It’s Not about Avocado Toast: How Cisco Created a Best Workplace for Millennials

Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials may be the most poked and prodded generation ever—and still much of conventional wisdom about how to create a great workplace for this giant cohort is wrong. Come to this session to hear from a company that has gotten it right. Technology giant Cisco not only has been a Best Workplace for Millennials each of the past four years, but the company’s place on the list has jumped from #98 to #9 in 2019. Ted Kezios, Cisco’s Vice President of global benefits, and Katie Porter, a millennial who leads professional development in the company’s Early Career Network, will share Cisco’s impressive story. Among other things, they will touch on the company’s increased focus on a culture based on diversity, trust and giving back.

They also will highlight challenges along the way and how the company’s success with millennials is part of a broader culture that works for all generations and all geographies—after all, Cisco was the #1 World’s Best Workplace in 2019. This session also will feature insights from Great Place To Work’s recent study on millennials. Julie Musilek, Great Place To Work’s director of product marketing, will share how your organization can tap millennials' surprising superpowers

Learnings from this session include:

  • Hear Cisco’s story of creating an increasingly great workplace for millennials  
  • Learn how Cisco integrates benefits of interest to millennials with a culture designed to be great for all generations 
  • Gain research-based, tangible practices for attracting, retaining and cultivating the full potential of millennial employees