Girls from 56 countries urged to seize the opportunities of Internet of Everything
April 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Today, Cisco is hosting 3300 girls from 56 countries in 91 locations as part of the inaugural ‘Girls Power Tech' mentoring initiative, coinciding with the United Nations' Girls in ICT day. Girls Power Tech is focused on mentoring girls aged 13-18 to learn first-hand about career opportunities in information and communication technology (ICT). Events have taken place since April 16 and continue through May 22.
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We are about to show more than 3,000 girls and young women around the world that they can be the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists—the dreamers and doers who will invent the future.
The number of women in the ICT workforce is unfortunately very low – hovering around 30 percent. But if the insightful feedback, eye-opening observations and encouraging outlooks expressed by our #CiscoChat participants is any indication, the future for women in both ICT and STEM is on track to be exceptionally bright.
In 2013, Roland Holloway learned he was cancer-free. For 9 years, Roland, a Cisco employee, had battled neck cancer, but a surprising recovery inspired him to give back to his community. With the help of Cisco’s Employee Purchase Donation Program (EPDP), Roland is empowering a local nonprofit with new technologies and helping others in need.
Did you know that women account for only 30 percent of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce? Or that they earn 57 percent of all U.S. undergraduate degrees, but only 18 percent of undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees?
Last week, I was acknowledged by the Alum Rock Counseling Center for my personal commitment to mentoring at-risk students. As I prepared my thank you remarks, I was reminded how much I value youth mentoring nonprofits such as Alum Rock, Big Brother Big Sisters, and Child Advocates. Through mentor-mentee relationships, students are propelled to learn, to grow, and to discover their own genius.
Today, the United States joins a growing group of countries proposing national contributions to a global climate pact to reduce carbon pollution. Ahead of negotiations in Paris this December, nearly every nation on Earth will be on this list, marking a major turning point on climate cooperation.