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Partnering for Goal: Bridging the Gender Hole in Management Improvement

Partnering for Goal: Bridging the Gender Hole in Management Improvement

Within the dynamic panorama of the expertise sector, gender range stays a big problem. The noticeable absence of ladies, notably in senior management roles, underscores an ongoing wrestle inside the trade. Their underrepresentation isn’t only a matter of statistics; it’s concerning the untapped wealth of concepts, insights, and contributions ladies inherently carry to the desk.

Whereas discussions usually revolve round attracting feminine expertise, the highlight should additionally illuminate the crucial areas of retention and growth for present feminine professionals. Not solely does this strategy maintain intrinsic worth, nevertheless it additionally proves to be less expensive. Contemplating the expense related to recruiting senior leaders externally, investing within the progress and development of present feminine expertise emerges as a strategic crucial.

By nurturing and empowering present feminine expertise, organizations can fortify their feminine management pipelines and set up strong succession plans. It’s a proactive step in the direction of fostering an inclusive tradition and making certain that the brightest expertise, no matter gender, ascend to positions of affect and senior management.

Our Dedication

Cisco’s Partnering for Goal initiative is a technique we, as Cisco workers, carry our dedication to energy an inclusive future for all to life. We leverage our expertise, our folks, our experience in collaboration with our channel companions to share finest practices and amplify constructive influence–on folks, our communities, and our planet.

The Bridge the Hole program

A notable finest observe is the Bridge the Hole program, the brainchild of Justine McDermott throughout her tenure as a senior gross sales chief within the Cisco United Kingdom and Eire (UKI) companion group. Conscious about the gender disparities within the tech sector, Justine collaborated with Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a worldwide expertise consulting firm, to develop a management program geared toward empowering future feminine leaders inside Cisco’s companion group. Bridge the Hole offers members with a wealthy studying expertise to deal with profession obstacles. This system has seen exceptional success within the Cisco UKI companion group.

In 2023, Cisco’s Partnering for Goal initiative introduced Bridge the Hole’s modern strategy to a worldwide viewers, extending its influence worldwide.

Paying it ahead

Amplifying the Bridge the Hole program, Partnering for Goal created a brand new (sponsorship) mannequin for Cisco companions to contribute and assist their trade friends in creating and retaining their feminine expertise.

The inaugural Partnering for Goal cohort (June 2023) was sponsored, under no circumstances by the way, by World Extensive Know-how (WWT). Elevating ladies in management is a crucial precedence for them, which is why they’ve been concerned in each cohort since its UKI inception in 2019. WWT has instantly witnessed this system’s influence and seen tangible success inside their very own group. All members from the primary two UKI cohorts who have been employed at WWT have both transitioned to new roles inside WWT or have earned promotions inside the group since finishing this system.

Sponsoring the primary world Partnering for Goal cohort enabled WWT to supply eight locations to ladies from inside WWT, grant three free locations to ladies from their chosen charities, and considerably cut back this system’s value for 4 Cisco companions.

“Our place as sponsor allowed us to assist our ladies inside WWT, these within the wider group, enhance our employer model each internally and externally, and ensures a gentle pipeline of inside feminine candidates to use for management roles. I encourage different Cisco companions to sponsor future cohorts.” – Stacey Kingshott, International Senior Director, HR World Extensive Know-how


As we replicate on Worldwide Ladies’s Day, let’s think about the progress made, the setbacks confronted, and the appreciable distance left to traverse.

The journey to fairness requires fixed shifting ahead. Let’s hold our palms on the plough and proceed to advance this impactful and important work. Let’s decide to bridging the hole.

If you need to be a part of the Bridge the Hole Program or know extra about Partnering for Goal, please e mail [email protected]

Be taught extra about Partnering for Goal and how one can become involved:

Go to the Partnering for Goal SalesConnect

Learn our tales and Partnering for Goal blogs


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