Name: Michael Filak

Social Media Handle/Username: @Michael_Filak

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Recently retired IT executive who has held senior executive positions with large companies such as IBM, EDS, and CGI. Married to a wonderful woman who has made me a better person with two talented daughters. World traveler who has visited or worked in over 20 different countries and lived for a while in Bangkok, Thailand. Serious musician on the side that competed in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. Composer of three produced musicals one of which made it to an off-Broadway Showcase Production with a cast that included Natalie Portman.

What Inspires You Every day? : Feeding off of the energy of my wife who really is the most interesting person on earth in my opinion.

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What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Good people are defined by the actions they do, not by the religion they claim to faithfully follow.
If you take the time to listen and learn from all the world’s different cultures, you discover that our similarities are so much greater than our differences. And embracing the differences enables you to experience life so much more fully.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : At this point, it’s enjoying our retirement years with good friends, good health, and worldwide travel.

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How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : It affected me by bringing my consulting gigs to a halt and hastening my move from partial retirement to full-time retirement. On the positive side, I’ve used the time to rediscover the joys of playing and listening to classical music. It’s so much fulfilling than 3 minute pop songs.

What is a message you would like to give others? : There is no place for prejudice or racism in this world. As noted previously, our similarities outweigh our differences and we are all doing our best in our short time on earth. Don’t late hate consume you. Use that energy instead to help and lift up others. Ultimately, you will be a happier and more content person.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: It may not have gone down the path I expected when I was 18, but it’s been a good ride.

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