At Cisco, inclusion and diversity are central to who we are. I’m incredibly proud to work for a company that has one of the most diverse Executive Leadership Teams in the industry – 42% women and 58% diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity. Cisco is focused on enabling full-spectrum diversity, inclusive of abilities, genders, generations, cultures, ethnicities, orientations, work styles, and points of view.

For me, diversity encompasses all of these because they all add up to diversity of perspective and the ability to adapt to constant change. I firmly believe diversity of thought is essential to building a successful, adaptable work force and team.

This focus on inclusion and collaboration is one of the reasons I chose to work here, and also the reason I’m so proud to be the Executive Sponsor for Cisco’s global Connected Women organization. This employee group, which has thousands of members in over 39 chapters across 55 countries, focuses on fostering inclusion and collaboration, and providing Cisco’s women employees with networking and professional development opportunities to accelerate their careers.

One of those development opportunities is the Women of Impact conference. This event – which coincides with International Women’s Day – is attended by over 15,000 Cisco employees, partners, and customers in over 100 sites across 52 countries. It also features a global broadcast from five different sites around the world that are open to the public. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Possible” and attendees are encouraged to spend the day on their own professional development, gaining the resources, insights, and inspiration they need to imagine their own possible.

Register now and join us on March 5th to hear from Cisco Executives, thought leaders, and inspirational guest speakers. Attend Women of Impact 2019 and discover how you can build a bridge between your career aspirations and your career reality.

I will be in Toronto, with our amazing employees, customers, and partners sharing our experiences and reimagining what’s possible. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Want to learn more about Women of Impact and participate in the conversation? Join the #CiscoChat Live on Wednesday, February 13th, at 10 am Pacific Time on the Cisco YouTube channel to participate in a discussion around Women in Technology: Building Bridges to Possible. And share your thoughts on how you plan to imagine your possible on Twitter @Cisco_WOI using #WOI2019 and #WomenInTech.

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Rola Dagher


Cisco Canada