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Tae Yoo

Senior Vice President

Corporate Affairs

The catalyst for Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vision, Tae leads the company’s social investments as well as champions environmental efforts and a triple bottom line framework (social, environmental, and financial) across the business. Ms. Yoo drives a strategy that engages public-private partnerships and leverages Cisco’s business, technical, and financial assets for inclusive growth and social impact in communities around the world. After a commitment in 2016 to positively impact 1 billion people with digital solutions by 2025, Cisco has already impacted 527 million, primarily through its strategic social investments and efforts to catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports progress and inclusive growth. Corporate Affairs also invests in developing digital skills and creating positive change in education and workforce development. Through her leadership, the Cisco Networking Academy program has become one of the largest ICT education programs in the world, reaching over 12.6 million students since the program’s inception in 1997 and helping 2.7 million people get jobs since 2005. Ms. Yoo was one of Cisco’s early employees. Prior to Corporate Affairs, she was influential in creating new markets for Cisco by co-founding the Business Development organization. She also spent time based in Europe where she provided leadership to Cisco’s Global Distribution Channels, a critical component in the company’s growth. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Yoo’s insight and business acumen have enabled Cisco to successfully collaborate across government, business, and NGOs for tangible, positive outcome. Ms. Yoo envisions a world where everyone will be able to participate and succeed in the digital economy. As a CSR trailblazer recently named one of GreenBiz’ 25 Badass Women Shaping Climate Action in 2021, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and Assent Compliance’s Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders, Ms. Yoo frequently speaks and writes on the evolution of CSR as well as the need for better broadband access in developing countries, innovative education models that lead to jobs, and a new generation of innovators who leverage technology for social impact. Currently, Ms. Yoo is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation and member of the Service Year Alliance Board. She is also a member on the WEF Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Education and Skills and a founding member of the CSR Board. Ms. Yoo holds a degree in Communications from Virginia Tech.

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June 29, 2017

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Announcing the Inaugural Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

Through the first-ever Cisco Global Problem Solver (GPS) Challenge, we are able to recognize the vision and accomplishments of social entrepreneurs who are students and recent grads.

March 6, 2017

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Be Bold For Change

We celebrate the unique role of women in our world, the tools used for social change, and the technology to extend their reach. So be bold, make the imaginable possible.

March 2, 2017

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How Digital Skills Create Opportunities for People With Disabilities

Technology and innovation create opportunities, and not just for businesses and governments, but for the world. Today we are experiencing a digital revolution with the power to accelerate global problem solving, enabling people and societies to thrive. We are bringing that philosophy to life today, by announcing our commitment to expand the Cisco Networking Academy […]

Cisco’s FY16 CSR Report: Empowering Global Problem Solvers

This blog originally appeared on The Platform. We live in the age of digitization where astonishing opportunities emerge when people and devices connect. Mobile technology empowers remote workers. IoT-based factories achieve new levels of efficiency. Sensors monitor the availability of clean drinking water. We are innovating and reaching people in ways never before possible. At […]

December 12, 2016

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Cisco’s FY16 CSR Report: Empowering Global Problem Solvers

We live in the age of digitization where astonishing opportunities emerge when people and devices connect. Mobile technology empowers remote workers. IoT-based factories achieve new levels of efficiency. Sensors monitor the availability of clean drinking water. We are innovating and reaching people in ways never before possible. At Cisco, we strive to bring the benefits […]

November 11, 2016

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The Unique Perspective Veterans Bring to Businesses

Veterans like Stan Roberts have served our country in a myriad of ways. As a United States Marine, Stan served three tours in Iraq. He received many combat-related awards before he lost his leg and was medically retired. After 11 years with the military, Stan had to reset his plans of entering law enforcement, where […]

October 31, 2016

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Ending Poverty Through Financial Inclusion

World Savings Day was established in 1924 to promote the value of thrift.  Representatives of 29 countries wanted to bring to mind the idea of savings and its relevance to both the individual and the economy. Today, the focus of the banks that organize World Savings Day is on the “unbanked,” the more than 2.5 […]

Cisco’s Big Bet on a Big Idea

This blog originally appeared on The Huffington Post Two years ago, I stood on stage in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with a quote on the screen behind me. It read, “All it takes is one big idea to change the world.” I was speaking at the Franklin Project’s Summit where General Stan McChrystal called upon 350 leaders in […]

Digitization Can Create a More Humane World

Today – World Humanitarian Day – is dedicated to recognizing the work and sacrifices of humanitarian personnel. It is also a day to create awareness for the people and organizations that save lives, reduce suffering, and respect human dignity – to recognize those who are working to solve some of our most pressing global challenges. […]