From 1980 to 2005, approximately nine percent of U.S.-invented technical patents have at least one female inventor. Only four percent had a woman as the first inventor, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).
Women are underrepresented in many technology organizations; they can benefit from support and mentorship to develop professional skills and plan career paths. The Connected Women Technology Network (CWTN) is a technology community at Cisco that inspires, educates, enriches, and provides career, leadership, and personal development for technical women.
The CWTN development team helps women develop personalized solutions to career issues through speaker programs and mentoring events. Guided by CWTN Executive Advisors for technology and management career paths, we offer informative programs to explore professional skill-building opportunities, career advancement, and collaboration through regular seminars, one-to-one skip-level mentoring, and peer mentoring circles.
Our programs take full advantage of the network to bring participants together to foster interactive dialogues and collaboration. We meet over Cisco WebEx and Cisco TelePresence technologies.
What Makes CWTN Most Proud
Cisco is proud of the CWTN Innovation Series, which includes a number of panel discussions, brown-bag lunches, and networking events designed to:
CWTN in the Community
Cisco works with organizations such as the Anita Borg Institute, to inspire and develop a better future.