Cisco Systems Inc, a technology solutions company, has reiterated its commitment to empowering women develop their skills as individual contributors, managers, and executives, including an internal employee resource group dedicated to the development of women, called the Cisco Connected Women (CCW) and increasing their participation in the traditionally male high-technology industry.
Over the last ten years, CCW has offered more than 4000 global members opportunities for development, networking and generating new business. It contributes to a strategic effort to enhance Cisco’s success in attracting, developing and retaining talented female employees.
Speaking about females participating in the technology industry, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, Country Manager, Cisco Nigeria said: “In the context of a male-dominated industry, Cisco is making intent-based decisions to promote inclusiveness, diversity and overall female participation in the industry.
The company explained that the CCW Nigeria activities were strategically executed by a core team of volunteers led by the CCW chiefs, with the guidance of executive sponsors and thought leaders.
It said, “The volunteers develop programmes in line with the Cisco’s business guidelines, employee network directions and needs as per the local culture.
“As a high technology company, which believes in the power of the human network, Cisco recognises the importance of a very diverse workforce and the value of employee mobility. In addition, in line with its inclusive organisational culture, Cisco has a number of employee networks to support the development, and growth opportunities of members of staff.”