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Join with Cisco to Imagine Your Possible

February 7, 2019 - 8 Comments

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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  1. Hi! So inspired by what I watched today and I would like to get involved. Where do I start? I am from Kansas City, Missouri and I am an Information Technology Assistant Director for County government. Worked in IT for the past 25 years. About 10 years ago, CISCO invited me to talk to high school kids about women in IT and it was a very successful event. Please let me know how to get involved. Thanks..

    • Hi there! I lead communications for Rola and am also the chair for Connected Women in Canada. Rola has asked I follow up with you! Can you drop me an email

    • Hi Tina,

      I am the CSR Manager for Cisco Networking Academy. My email is cstangvi@cisco. com. Please reach out to me. I work with Kansas City, MO very closely and would like to discuss how you can get involved with some the events in that area. Thank you Clydene

  2. It's encouraging to work for an organisation with so many female leaders, who alongside their male allies, continue to pursue, discuss and promote inclusion and the diversification of the workforce on a daily basis. Looking forward to #CiscoChat Live on Feb 13 and to #WOI2019 on International Women's Day! #WeAreCisco #WomenInTech #ExtraordinaryTogether

  3. I'm very excited to be hosting a watch party for the Women of Impact conference here in RTP – all the seats in the speaker room sold out within minutes! If you register for the conference you'll be placed on a wait list, so definitely get your name in!

  4. What a great example of inclusion; can’t wait to join!
    Thank you for your leadership!

  5. @RolaDagher, you are a great inspiration to help each of us Imagine Our Possible. I am a huge advocate for diversity of thought and enjoyed hearing your perspective.

  6. Super excited to participate in our 7th Women Of Impact 'Imagine Your Possible' this year. Thank you Rola for your sponsorship and advocacy of Cisco Connected Women Americas and for leading by example. Our Feb 13 #WOI2019 #CiscoChat Live is going to be awesome with our dynamic panelists. #WeAreCisco #WomenInTech #ExtraordinaryTogether