Connected Women Leadership Forum


Bangalore, 27th May, 2009

Connected Women Leadership Forum

About Cisco


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Cisco Women's Action Network


As a high technology company which believes in the power of the ‘human network’, Cisco recognizes the importance of a very diverse work force. In line with its inclusive organisational culture, Cisco has a number of employee networks to support the development, and growth opportunities of staff. The Cisco India Women’s Action Network (WAN) was launched in November 2004 with the broad Vision “to contribute to the strategic effort to enhance Cisco's success in attracting, developing and retaining talented women employees”. Cisco views the activities of its Women’s Action Network (WAN) as integral to business success.

WAN India has more than 350 employees as its members. The WAN activities are strategized and executed by a core team of volunteers lead by the WAN leads, with the guidance of executive sponsors and thought leaders. The volunteers develop programs in line with the business guidelines, employee network directions and needs as per the local culture. The Executive sponsors give thought leadership, business direction and funding for WAN activities. The thought leaders give direction and guidance to the team for the activities and also help in driving down the message.

Some of the activities organized by Cisco WAN chapter in India include:

  • Mentoring
  • Professional workshops like the Role Model Leadership Series (RMLS)workshops
  • Community initiatives - Girls in Technology, Adopting charities focused on education
  • Networking events
  • 'Bring your kids to work' day

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