April 5, 2002

Inclusion and Diversity is one of Cisco’s core values because they believe a diverse and inclusive environment will help drive innovation and talent in the workforce and that this will help those better serve customers and engage with partners in the worldwide marketplace with the strength of working together. The Gender Equity Award was awarded to IGNITE to recognize the tremendous value that this program brings to girls by introducing them to opportunities and encouraging learning in STEM at a critical age. IGNITE was recognized for achieving the highest enrollment of girls in the Cisco Academy than any other district of school in North America.