In the dynamic and fast-changing technology sector, it takes a smart, motivated, diverse workforce to stay ahead of the competition. At Cisco, we are committed to a culture that values such diversity, which makes us better, stronger, and more agile.

The Executive Leadership Council is an organization that is helping improve the pipeline of diverse executive-level talent. Through its Foundation, the ELC provides scholarships and training programs designed to help African-American employees discover pathways to promotion, up to and including the senior-most executives and board members of America’s largest companies.

Tonight, at the ELC’s annual recognition gala at National Harbor, the organization will celebrate and recognize individuals and companies that are supporting the ELC in its activities, and the individuals it is advancing through its programming.

Cisco is proud to be the Lead Sponsor of “The Power of One” celebration. Our CEO, Chuck Robbins, will be on stage as part of the event, and Cisco will be well-represented by executives and leaders from within our company.

“At Cisco, we strive to connect everything, innovate everywhere, and benefit everyone—but we can’t do that without the power of our people,” says Chuck Robbins. “Each one of our employees brings unique talents, backgrounds, and experiences that contribute to our success as a company. It is only by creating a culture that values all diverse perspectives that Cisco will be able to capture opportunities in the future.”

Congratulations to the Executive Leadership Council on the occasion of their annual gala, and for their hard work in opening up a diverse talent pipeline for future executives.