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The LCPA hosted a very successful Career Fair at their campus in East San Jose on Monday April 28th. A major collaborator was Cisco’s Latino employee resource group, Conexion, led by Jessica Ruvalcaba and Esmeralda Barriga. Numerous Latino professionals and community leaders attended as well three Latino Cisco Executives, Eugenia Corrales – VP of Business Development, Guillermo Diaz, Senior Vice President of IT and Angel Mendez, Senior VP of Cisco Transformation who were featured in the Executive Panel Discussion early in the program.

The day started off with a passionate and insightful keynote by Guillermo Diaz. Other high impact components of the day consisted of several mock interviews and small group discussions where important dialogues were initiated and where professionals shared their background, stories and insights. Big contrats to LCPA, the professional volunteers and the LCPA students who came prepared to learn from this unique experience!

 

LCPA Career Fair 2014

The LCPA hosted a very successful Career Fair at their campus in East San Jose on Monday April 28th. A major collaborator was Cisco's Latino employee resource group, Conexion, led by Jessica Ruvalcaba and Esmeralda Barriga.

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Cisco’s ERO Conexion & MESA partnership for students

On Friday, September 6th, 2013 Cisco’s Latino Employee Resource Organization (ERO), Conexion, had another first.  They partnered with an organization called MESA, Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement, here in San Jose.

 

MESA helps underprivileged college students in engineering majors by providing guidance & mentorship programs.  Conexion joined forces with MESA last spring and conducted a shadowing day at Cisco for 30 students who were then partnered with 30 Cisco mentors for a one year engagement.  One request that kept coming from the students was how to “get into Cisco”.

 

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After a few conversations with Diversity Recruiting and University Recruiting, Conexion decided to host a recruiting day.  Conexion worked with the different business units to understand where the requisitions would be open and had the students apply ahead of time.

 

 

Anabelle Pinto, Director in Sports and Entertainment at Cisco, kicked off the day with some inspirational words to the students.  Cisco had 7 students interview for full time positions.  Two students interviewed for internships. Nine students, that do not yet qualify for either internships or full time positions, had mock interviews with Cisco employees.  The day ended with Rosie Cofre, ERO Strategic at Cisco, sharing her story about her challenges of growing up as a diverse person in the US.  It resonated well, and left everyone inspired!

 

This was the first time that an ERO was able to provide a diverse candidate pool to Cisco that resulted in interviews and hopefully in a few new hires for next summer!

 

About Conexion/MESA partnership:

Conexion sponsored the MESA Shadowing Day & Mentoring Journey originally on March 8th, 2013 at the San Jose Cisco offices. 

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program.  This particular program is a partnership between MESA and Cisco to provide shadowing and mentoring opportunities for MESA higher education students interested in pursuing careers in technology.  To kick-off their experience, thirty students spent a half-day at Cisco, learning more about their technologies and solutions, meeting their individual mentors, shadowing their jobs, and then reflecting on the experience.  Thirty Cisco mentors were recruited through our partnership with the Employee Resource Groups at Cisco. 

Informal mentoring relationships between MESA students and Cisco employees will continue for a period of one year, where they will meet monthly to discuss student areas of study and interest, review areas of focus for the Cisco employee, and engage in coaching and mentoring discussions. 

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