Guiding the Post-Pandemic Recovery

Words by Andy Navarrete

There is a natural desire, born of uncertainty and anxiety, to see 2020 as an anomaly: a unique moment in time when an unprecedented global pandemic has forced us to radically alter our daily lives. What’s more, these events have opened another window into the disparities that exist in our communities — from access to health care and education, to racial injustice. 

Powering an Inclusive Future Through Corporate Social Responsibility

By Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Cisco

Cisco’s purpose to power an inclusive future for all is something the company has been committed to for decades. The power of our technology to create positive and inclusive outcomes on a global scale was immediately apparent to Cisco’s founders and has been core to our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs ever since. We have always focused on providing individuals and communities with access to opportunities—helping people get their basic needs met, obtain relevant skills, and find or create meaningful employment in a digital economy.

Mental Health: Practical Strategies for Cultivating Mental Resilience

By Emily Winer Suresky

COVID-19 has changed how the world lives and works. While many people – like frontline healthcare workers – have continued to serve in public-facing roles, others have been able to explore new work-from-to home options that may well become permanent. Still others are planning, or are already making, a staged return to the workplace.

How Investing in Women Helps Everyone During a Pandemic


by Ebony Perkins, Investor and Community Relations Manager at Self-Help Credit Union

Can women really have it all?

Women have made much progress in the last century. They gained the right to vote, currently earn a higher percentage of college degrees than male counterparts, and represent more than half of the American workforce. Despite their strides, women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic’s economic effects, and their progress is in jeopardy.

'First line of defense': COVID Prompts Rethink in Role of Buildings

By Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters Foundation
From office workers to students, Americans facing colder weather and more time inside have a pressing question: How can they keep safe amid a pandemic that scientists say thrives in indoor settings?

The search for answers has prompted a new look at what architects and their buildings can do to help, both now and in the future.

Read more via Reuters on how our buildings can help promote health and safety, featuring IWBI president & CEO Rachel Hodgdon.

When Partners and Cisco Work Together, Great Things Happen

By John Moses, Vice President, Americas Partner Organization

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the old adage is true: necessity truly is the mother of invention. It’s also shown us that when we work together, not only can we adapt, but we can overcome challenges and even achieve things we previously hadn’t thought were possible.

Our partners have been the very embodiment of those ideas over the course of this year, helping in ways large and small all around the world. Cisco, too, has leaned into the challenges that 2020 has thrown our way, and together we’ve worked to create the solutions our communities need most.

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?


While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing.

HACR To Host Programs Virtually in 2021, Will Resume In-Person Events in 2022

Decision follows success of 2020 virtual conferences and commitment to safety amidst coronavirus pandemic
Press Release

WASHINGTON, November 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ --The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) announced that it will host all programs virtually in 2021. This includes all annual conferences, outlined below, as well as all webinars. The decision follows the organization’s successful virtual conferences in 2020 and its commitment to the safety of all of those involved in planning and hosting its events. 

Sweet Relief: A Small-Business Owner Gets Back on Her Feet

As small businesses suffer the economic impact of COVID-19, Truist and community partner LISC are working to bring resources to rural towns.

Culpeper, Virginia, resident beekeeper and small-business owner Felecia Chavez has had a difficult year. Her business lost 90% of its revenue. She couldn’t pay her employees. Her landlord raised her rent. And she contracted COVID-19.

1.5 Million Meals: How Virginia's Food Banks Are Feeding Families Safely

As food banks across the country struggle during the pandemic, a Truist Cares* grant has helped Virginia’s food banks meet the unprecedented demand.

Across Virginia, Feeding America predicts the number of people facing food insecurity to increase by about 50% this year due to the pandemic.


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