23 May Cisco encourages female students to pursue careers in technology through its girls power tech program
Cisco hosted its annual Girls Power Tech event at its Dubai office, where more than 60 female students from several schools had the opportunity to interact with technology professionals, Cisco executives, other women role models and peers. Aligned with the UN’s global Girls in ICT Day, Cisco’s Girls Power Tech is held annually and offers a special learning opportunity for female students to connect with Cisco and other mentors on-site at Cisco offices around the world.
Cisco’s Girls Power Tech is a global mentoring initiative that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider educational and career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and technology. The UAE version of the event included a number of engaging activities, including inspirational talks by prominent women innovators and guest speakers, a morning chat session with senior Cisco executives, in addition to an Internet of Things (IoT) challenge and a speed mentoring session.
“Cisco has multiple initiatives aimed at encouraging young females to pursue careers and education in technology and they stem from our conviction that gender inclusion and empowering women is vital to business and society,” said Mike Weston, Vice President of Cisco Middle East. “The benefits of gender diversity are reaped by everyone, not just women, and we have a shared responsibility to do more to increase women’s representation in the workforce. Greater inclusion means organizations and the industry as a whole gain diverse perspectives, deeper understanding of customers and markets, and ultimately, better performance levels.”