Mary de Wysockirclarke@evergreen.ca
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, CISCO
Mary has fifteen years of experience leading various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), education, and sustainability initiatives for Cisco. She currently heads up strategy, operations, and impact for the Corporate Affairs organization. As part of this, her team is responsible for the development and execution of many of Cisco’s corporate social responsibility programs, along with its annual ESG (environmental, social, and governance) reporting and materiality analysis. She is also currently leading Cisco’s strategic direction on environmental sustainability and regeneration.
As we face the climate crisis and while technology rapidly changes the world of work, local communities and our daily lives, Mary’s team creates and manages social and environmental impact initiatives and supports innovations that leverage technology and Cisco’s expertise to enable opportunity for all. By equipping a new generation of “global problem solvers” with the skills they need to survive and thrive in an increasingly digital future, Corporate Affairs hopes to impact 1 billion lives around the globe by 2025.
In her role as Vice President, Mary draws on her legal training, background in strategic consulting, and on-the-ground program management experience to launch and scale programs which look for new ways to inspire digital natives to become entrepreneurs, invest in early-stage start-ups who leverage technology for social and environmental good, collaborate with public universities to create sustainable local ecosystems harnessing the power of digitization, and partner with nonprofits serving underserved people around the world who use technology to transform lives. Program development and evolution is anchored in proprietary research to better understand how technology will transform business and effective ways to address skills gaps and minimize displacement.
Mary is also a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation and Board Member of MIND Research Inc. and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Wheaton College.