Middle Eastern Women Gain Business Experience

Case Study

As part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which was designed to work with the people and governments of the Arab world to increase political, economic, and educational opportunities for all individuals in that region, five female business professionals from the Middle East were offered internships at Cisco in 2006 in order to experience a different country and culture. Women from Morocco, Dubai, Egypt, Iraq, and Israel completed a one-month business course and then began working in diverse roles across Cisco.

"It was amazing to see these women transform," says Anabelle Pinto, director of worldwide marketing, gender diversity. "It was also compelling to hear our managers talk about how much they gained during this program."