Inclusion and Diversity

October 29, 2020

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

The Call for Social Justice – Where Do We Go From Here

Since the murder of George Floyd, I’ve had friends and co-workers ask me: “What can I do to support the Black community?” I love the spirit and intention of this question. My initial response is that it’s about leveraging the Power of Proximity.

Diversity of Thought: Building a Dream Team

Getting a diverse group to work as a team isn’t always easy – but it’s well worth the effort. It meant our team more closely resembled the Cisco customers that use our products.

Proximity: Our Defining Moment Post-Crisis  

I believe the ability to maximize the exponential power of diverse teams will be the single most important leadership capability of the future!  The foundation of building an inclusive future for all is for executives to have exposure and knowledge of their diverse talent.

The Cisco Customer Experience Journey to an Inclusive Culture: Leveraging The Power of Proximity

That's the moment the Inclusion Proximity Initiative was born – challenging leaders in Cisco's CX organization to meet with employees from diverse backgrounds. There is POWER in proximity!

Power is Influence, and We’re All Influencers

Last week, the 41st annual Simmons Leadership Conference (SLC) took place via Cisco Webex. SLC is the premier women’s leadership conference in the world, attracting over 4,000 middle and senior-level women attendees.

Celebrate: Moving Forward with Courage, Empathy, Equality, and Community

I’ve been involved in women advocacy groups throughout my career, and I’ve found that three themes are concurrent through all of that work: courage, empathy, and equality.

Just Do It!

I’ve been fortunate in that lots of people have given me advice over the years for my professional development. I’d like to pass on three things that have helped me, and I hope at least one or two of them will be useful to you.

To Give Back is Ingrained in Our Culture

This year, Women of Cisco is celebrating throughout the whole month of March with their Women of Impact program! YES, that’s 31 days of inspiration, giving back, developing and celebrating women!

Inspire: Who I’ll Be Thinking About on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we have an opportunity to celebrate the women who’ve given us inspiration. The day is a gift – it’s the perfect time to remember the progress that’s been made on gender equality, to shed some light on everything that still needs to be done and to recognize those who’ve helped to inch the bar to benefit everyone.