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Celebrating Creativity and Authenticity: Cisconians’ Skills and Careers Shine


Final month, the Related Black Professionals Inclusive Neighborhood shone the highlight on proficient members at occasions highlighting Black creativity in celebration of African Individuals within the Arts — this 12 months’s Black Historical past Month theme.

Hear what it means for these Cisconians who carried out at CBP occasions to convey their passions to work and present up as their genuine selves each day.

Jamari Cortez, Buyer Challenge Supervisor

I formally started my DJ profession a number of months earlier than getting my job as a mission supervisor at Cisco again in 2019. Initially, I might preserve the 2 worlds separate, however over time, I spotted that being a DJ and being a mission supervisor had been two elements of myself that blended collectively completely. My objectives as a DJ are a lot completely different than others within the trade, and I consider by working my enterprise, I’m able to develop as a mission supervisor, and by managing initiatives for Cisco, I’m able to develop as a DJ. My principal aim as a DJ is to create memorable experiences for all of my purchasers whereas additionally making a enjoyable, protected area and a form of escape from actuality for others, even when it’s only for a number of hours.

From making birthday and child bathe playlists for members of my staff to showcasing my expertise to different groups throughout Cisco, I’m grateful to be in a piece atmosphere that encourages me to proceed being a artistic, and I hope I’m able to proceed connecting with others and impacting extra folks via my ardour.

India Williams, Collaborations Buyer Success Supervisor

I’ve been performing in group theater for ten years and singing virtually all my life. Every character I get to painting and every music I select to sing takes me to a different world and permits me to attach with audiences, elevate their spirits, and inform a narrative in a means they’ve by no means seen or heard it informed. My capability to make a robust reference to folks has carried over properly into my position as a CSM and as a collaborator with my fellow Cisco colleagues.

Being a artistic is ingrained into the material of my being. I’m grateful for the help Cisco supplies for me to thrive in my position whereas nourishing my ardour for theater and performing arts. A sensible particular person as soon as mentioned, “You may’t pour from an empty cup.” Pursuing artistic retailers fuels my spirit and brings achievement, which retains me motivated and enhances my affect at Cisco. I’m particularly grateful for the alternatives I get to totally convey my presents to work, akin to performing in CBP’s Dwelling Historical past Museum, BHM occasions, and recording voice-overs for varied initiatives. When ardour and career dance in concord, it’s a profitable melody for all!

Brandon Saunders, Gross sales Lead Improvement Consultant

Since becoming a member of Cisco in February of 2023, there was a major enchancment in my total wellness and high quality of life. The versatile hybrid work construction empowered me to discover a strategy to obtain a lot: a way of job/monetary safety, a path for future success, and, most significantly, a sustainable work-life stability. That permits me to dedicate extra time, power, and assets to my artwork — my music.

I used to really feel like I used to be actually simply residing to work, solely utilizing my time not working to relaxation and put together for the following workday. Now, it feels extra like I’m working to essentially stay my life. It’s been a catalyst of kinds for me to proceed to evolve and develop my sound as I create extra music.

Cisco creates occasions, each digital and in-person, that enable us to both create or share our artwork with our groups at work. Whether or not it’s an in-person karaoke open mic occasion within the Chicago workplace or a worldwide digital showcase of artistry at Cisco throughout Black Historical past Month, Cisco commits assets and funds to EROs and passions we share.

One of many issues I’m most happy with is our presence and sponsorship of the 2023 AfroTech convention. It meant loads to see that I used to be representing an organization that demonstrated such a powerful presence on the largest occasion on this planet for black and brown professionals within the expertise trade.

See how else Cisco is cultivating an atmosphere wherein all of us thrive.

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