Being your self is one thing that, for me, is vital to being profitable. One of many issues that I like probably the most about working at Cisco is that I could be my true self. Through the day, I’m a Enterprise Operation Supervisor and a part of the International Staffing Crew, and at evening, I’m a tough rock/ steel singer.
In 2020, through the pandemic, connecting with individuals was troublesome on account of all of the uncertainty and restrictions to maintain us secure, so Gaby Córdova and I got here up with an concept to create a singing membership to have a secure house to attach and do what we love probably the most.
At first, we didn’t know if anybody would reply or if individuals can be all for becoming a member of us. Additionally, giving singing classes remotely was a brand new problem for us, so we needed to adapt our instructing to verify anybody becoming a member of would get all of the data potential. Actually, we didn’t know if it will work.
To our shock, lots of people joined the membership! Folks from throughout Mexico: Mexico Metropolis, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Puebla, to say some. We referred to as ourselves the We Are Cisco Singers and gathered nearly for weekly periods. After a while, we carried out two digital concert events for Cisco workers, household, and buddies. We additionally donated our time for a digital giveback exercise the place we sang for youngsters at a telethon through the holidays. It was so heartwarming to make use of our voices to do one thing good.
Cisco even created Music Mode in Webex, our collaboration platform, and that was actually music to our ears as a result of we might hear the music and our voices with extra readability, which allowed us to create all of the digital occasions we did.
Lastly, in 2022, all of the We Are Cisco Singers had been capable of meet. We had been connecting and creating wonderful issues collectively for one and a half years, however to have the primary class in particular person was fantastic. We had been already a part of the singing membership, however now we’re additionally nice buddies. We’re a Cisco household.
Once we first began the We Are Cisco Singers, we wished to discover a connection in a time when that was troublesome, have enjoyable, and share our singing data. To our shock, a few of the college students shared that due to the singing courses, they’ve higher confidence and extra vanity and that it’s helped them with communication and higher efficiency at work and of their private lives. It’s true that you simply by no means understand how your actions might influence somebody, and seeing now how this may also be a wellness house the place individuals can develop, chill out, do what they love, and have chortle is unbelievable.
We’ve additionally gotten the help of Inclusion & Collaboration Mexico and Pavelka, Cisco’s world well being and well-being companion, to proceed this wonderful journey. It has given us nice alternatives to do what we love and create new friendships with others we could not work together with throughout our day by day jobs. Final yr, we had been honored to carry out through the CX Mexico All Arms assembly, and this yr, we carried out through the Mexico All Arms assembly with Cisco’s Chief Folks, Coverage & Objective Officer Fran Katsoudas, in attendance.
Cisco additionally gave my band and me the chance to carry out nearly on the SleepOut, an annual Cisco fundraising occasion, in 2021, and in 2022, we had been lastly capable of be there in particular person. We additionally took the stage through the Nice Place to Work Mexico celebration (The 6th yr we gained this award in a row!) and at a Girls in Science and Engineering (WISE) occasion for little ladies to encourage them to be no matter they need to be and present them that, at Cisco, we have now a spot for them.
The journey is just not over but. Now we have extra thrilling actions deliberate for subsequent yr, like performing for the youngsters of a few of Cisco’s registered charitable organizations throughout Youngsters’s Day and on the subsequent SleepOut occasion.
Wanting again, it’s loopy how one concept, one dream, can change your life. My key message isn’t to surrender in your goals and all the time be your self. When you’re your complete self, you open your self as much as connection, and the We Are Cisco Singers gave me connection after I wanted it probably the most. We’ve grown, had enjoyable, turn into nice buddies, and at the moment are Cisco household. Cisco is the place the place I’ve felt embraced to be myself greater than ever in my complete life, and I might not change it for something. Day-after-day, I really feel empowered to point out I’m proud to be a Cisconian.
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