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Child Welfare League of America Honors Cisco Systems as Corporate Advocate of the Year

Cisco Systems to be recognized for its Corporate Philanthropy by creating educational opportunities and programs to help youth overcome poverty

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Joyce Johnson
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February 17, 2004, Washington, DC -- Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the internet, has been named by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as its Corporate Advocate of the Year. Cisco was selected for its outstanding commitment and support of programs to help youth overcome the cycle of poverty.

Shay Bilchik, CWLA's President & CEO, said, "We are extraordinarily pleased to present this award to Cisco Systems. By the breadth and depth of its support at all levels of the company, Cisco has demonstrated that they are a model for others and truly deserving of this year's Corporate Advocate of the Year Award."

The award will be presented to Cisco Systems at a dinner on February 24, 2004, during CWLA's national conference in Washington, DC. The annual dinner attracts over 1,200 child advocates, representatives from Capitol Hill, national child-serving organizations, foster parents, and child welfare professionals from across the country.

Cisco Systems was nominated to receive this award by Inwood House of New York, where since 1996, they have helped advance the agency's mission to help the city's impoverished youth take charge of their lives and become healthy and self-reliant adults. Special and on-going projects undertaken by Cisco Systems for Inwood House include: fundraising and marketing, agency-wide technology and capacity enhancements, creation of job readiness and employment opportunities, and creation of literacy and technology learning opportunities.

In nominating Cisco for this prestigious award, Director of Inwood House, Gladys Carrion, noted the remarkable work performed by Cisco System's President & CEO, John Chambers and other Cisco staff. "John Chambers hands-on approach exemplifies his and Cisco's commitment to changing the lives of poor children and youth in our community, and around the world."

John Chambers, Cisco System President and CEO said, "We are proud to receive this award from CWLA. Our corporation is dedicated to building strong and productive communities by providing educational opportunities for every child and promoting gender equality."

Criteria used by CWLA in the selection of the awardees include: personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees; giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the family; corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environment; and a sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and the community.

Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions is the foundation of these networks. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create Internet solutions that allow individuals, companies, and countries to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and strengthen competitive advantage. The Cisco name has become synonymous with the Internet, as well as with the productivity improvements that Internet business solutions provide. At Cisco, our vision is to change the way people work, live, play and learn.

Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies.

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