Sandy Hoffman is Cisco’s Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for the Global Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) team. Since establishing this role five years ago, Cisco has built momentum in reinvesting in employees and enabling employee engagement and inclusion outcomes that fuel innovation and market leadership. Hoffman facilitates a global I&D board which sets the I&D agenda for the company. Her team is responsible for developing the strategic plan for I&D cross- functionally and for Cisco’s external diversity partnerships.
Hoffman’s position incorporates the responsibilities in her previous role as Senior Director, Operations, Processes, and Systems (OPS), where she continues to lead her team in developing revolutionary architectural design and approaches for three large-scale, enterprise-wide transformational programs.
Hoffman’s perspective on the importance of providing tangible measurements to advocate for inclusion and diversity at work is presented in Diversity Best Practice’s publication, “Global Diversity Primer”. Her thought leadership on encouraging and advancing a pipeline of diverse talent, particularly in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as it relates to preparing the workplace of the future, has been published in Latino Magazine’s “Unleashing the Potential of Young Latinos”.
Hoffman previously oversaw world-wide operations in Global Supply Chain Operations for Cisco’s manufacturing partners, driving revenue while sustaining world-class product quality and delivery. Prior to joining Cisco Hoffman held various executive roles within the supply chain at Nortel Networks, Radius, and Apple Computer.
Inside her belief that life is about contribution, Hoffman spends much of her spare time mentoring people; listening to them, learning from them, giving back and providing a safe space for honest conversation, devoid of judgment. As well as being a spokesperson in the importance of attracting diverse candidates into STEM fields, Workplace 2020 and the future of the workplace, Hoffman is spearheading new research into workplace advocacy initiatives.
Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, certificates in Supply Chain Management as well as Leadership Development, and is a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP). The latter is the first such program in the US signifies the recognition of the growing complexities and depth in the field of workplace diversity.