Episode 12: Michelle Bagnall

Fearless, energetic and unconventional – learn how RACQ Bank CEO Michelle Bagnall is smashing glass ceilings and executive stereotypes.

A self-proclaimed disruptor and selfie enthusiast, Michelle’s upbringing in the suburbs of Sydney often comes as a surprise to those that know her. Raised by her aunt and uncle with nine other siblings and cousins, there was a lot of love and strong family values, but not much money.

Watching her aunt and uncle work seven days a week running their own business instilled in Michelle the value of hard work. Not only were she and her siblings self-sufficient from a young age – Michelle was getting herself ready for school at the age of five – there  was also a sense of expectation to do better.  

Education, Michelle was taught, was the key to success and she was expected to finish university. But even the best-laid plans don’t always work out and it took Michelle three years of seizing any opportunity she could after deferring from university to realise the value of education. After working in publishing, media and government positions, she knew that business was where she excelled.

Fast forward to 2019 and Michelle still carries those family values from her childhood into her own family, but thinks of “women having it all” as meaningless. Her advice is that everyone has their own pathway and shouldn’t worry about following someone else’s.

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