Our blog data says that the majority of our readers are English-speaking, but we are proud of our global employee base. So this blog is presented in two languages at the employee’s request. English first, and then Japanese directly underneath.

Hideaki wears a hat and sunglasses in front of a colorful mural.

I was born a premature infant and have been living in a wheelchair ever since I was a child. For me, this is not a disability, but an individuality – and I love that at Cisco I can ‘be you, with us.’

As a child and young adult, I tried to challenge myself with various sports – from marathoning to wheelchair basketball. I loved that through sports, I could not only enjoy my life but encourage others in similar circumstances – which helped me to discover pieces of who I am and broaden my horizons.

I realized, however, that I do not like competition – and it was then that I realized the easiest way to become ‘number one’ was not by competiting at all, but by being the ONLY one. I could win by being my unique self!

Still, I had a lot to learn. And while I had never been confident in myself, in learning about diversity while at university – I began to see what my true strengths and values were. I learned that there is strength in our own unique differences and accepting each other as individuals too!

This, eventually, led me to Cisco.

My original perception of the company was quite different than what I learned Cisco was all about. I thought it was a corporate business, that results were all that mattered. And while results are important, Cisco is also very upfront about the importance of their culture. Making a real impact, contributing to others – both within the company and to our communities across the globe, and leading in diversity through inclusion and collaboration are key culture notes at Cisco.

I chose to work at Cisco because our values aligned, and I could see that my work within People and Communities would be great next steps in my career.

Hideaki holds up his medal while wearing a marathon race bib on his shirt.

As an Inclusion & Collaboration (I&C) Program Manager where I oversee Cisco’s Employee Resource Organizations (ERO) activities in Japan I also help to promote our culture every day. For example, did you know that Cisco uses “Inclusion and Collaboration” instead of “Diversity and Inclusion” because we believe that the company is made by everyone, and that it takes all of us collaborating and learning from each other to innovate together?

I feel that this is a wonderful workplace because of an environment where we can freely exchange opinions and be ourselves. I have worked for other companies, but none have had a culture that was as supportive. We collaborate, work together effectively, and are there for each other consistently. We are encouraged to grow not only our career and strengths, but as individuals too.

While in Hawaii, I learned about the word, “Aloha” – and it is a word I have lived by since. It means to have a “heart” or “spirit” that accepts everything, that you treat people with respect and love. And this word reminds me of working at Cisco, as we have a great sense of Aloha here.

Ready to join our Aloha? We’re hiring. Apply now.







A Cisco banner with a person swinging a tennis racket intertwined with 2020








Ready to join our Aloha?  Apply now. 


Hideaki Nagamine

People & Communities Representative

People & Communities-Japan