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I want to come right out and say thank you to our community for all you do to create a diverse and inclusive DevNet and Cisco Certifications ecosystem. Your thoughts, ideas, openness, and vulnerability are what make our community great! In fact, one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received was how inclusive our community is. How you welcome everyone from different backgrounds, with different coding abilities. And that’s all due to you, the DevNet community.

Earlier this year during DevNet Day and at Cisco Live, we challenged you all to offer ideas and suggestions on how we can all ensure positive, proactive progress. Progress that accelerates transformation, innovation, and growth for a more inclusive future. 

Today, we’re sharing one perspective from DevNet community member, CCIE Advisory Council Member, and cofounder of init6, Derek Winchester, on how we can all embrace diversity and be a champion for each other in our careers and as humans. Our intention in this listening session is to learn from Derek as he shares his experiences as a Black professional, Cisco certified individual, and DevNet community member. His stories are powerful and moving.  

View the full video to hear Derek’s perspective firsthand: 

Let’s build an even more diverse community together

The developer community is stronger because of the diversity of our ecosystem, and we want to continue building that diversity, together. With Cisco certifications and DevNet, our goal is to help you build new skills and to expand your career and job possibilities. How we move forward – and how you all embrace each other and create a welcoming environment for new and existing DevNet and Cisco certified community members – makes all the difference. Whether you’re new to the Cisco certified and DevNet communities, or you’ve been around for awhile, we’re here to help you on your journey and to power a more inclusive future.

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