Michelle Ragusa

Michelle Ragusa is a Cisco Veteran. She was recently declared by SMB Magazine as one of the 150 most influential people in the global IT Business Community. She was also recognized with the prestigious Cisco World Wide Innovation and Growth Award.

Michelle is involved with CompTIA- the world's largest global IT Association. She is a member of ITSS as well as Advancing Women in IT. 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. Michelle was also featured on a CompTIA Video about Advancing Women in IT around the world.

As a community and social media expert, Michelle is a highly visible member of the Global IT community and acts as a connector for Cisco in multiple areas. She is an avid blogger and has taken her passion for women in technology, travel, health & wellness (aa a Zumba Instructor), and life theories to create awareness and inspire others.

Self named "Chic and Geek" she is well versed in technology with CCSE & CCDA networking certifications. Currently, she is the Relationship Manager and the liaison between Cisco and three of the top five largest global service provider and broadband telecommunication companies in the US: Century Link, Embarq, and Qwest Communications. Prior to that, she excelled in Sales as a NY Account Manager, surpassing stretch quota's annually while twice recognized with the prestigious "Commitment to Excellence Award".

Michelle is an alumni of Manhattan College where she graduated cum laude and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. She completed a double Major in Global Business and Marketing, & a minor in Peace Studies.

In her spare time she has a passion for World Travel, and has a target of 100 countries, and stepping foot on all seven continents-46 countries, and 4 continents down, she is well on her way.

Michelle also actively gives back to the community through International Animal Rescue, is the founder and Chairperson of Cisco Club Red, a group of dynamic young professionals who volunteer for the Red Cross; This past year they raised $20,000 for their cause, helped coordinate training of hundreds on disaster recovery, and led the community to make over 1,000 care kits for Tornado Victims in need. She is also and adviser and advocate for U Touch - an organization focused on transforming lives in disadvantaged regions by providi