Inclusion and Diversity
How to set up a Reverse Mentoring Program in 10 Steps
In 2011, I wrote a blog called “The Results: How Reverse Mentoring Can Enhance Diversity and Inclusion”. The blog described the benefits, the lessons learned and the most popular areas to mentor from a Reverse Mentoring Program I led at Cisco. Since publishing this blog, I’ve been touched by the number of people who have […]
Veterans Corporate Technology Day 2013
Veterans Corporate Technology Day (VCTD) at Cisco Systems is on Thursday, November 7, 2013. The day brings U.S. military personnel, spouses and caregivers to Cisco campuses and exposes them to available resources as they potentially transition to the civilian workforce. Events will be hosted at 5 locations around the U.S.
Working Mother Magazine Recognizes Cisco and Ileana Rivera
We are extremely proud to announce that Cisco has been recognized by Working Mother magazine’s prestigious 2013 100 Best Companies list. For...
My Experience at the Commemoration of MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech
It is with much excitement that I write this blog post – a first for me – on the Cisco Inclusion and Diversity blog. On August 27th I traveled from San Jose, CA to Washington D.C. to attend the 50th anniversary and commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic I Have a Dream speech held […]
Sheryl Sandberg’s Japan Visit
Cisco SVP of HQ Sales – Japan, Yasufumi Hirai, and I had the privilege to meet Sheryl Sandberg earlier this month at a private luncheon reception sponsored by Nikkei Weekly News. We were so inspired by her. She gave me a hug when I mentioned I was from Cisco. She says “John Chambers has been […]
Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Launch at CiscoLive!
https://youtu.be/1JT3C9XoGQU On June 22, the first Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) session was held at the CiscoLive! conference in Orlando, Florida. It was an opportunity for Cisco’s...
A solo trip to Russia
When you hear about Russia, what images come to your mind? Grand Palaces, matryoshka dolls, vodka? Since studying Russian history at school and in my endeavour to visit as many countries as possible during my lifetime (I’ve currently visited 42), I’ve always wanted to visit the largest country in the world and to see the […]
How Women Lead In the Workplace
Long after she made it cool to be a woman in high tech, Sheryl Sandberg is now making it popular to talk about...
JUMP up and be counted
It was no great surprise to hear the 2012 McKinsey report Women Matter1 say that women are still under-represented at board and leadership levels. This slow-but-steady progress isn’t for want of trying. In fact, the report notes there are more learning and development initiatives aimed specifically at women than ever before. This increased investment is […]