Vanessa M Russell
Vanessa is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Love Never Fails, which places human trafficking victims in a safe house to ensure they have stable and healthy home lives, sustainable jobs, and everyday workplace clothing.
One of their programs — IT Biz — is a Cisco Networking Academy. The program's first students were homeless, trafficked, or part of the foster care system. The graduates took their Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) exams this summer and several of them now work full-time for Cisco customers and partners.
After a successful 12-year career as a Senior Sales Business Development Manager at Cisco, Vanessa has decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her true passion full time. She keeps in close contact with her Cisco colleagues who continue to support Vanessa and Love Never Fails.