Without doubt, all industries can gain measurable advantages from a diverse workforce. However, if you take a look at recent news reports and research around the Tech sector, it’s clear more can be done to increase diversity and inclusion.
As a leading advocate for diversity in the tech sector, Cisco, the founder of The Multiplier Effect recognises the need for the creation and adoption of programmes that can increase momentum for inclusion.
With The Multiplier Effect programme, Cisco is encouraging tech industry leaders and executives to commit to sponsoring diverse candidates within their organisations. The aim is to create tangible opportunities for professional development and grow a pipeline of diverse talent that benefits the individual, the organisation and the tech industry as a whole.
Sponsors also share their commitment and encourage peers to sign up to the programme. Additionally, sponsored candidates can find themselves in a position to sponsor their own diverse candidates and create professional growth opportunities – hence, ‘The Multiplier Effect’.
Unlike traditional mentoring, sponsorship can be a catalyst for accelerated change that turns the principal of diversity and inclusion into practical actions with measurable results.
To win hearts and minds amongst prospective sponsors and create long-term equity, Cisco needed to support the programme with a number of assets to explain, educate, enthuse and engage.