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Building Work Life Integration - an Interview with Michelle Ragusa-McBain

work-life Jan 09, 2024

If you have not met Michelle Ragusa-McBain, this will be your chance to get up close with a distinguished and influential female leader in the global technology channel, a relationship-builder extraordinaire, and an all-around fun and compassionate human being! Michelle's journey, marked by resilience and determination, has been nothing short of remarkable. From her family's immigration to the United States to her groundbreaking achievement as the first in her family to attend college and earn an MBA, her story is a testament to the power of unwavering commitment.

In this conversation, Michelle dives into the intricacies of her career path, being a mother, and emphasizing the importance of adaptability and the pursuit of purpose in the tech industry. Her wisdom transcends her own experiences, offering invaluable guidance for those seeking to leave their mark in the world of technology.

Here are the key takeaways from the interview:

The Power of Resilience (00:01:31): Michele's upbringing, marked by her grandmother's mental health struggles and her mother's experience with domestic abuse, demonstrates how challenges can shape one's character and resilience.

Finding Purpose in Technology (00:07:18): Michele's journey into the tech world was driven by her desire to make a positive impact on people, companies, and the world, highlighting the significance of aligning one's career with a sense of purpose.

Embracing Change and Taking Risks (00:09:46): Michele emphasizes adaptability, courage, and the willingness to take risks, encouraging women not to fear the unknown and to give themselves grace in their career pursuits.

Mentors, Champions, and Sponsors (00:16:18): Michelle distinguishes between mentors and sponsors and stresses the importance of having champions who can advocate for you when you're not present, underlining the value of a strong support network.

Achieving Work-Life Integration (00:19:10): Michelle underscores the importance of investing in relationships, making tough choices, and seeking integration rather than a perfect balance between work and personal life for professional success and personal fulfillment.

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Finally, if I can help you or your team to decide and create a plan for ‘what’s next’, to gain FBI-level influence, or to learn a sustainable high-performing workflow, please email me directly at [email protected]


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