Cisco Offices Around the World Host Students for “International Girls in ICT Day”

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Cisco Offices Around the World Host Students for “International Girls in ICT Day”

by Jennifer Barr
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47 girls from 9 schools attended the Girls in ICT Day event at Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California. Here the girls share their favorite activities with the group.

A panel of recent college hires at Cisco answered questions from the girls about careers in technology

Cisco offices in Texas and Kansas in the United States and in Toronto, Canada, connect visiting school girls via Cisco TelePresence technology for Girls In ICT Day.

208 girls in 11 countries from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa attended Girls in ICT events at Cisco offices

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9:55am

Even though I grew up surrounded by engineers and technology in Silicon Valley, I didn’t decide to seriously study science until my freshman year in college, when I switched my major from economics to theoretical mathematics at the suggestion of my calculus professor. That was the first time a teacher told me I had a strong aptitude for math and encouraged me to expand my idea of what kinds of studies and careers to pursue. Mentors are widely recognized as being a key factor in helping girls decide to study science and technology. This is especially true in developing counties where there are traditionally fewer professional female role models. Cisco is a champion for educating girls and women in technology and understands the importance of mentors early in a girl’s academic career. This is why 70 Cisco offices in 52 countries are putting on events for International Girls in ICT Day, introducing students to successful professionals and encouraging them to study science and technology.

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