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Women supporting women in technology and beyond

by Stephanie Chan

Women supporting women in technology and beyond

See Cisco's programs for encouraging and supporting the women in their community.

Galentine's Day first took the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana by storm and then the real world outside of it soon after. NBC's sitcom Parks and Recreation showed how Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, would hail every February 13th as Galentine's Day—the day before Valentine's Day that celebrates the platonic love between women. This soon became a cultural movement that media have placed its mark of approval on, with everyone from Mashable to NPR talking about the day and its subsequent festivities.

We at Cisco have a lot to celebrate for Galentine's Day this year, with the aim to support and recognize women in technology year-round. Coming soon is International Women's Day on March 8th, with March 7th being Cisco's annual Women of Impact Conference. This conference brings global Cisco employees together to focus in on the professional development of women.



Last year's Women of Impact event brought 10,000 employees, customers, and partners together from more than 30 countries—many who came in via virtual broadcast. This event helped women shape their future in technology and collaborate with others on new ideas.

Another groundbreaking moment that occurred last year was when CEO Chuck Robbins signed the Multiplier Effect during Mobile World Congress at the Women Executive Roundtable. This pledge is an aim to support diversity in the tech industry—a leader promises to sponsor one diverse person and help them advance to the next level in their career.

Another wonderful program from Cisco helps bring more young women into STEM careers and academia. The Girls Power Tech event brings together speakers, volunteers, and mentors to work with students in an effort to make technology more accessible. Last May's Girls Power Tech event featured 90 offices in 50 countries, and hosted nearly 6,000 students.

To learn more about what Cisco is doing to recognize diversity and support women in the workforce, take a look at Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility page