Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (DEI)


San Jose, CA, USA

Full time


Sep 8


Offsite, San Jose, California, US


Human Resources








Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications and entertainment. Cisco’s name has become synonymous with the Internet and with innovation. Over the past ten years, Cisco has led the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks to increase employee productivity and develop exciting new service offerings. Looking forward, Cisco has identified the consumer technology market and industry areas such as Security, Applications, IoT, and Cloud Technology as key growth areas for the company. Internal corporate investment and recent acquisitions of OpenDNS, AppDynamics and Accompany highlight Cisco’s dual approach of both organic and inorganic growth in these areas.

Today, with more than 81,000 employees worldwide, Cisco remains committed to creating networks that are smarter, thanks to built-in intelligent network services; faster, in their ability to perform at ever-increasing speeds; and more durable, with a generational approach to an evolutionary infrastructure. At the end of Fiscal Year 2022 (July 2022), the company reported annual revenues of $51.6 billion, with 3% year-over-year growth.

Cisco was founded on a culture based on the principles of open communication, empowerment, trust, integrity, and giving back to the community, and these same values thrive at Cisco today, earning us the #1 ranking on Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2022, for the second year in a row. Cisco’s forward-looking vision is to change the role of technology in powering an inclusive future. For more information, please visit:


The People & Communities (P&C) organization serves as the strategic consultant, trusted advisor and advocate for our employees. Our mission is to see across - to deliver insights, raise and scale innovative practices, and create a more connected and inclusive experience across each horizontal, that ultimately shapes the people plans and measures their impact among the communities we serve. The P&C team is focused on ensuring our people are at their best because they have the support and tools they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.


As a direct report to the Chief People Officer (CPO) and member of the P&C Leadership Team (PCLT), the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer has the esteemed responsibility of leading the enterprise-wide DEI agenda, developing a vision consistent with our purpose to power an inclusive future for all, and executing on that vision. The Chief DEI Officer will serve as a strategic consultant and trusted advisor between the CEO, Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the CPO, and the PCLT.

Inclusion isn’t just something we do – it’s who we are. Our technology is central to our work, allowing everyone to have a seat at the table, even if they’re not sitting in the same room, and embrace full-spectrum diversity and inclusion across the company, bridging the digital divide to create a future where everyone can connect, collaborate and thrive. To power an inclusive future for all, we must also foster a Conscious Culture within: The Conscious Culture at Cisco is a set of expectations, principles and measures that we believe best define Cisco’s values, beliefs, and ethos. It’s a culture in which we model inclusion and informs all aspects of the Cisco employee experience.


• Establish a world-class, innovative, sustainable, and scalable DEI charter that will continue to raise the bar.

• Set objectives that will accelerate our Conscious Culture – goals related to the hiring, promoting, compensating, coaching, and developing of our people.

• Develop a holistic DEI strategy to ensure all employees are equipped to bring their authentic selves to work, welcome diverse perspectives, facilitate equitable outcomes, and foster environment of inclusivity.

• Cross-collaborate with peer leaders and key stakeholders to identify targeted development areas within each business/function and bring the holistic strategy to light.

• Create a roadmap and stakeholder map that holds us accountable to advancing DEI agenda, specifically around hiring, developing, promoting, coaching, and compensating.

• Identify and establish DEI partners (entities, champions, committees, etc.) within each business to help drive DEI efforts.

• Link arms with the broader Cisco ecosystem to further cascade DEI principles, practices, and formal programming, ensuring our peers remain sensitive to DEI goals.

• Expand on the Conscious Culture definition and deliver against our external commitments to social justice outlined in our Social Justice Beliefs & 12 subsequent Actions, managed by our Inclusive Future Action Office (IFAO).

• Partner with the CPO to develop/deploy/measure organizational changes as needed, relevant to DEI.

• Demonstrate thought leadership on DEI best practices, insights, trends, and benchmark comparisons.

• Lead the design and delivery of key performance indicators for DEI team.

• Present to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) & Board and participate in subsidiary Board engagements.


• Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred.

• 15+ years of experience in Human Resources function, with several years leading DEI teams and DEI-focused initiatives.

• Track record of devising a firmwide DEI strategy, creating programs and developing KPIs/ measurements of success against a budget.

• Experience navigating across a large, complex organization.

• Knowledge of public policy and relevant employment laws and regulations as they relate to DEI work.


• Strategic thinker and problem solver who can see the big picture yet translate to tactical execution.

• Ability to balance short- and long-term objectives, interpret business strategy and connect it to the overall strategy.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate and position the vision/strategy with a variety of audiences.

• Influencer who can appeal to different major stakeholders, build consensus, and change mindsets.

• Ability to deal with ambiguity, be self-driven, multitask and manage dynamically changing, competing priorities and deadlines.

• In partnership with the CPO, create a People organization that continues to be recognized as the employer of choice for top talent.

Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco may require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if the role requires business-related travel, meeting with customers/partners (including visiting third-party sites on behalf of Cisco), attending trade events, and Cisco office entry, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.

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