183: Michelle McBain – Living a Life Out Loud

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Living an authentic life is not always easy. People conspire to keep those who have light down. To keep them in a box that conforms to how others look, dress, act and achieve. So how do you live your authentic life with grace, love, kindness and achievement when there is pressure to stay small and conform?

Enter my guest and friend Michelle McBain. I asked her to be the guest on my Christmas show because she has one of the most beautiful spirits I know and has a powerful story to share on how she balances life, love, career, health and an active social media life.

Listen as Michelle shares with me what balance looks like to her, how she dealt with a boss who wrote on her review that she was bubbly,(which made her question who she was being at work), and how a recent serious health scare just gave her even more reason to be authentically her.

Michelle Ragusa-McBain is Senior Director of Technology & Business Sales and Services. She is responsible for leading the team who will grow company service revenue through the successful creation of a SMB partner program services through Office Depot as a key partner through CompuCom GTM strategy, focus on Tech and Business Services, Software as a Service (Saas), Managed Services Provider (MSP), Devices as a Service (DaaS), and other subscription services experiences, aligned closely with Tech Services.

A 13 year Cisco Veteran and proud recipient of the “Cisco World Wide Innovation and Growth Award”. She was recently recognized by SMB Magazine as one of the 150 most influential people in the global IT Business Community, and named in Entrepreneurs Magazine as one of the top 4 people to inspire women to pursue a career in Tech .

Michelle sits on the Board of CRN Women in the Channel and serves as Chair of the Executive Council of Advancing Women in Technology 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 & Hofstra University.

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

She graduated cum laude from Manhattan College where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship Majoring in Global Business and Marketing, and a minor in Peace Studies. Passionate world traveler visiting 83 countries, & 6 continents.

Check out this episode!