I would like to add to that Cisco (as I am biased, and truly believe in what we do) has laid a pretty impressive foundation for the cloud as well. Utilizing our technology platforms in switching, routing, wireless, web ex, unified communications, telepresence etc makes it much easier to work anywhere, at any time growing the population of telecommuters (aka people who wear suits shirts, and pajama pants- just in case they are caught on video...jk I never do that ;)).
Additionally, it gives the flexibility, or possibility for former "road warriors" (think Clooney in "Up in the Air" to have the ability to spend more time, being flexible and at home with their families, less time exhausting corporate revenue, until a time when it truly counts and is necessary. I say that as I think the cloud has given us fantastic advances, and a world of possibilities, but it doesn't necessarily take away from looking someone directly in the eye, and shaking their hand. Human networking is some of the best kind. Thanks for the food for thought! :D
I am very honored to be nominated in SMB150 amongst many people I respect and admire in our industry. As a representative of Cisco, our vendor/partner IT Community, and a proud woman of IT, I would love your vote: http://smb150.com/story.php?title=michelle-ragusa-cisco-relationship-manager-1
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I am very honored to be nominated in SMB150, I would love your vote:
- Cisco Systems, Inc.Relationship Manager, 2009 - present
- Cisco Systems, Inc.Sales Account Manager, 2006 - 2009
- Cisco Systems, Inc.Associate Sales Representative, 2005 - 2006
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. Cisco also recently recognized her with the prestigious 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 to create awareness and inspire others.
She began her career in the Cisco ASR Global academy where she advanced her expertise in studies of Wireless, Routing, Switching, and Unified Communication, earning CCSE and CCDA certifications. Subsequently, she excelled in Commercial Sales for Metro New York, far surpassing stretch quota’s year over year while twice winning the National award for Forecasting Accuracy. Michelle was twice recognized with the prestigious “Commitment to Excellence Award”, awarded to the top sales representative at Cisco.
Currently, she is the Relationship Manager and the liaison between Cisco and the third largest global service provider and broadband telecommunication company, Century Link (encompassing Century Tel, Embarq, Qwest Communications). Collaborating and managing interactions with sales, manufacturing, finance, legal and logistics, she manages billions of dollars of transaction annually. In addition, she drives strategy including business plan and sales development. Michelle was recognized as the winner of the esteemed Cisco World Wide Channel Organization Award for Innovation and Growth, saving the company $2 million dollars annually.
As an alumni of Manhattan College (where she attended with the highest honor of Presidential Scholarship), she graduated cum laude, with a double Major in Global Business and Marketing, and a minor in Peace Studies (providing her an understanding of Global Politics, world religions, psychology, sociology and anthropology of various people cultures, and highlights on conflict resolution). Personally she has a passion for traveling the world, 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).
She actively gives back to the community and is the Chairperson of Cisco Club Red a group of dynamic young professionals who volunteer for the Red Cross; This past year she 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 an advocate for U Touch - an organization focused on transforming lives in disadvantaged regions by providing Technology, Training and eMentoring. She has also been an active member of Inter-Act, helping to provides shelter and counseling to victims of sexual abuse and domestic assault, raising close to $10,000 with Cisco. She participates in the Susan B Komen and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation walks- Organizing colleagues and community to walk, donate or raise money for a cure. She is also dedicated to those in need helping at Pot’s Soup Kitchen, located in Bronx NY for the poor and homeless, and Durham Rescue Mission- as a volunteer, to prepare meals for the hungry.
She also helped organize and deliver meals in the tri state area of NY with God’s Love we Deliver- dedicated to homebound people to sick to cook for themselves. Also a happy volunteer with “ Adopt a Grandparent”- where she spends quality time with the elderly at nursing Homes. As a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity- she helps to build homes or community development (ie the Lane Street Play ground co sponsored with Home Depot. She also moonlights as a volunteer chef for the Ronald Mc Donald House’s children and their families who require medical attention. As an avid animal lover she always participates in annual walls for the SPCA , was on the board of International Animal Rescue, and mother to three rescued fur kids.
- Manhattan CollegeGlobal Business, 2000 - 2004
- Manhattan CollegeMarketing, 2000 - 2004
- Manhattan CollegePeace Studies, 2000 - 2004