Connect the unconnected

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected.

At Cisco, we see inclusion as a bridge—a way to connect diverse perspectives. To spark new ideas, explore new possibilities, tap into the power of digital transformation, and inspire innovation.

Connected Women organisation

We are inventing new ways to multiply the power of our people and developing innovative solutions to some of our most business-critical challenges and opportunities. We are expanding our commitment to fair pay. Accelerating our diverse talent. Investing in our emerging diverse leaders. Creating new realms of inclusion through technology, as seen in our Cisco LifeChanger and Connected Health and Education programs. Partnering across the globe to our communities. In The Netherlands, we have a very active local chapter of Cisco’s global Connected Women organisation. This group consists of volunteers who’s aim is to promote gender equality and advance the position of women in the workplace. Our Connected Women are actively supported by our Country Leadership Board and are an integral part of our broader Inclusion & Collaboration initiatives. We work with various partners to organize and support initiatives and events throughout the year, aimed to inspire and educate.

Mentoring young women

Cisco is committed to inspiring more people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers. We feel it is imperative to develop initiatives to increase the number of girls and women who pursue STEM careers. Although women make up 46 percent of the workforce, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. Every April, we support Girls in ICT Day, a global event organized by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union that is in its sixth year. Cisco has been participating in this initiative from the beginning, inspiring thousands of young women from around the world to learn about the opportunities that the technology sector holds for their future through hands-on exposure to the latest technology and engagement with Cisco employee volunteers. In 2015, Cisco launched Girls Power Tech, a Cisco Global Mentoring Initiative dedicated to mentoring young women on or around Girls in ICT Day. In 2016, Cisco provided nearly 5500 young women at 104 Cisco offices in 61 countries a special learning opportunity to connect with Cisco mentors onsite and to learn about Cisco technology. In addition to launching Girls Power Tech, Cisco has also pledged that 20 percent of its workforce will spend 20 hours a year on STEM mentoring by 2020, with an emphasis on women and girls.