Cisco Live is Cisco’s largest customer event, and at this year’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility had its largest showing ever. More than 28,000 customers, partners, press, and analysts learned of our goal to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025.

The week kicked off with an exciting announcement when Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins shared how Cisco is innovating faster and better than ever before; and that “We all have a renewed desire to solve problems around the world.”

After showing the latest CSR video from Corporate Affairs Senior Vice President Tae Yoo, Chuck invited those in attendance and at home to become Global Problem Solvers and join us on the journey for social good. Of those who attended the keynote, 86 percent agreed that Chuck’s keynote helped them better understand Cisco CSR and our impact in the world.


But our week was only beginning. Other highlights included:

  • 250 attendees at Cisco Empowered Women’s Network watched Ruba Borno, Cisco Vice President of Growth Initiatives, highlight the Cisco Networking Academy by featuring a former student and an instructor in her keynote. The student, Soso Luningo, is now an instructor at an ICT Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she trains students in the NetAcad curriculum.
  • Approximately 1,300 customers and partners visited our Interactive Global Problem Solvers Wall in the World of Solutions. There, they got a firsthand look at how we’re accelerating global problem solving around the world through inspiring stories and photos.
  • Tae Yoo led a fireside chat with Living Goods Founder Chuck Slaughter in front of 125 CIOs and CTOs from Cisco’s leading customers and partners at the Executive Symposium. Tae highlighted how digitization has led to a greater understanding of the connection and interdependency between business, society and the planet. Living Goods, one of CSR’s nonprofit partners, has used digitization to reduce infant mortality of client in Uganda and Kenya by 25 percent.
  • The NetAcad Dream Team, which featured 10 students from North America, worked side-by-side with Cisco engineers to connect attendees to Cisco Live’s massive network.
  • Corporate Affairs vice presidents Kathy Mulvany, Laura Qunitana, and Harbrinder Kang joined Tae Yoo during one of Cisco Live’s television broadcast. They shared “Why Now is a Good Time to be a Global Problem Solver” to nearly 100,000 online attendees.

Cisco Live was the start of an exciting journey for Corporate Affairs. We have a tremendous opportunity to show how accelerating Global Problem Solving will enable individuals to reach their full potential in a digital economy and advance environmentally sustainable growth.

Visit our Corporate Social Responsibility website to see how you can become a global problem solver and create social impact!


Austin Belisle

No Longer with Cisco