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Michelle Ragusa

Relationship Manager for Cisco
Vice Chair, Advancing Women in IT Community

Michelle Ragusa is an 11 year Cisco Veteran, her most recent role being: Global Customer Partner Experience Manager. She is the proud recipient of the “Cisco World Wide Innovation and Growth Award”, as well as recipient of the Cisco Keys to Success: “Best Place to Work Award” for her passion and dedication towards excellence. She was recently recognized by SMB Magazine as one of the 150 most influential people in the global IT Business Community.

Michelle serves as newly appointed Chair of the Executive Council of Advancing Women in IT for CompTIA. She is also a long standing member of the National Women in Technology Group, where she has given speeches for young women in technology - most recently at NC State University.

Self named "Chic and Geek", she began her career in Cisco in the Global Academy (with a year-long focus in Cisco Sales and Engineering) well versed in technology with CCSE & CCDA networking certification, as well as a history of Sales achievements with the prestigious "Cisco Commitment to Excellence” Award.

As a community and social media expert, Michelle is a highly visible member of the Global IT community and acts as a connector for in multiple areas. She is an avid blogger and uses her passion for women in technology, world travel, health & wellness to create awareness and inspire others.

She graduated from Manhattan College where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. She completed a double Major in Global Business and Marketing, and a minor in Peace Studies. Having visited 65 countries and 6 continents, she is well on her way to her goal of touching all seven continents and 100 countries.

Michelle is a loving wife, mom to two step daughters, two daughters, one dog, and one cat. Her dedication and commitment is top notch, as she quite literally attended the CompTIA AMM Meeting via robot live from the hospital the day after giving birth to her baby Brooklyn; as well as attending Women in the Channel Summit representing CompTIA 9 months pregnant. She also actively gives back through her volunteer work, and leadership, and presentations to inspire young women and girls to #DreamAWIT.