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Charity after Cisco – Consulting at Duke

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By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Peter Tavernise, whose three-month stint heading philanthropic giving for the Triangle office of Cisco Systems ended in April with the company’s layoffs of 8,500 employees, will spend one year as fulltime Cisco employee under the Cisco Fellowship program.

Tavernise will spend the year working with Public Allies, the Durham-based chapter of a national nonprofit that places young people in internships with nonprofits.

He will help the group with market analysis and strategic planning to help it sustain itself over the long-term. He also will team up with others in the Cisco Fellowship program to help Public Allies strengthen its use of technology.

Tavernise also will work on two year-long consulting projects – one with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in Durham, the other with the Duke’s Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy.

At the Kenan Institute, Tavernise will help launch a statewide Business and Ethics Initiative for small and medium businesses.

At the Sanford Institute, he will help the Enterprising Leadership Center of the Hart Leadership Program study the need and market for applying social-enterprise models to youth leadership development and community problem-solving.

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