Cisco connects women in the emirates

Claire Jones

Cisco today launched Cisco Connected Women (CCW) within the UAE – part of a worldwide initiative which offers its female employees opportunities for development, networking and philanthropic activities.

Cisco Connected Women is the first chapter to be established in the region and supports the UAE vision of a ‘Connected Nation’. The initiative recognizes the need for more women to participate in the technology industry. Currently, over 50 female Cisco employees in the UAE undertake mentoring, career advice, work-life balance and personal development activities.

Claire Jones, regional manager and CCW UAE Lead, Cisco, “Cisco Connected Women is passionate about supporting the development of world-class, next generation women leaders. We are delighted to bring the initiative to the region, in order to support the growth of women in top business roles in the UAE. We believe that we have many talented women within Cisco and that through networking, collaboration, coaching and learning from each other we enrich our work and personal experience.”

By women and for women, CCW develops programs in line with business guidelines, employee network directions and needs of the employees within the UAE. The initiative aims to attract, develop and retain talented female employees, building a local network of women in the technology industry through professional training.

With the aim to include partners and customers in the future, the vision supports the development of world-class, next-generation women leaders by connecting them internally, externally, globally and locally.

Cisco Connected Women is a ten years old program with over 4,000 global members earlier know as Cisco Women Action Network. The CCW UAE will focus on three pillars РBusiness Impact, Talent Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. It will run programs and resources that help women to develop their skills as individual contributors, managers and executives.