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Inspiring the future generations of Mexican leaders

Monday, April 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Nickleberry
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On April 10th and 11th, 2018, Anne-Marie Azzi, Cisco Systems, Inc. brought together colleagues from Cisco and HITEC family to host inspirational, leadership and mentoring sessions to the 500 students at the ITSSNP, Instituto TecnicoTécnico de la Sierra Norte de Puebla. Last year, Anne-Marie, brought colleagues from Cisco to host and participate, but this year wanted to expand the opportunity to other companies.

The ITSSNP was founded 24 years ago and has been a Cisco Networking Academy for 13 years. The ITSSNP was the first university in town to offer eight different majors from IT to Gastronomy. This university has allowed the remote inhabitants of the Mexican Sierra Poblana to attend university, where before, this was prohibitive due to the cost and accessibility to education. The talks included sessions by industry leaders and the event closed with speed mentoring sessions for 16 students.

The students are going to start mentoring circles, as well as brown bag sessions to learn how to use LinkedIn. Thirty students will also visit Cisco headquarters in Mexico City on May 18th, 2018. We are very grateful for the fabulous hospitality of the staff at the ITSSNP, especially Oroncio Hernandez, who leads the Cisco Networking Academies.

Two HITEC EEP graduates participated, Fernando Miranda and Rocio Lopez! Sessions outline below:

1. From Government Primaries to Successful Executive, the story of a Mexican Technologist by Fernando Thompson de la Rosa, CIO of UDLAP

2. Women in Tech Panel:

  • Anne-Marie Azzi, IT Business Operations Manager, Cisco
  • Rocio Lopez, IT Executive, Accenture 
  • Yandhira Rosillo, Business Analyst, Cisco
  • Luisa Cabrera, Project Manager, Cisco

3. From Chiconautla to New Zealand, from undocumented immigrant to entrepreneur by Israel Reyes, Strategic Advisor at EmbraceTech

4. Careers in Technology Panel:

  • John Canela, Security Analyst, FireEye, Inc.
  • Gerardo Santiago Gesantia, Systems Engineer, Cisco
  • Jorge Hernandez Arroyo, IT Operations Lead, Cisco

5. Faith, Family & Work by Rocio Lopez, IT Executive, Accenture

6. Evolution of Technical Skills

  • Fernando Miranda, IT Integrations Director, AT&T
  • Gabriel Hernandez, Principal Solutions Architect, AT&T

Bringing hope and shoes:

On Thursday, Anne-Marie Azzi, IT Business Operations Manager at Cisco and Rocio Lopez, IT Executive at Accenture delivered 107 pairs of shoes, 120 pairs of socks, and non-perishable foods to the Albergue Infantil in Tepeixco, Puebla. Tepeixco is a remote village where the orphanage offers help to provide housing for orphans, as well as children with working parents, that cannot afford to take care of them. The children live there during the week and spend the weekends with their parents. Albergue Infantil houses fifty two children ranging in age and education from elementary to high school. Anne-Marie and Rocio talked to the elementary and middle school students about the value of education and finishing high school. The director and parents that in attendance were very grateful for the opportunity and the kids were amazing! Anne-Marie conducted a GoFundMe campaign and raised over $3,000 for this effort.

Anne-Marie spent four years of her life in Zacatlan. She remains in contact with her childhood friends and continues to find opportunities to help her small town. The students and educators appreciate and value the attention of professionals and successful role models for the students. Anne-Marie will continue to bring this yearly program to the school, as well as help the Albergue Infantil.

Anne-Marie is the Chair for the Emerging Executive Program for HITEC, as well as a member of the HITEC Corporate Advisory Board.

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