As a Cisco employee of over 20 years, I have witnessed the power of the network. I am not talking about the millions of computing networks we have built and supported globally. I am talking about building a network for good. I have witnessed this power as an employee; when we’re given the gift to be involved, learn, and experience activities where we give back to the communities in my home country of Colombia. Over the last two decades, I have gotten the opportunity to support people and organizations working miracles every day. Here are a few examples:
When a person lives in a community that doesn’t have access to a power grid, it means no electricity. When you lack access to sustainable and affordable energy services and products, it is called energy poverty.
This blog comes to us from Shae Williams, a former software executive with IBM, who cofounded a nonprofit Coalition of Parents in Esports (COPE) in 2020 to assist parents and their children to get the most from their online gaming experiences. COPE is a 501c3 nonprofit empowering youth, parents, educators, and community leaders to use the gaming metaverse to build confidence, curiosity, community, and careers through programs and scholarships. She will speak at an upcoming Women Rock-IT event on April 28, 2022.
After nearly five years in the U.S. Army, Averi Hall was concerned about the transition back to civilian life. “I’ve known a lot of veterans who struggle with their career when they get out,” she says.
Water is one of Earth’s most precious natural resources. Although about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, only 3 percent of it is fresh water, and less than 1 percent of fresh water is available to humans for consumption.
Cisco is a tech giant, but social good is at the heart of everything they do. Cisco’s 2021 Purpose Report highlighted several accomplishments in 2021, including: providing job training to roughly three million students worldwide, contributing $477 million to community programs globally and deriving 85 percent of its energy from renewable sources.