The We Are Cisco Singers: The Energy of Authenticity and Connection


Being your self is one thing that, for me, is essential to being profitable. One of many issues that I really like essentially the most about working at Cisco is that I could be my true self. In the course of the day, I’m a Enterprise Operation Supervisor and a part of the World Staffing Workforce, and at night time, I’m a tough rock/ steel singer.  

In 2020, in the course of the pandemic, connecting with individuals was troublesome on account of all of the uncertainty and restrictions to maintain us protected, so Gaby Córdova and I got here up with an concept to create a singing membership to have a protected area to attach and do what we love essentially the most.

At first, we didn’t know if anybody would reply or if individuals could be enthusiastic about becoming a member of us. Additionally, giving singing classes remotely was a brand new problem for us, so we needed to adapt our educating to verify anybody becoming a member of would get all of the data attainable. Truthfully, we didn’t know if it might work.

Screenshot of people on a Webex call.

To our shock, lots of people joined the membership! Folks from throughout Mexico: Mexico Metropolis, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Puebla, to say some. We known as ourselves the We Are Cisco Singers and gathered just about for weekly periods. After a while, we carried out two digital live shows for Cisco staff, household, and buddies. We additionally donated our time for a digital giveback exercise the place we sang for kids at a telethon in the course of 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 in a position to meet. We had been connecting and creating superb issues collectively for one and a half years, however to have the primary class in particular person was great. We had been already a part of the singing membership, however now we’re additionally nice buddies. We’re a Cisco household.

Group of people holding "Cisco Sleep Out" signs.

After 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 number of the college students shared that due to the singing lessons, 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 just by no means know the way your actions might affect somebody, and seeing now how this can be a wellness area the place individuals can develop, loosen up, do what they love, and have a superb snicker is unbelievable.

We’ve additionally gotten the help of Inclusion & Collaboration Mexico and Pavelka, Cisco’s world well being and well-being accomplice, to proceed this superb journey. It has given us nice alternatives to do what we love and create new friendships with others we might not work together with throughout our day by day jobs. Final yr, we had been honored to carry out in the course of the CX Mexico All Fingers assembly, and this yr, we carried out in the course of the Mexico All Fingers assembly with Cisco’s Chief Folks, Coverage & Function Officer Fran Katsoudas, in attendance.

Cisco additionally gave my band and me the chance to carry out just about on the SleepOut, an annual Cisco fundraising occasion, in 2021, and in 2022, we had been lastly in a position to be there in particular person. We additionally took the stage in the course of the Nice Place to Work Mexico celebration (The 6th yr we received 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 wish to be and present them that, at Cisco, we’ve a spot for them.

Two women on the floor smiling.

The journey will not be over but. Now we have extra thrilling actions deliberate for subsequent yr, like performing for the kids 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 desires and at all times be your self. When you’re your entire self, you open your self as much as connection, and the We Are Cisco Singers gave me connection once I wanted it essentially the most. We’ve grown, had enjoyable, grow to be nice buddies, and are actually Cisco household. Cisco is the place the place I’ve felt embraced to be myself greater than ever in my entire life, and I might not change it for something. Each day, I really feel empowered to indicate I’m proud to be a Cisconian.

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