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FILIPINA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ISSUE | AUGUST 2016

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13th Filipina
Leadership Global
Summit
Global100™
Awardees
from Australia •
Belgium • Italy •
Philippines • Singapore •
South Korea • Switzerland
Taiwan • U.A.E • U.S.A.

Myrna Tang Yao

ELEGANT • STRATEGIC • VISIONARY

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Mabuhay!
Filipina women ARE changing the world! This year’s cohort
of awardees comes from 12 countries, including ten
remarkable Filipinas—previous awardees who continue
to be unstoppable trailblazers—persevere with new and
exciting influential projects and activities.
These extraordinary women are challenging the
stereotypes that hold Filipina women back from becoming
full participants in the global workplace. They are leading
the way by sharing power and influence strategies and
working together to change the political, economic,
scientific, technological and cultural landscape. I firmly
believe that the Filipina voice is vital to bringing balance to
the work-world and all communities.
Which is why indomitable Filipina women leaders meeting
yearly at the Filipina Leadership Global Summit to share
strategies on how to strengthen economic and political
muscle is very important. The summit provides us the
supportive and powerful forum to INFLUENCE and
ACCELERATE our collective ACTION. A place to get things
DONE. An environment to fast-track ideas into action
and tangible outcomes. To that end, we have lined up
the marquis names in leadership and strategy to help

A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
& CEO
us celebrate the sisterhood.
The Filipina Summit features
sessions that will validate
our cultural values and our
understanding of the power
and influence paradigm in
INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE.
ACTION.
This year we convene in the
Philippines’ Queen of the South,
Cebu, certainly a heavenly place to do business and to call
home. We are joined by the Philippines Vice President Leni
Robredo, Senator Loren Legarda, and Ambassador Delia
Albert, the Philippines’ first woman Secretary of Foreign
Affairs. WE also mark the historic launch of our second
book on Filipina leadership: DISRUPT 2.0. Filipina Women:
Daring To Lead. The University of Cebu, where 60% of its
52,000 students are women, along with the Asian Institute
of Management, with its first woman president in 50 years,
are our hosts for the launch of FWN’s groundbreaking
leadership book.
This is the best summit yet!

super sheroES
#FWNSummit2016 Steering Committee

Marily Mondejar, CEO & Founder, FWN
Myrna T. Yao - Chair, Steering Committee
Jopin Romero - Chair, FWN100 Selection
Ace T. Itchon - Chair, Programs
Chit Lijauco - Co-Chair, Media Committee
Susan Afan - Co-Chair, Media Committee
Rosario Cajucom-Bradbury - Chair,
Sponsorship; Cebu Book Launch
Emma Imperial - Manila Book Launch
Stella Bernabe - Cebu Welcome Committee
Delia D. Albert - Advisory Council
Marife Zamora - Advisory Council
Nina Aguas - Advisory Council

13TH FILIPINA LEADERSHIP GLOBAL SUMMIT: CEBU, PHILIPPINES • AUGUST 21-24, 2016

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EDITORIAL TEAM
MARILY MONDEJAR
Publisher
R A I S S A A LV E R O
FWN Fellow, Editor
Contributors
IRENE CORPUZ
MARIA BEEBE
PAULET TE LIU
ROSARIO CAJUCOM
BRADBURY

FWN BOARD

AMAR BORNKAMP
BAMBI LORICA md
ELENA MANGAHAS
MARIA BEEBE
MARILY MONDEJAR
NINI ALVERO
COL. SHIRLEY RAGUINDIN
SONIA DELEN
SUSIE QUESADA
THELMA BOAC

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome from Marily Mondejar............3A
Welcome from FWN President ..............4A
About Filipina Women’s Network..........3B
Face of Global Pinay Power...................6B
Message from the Selection Chair.........5B
Global 100™ Keepers of the Flame........8A
Message from Steering Committee and
Programs Chair..................................4B
FWN Global100™ Award Categories.......7A
FWN Global100™ Awardee Profiles ....... 9A
Continuing Influence............................17B
Disrupt 2.0...........................................10B
Cover Story: Ace Itchon .........................7B
Cover Story: Myrna Yao..........................5A
About the #FWNSummit2016...............11B
Summit Schedule at a Glance...............12B
Stll Standing........................................17B
A Filipina’s Call to Accelerate Women’s
Participation in IT Security................ 18B
Re-Imagining the Role of the Filipina in
Nation Building...................................19B
The views and opinions of advertisers
and contributors expressed
in this publication do not necessarily
state or reflect those of
Filipina Women’s Network.
© 2016 Filipina Women’s Network.
All Rights Reserved.
No part of this publication may
be published without the
4expressed written permission of
the publisher.

The Filipina Women’s Network is a San
Francisco based non-profit professional
organization for women of Philippine
ancestry with members worldwide. We
promote the social welfare of Filipina
women and advocate for Filipina
women’s rights.
FWN provides the content, credibility
and community to help women of
Philippine ancestry succeed in their
businesses and careers. FWN provides
knowledge, products, education,
research and a worldwide network for
Filipina women professionals.
FWN convenes programs and activities
that enhance public perceptions of
Filipina women’s capacities to lead
and to build the Filipina community’s
pipeline of qualified leaders, to increase
the odds that some Filipina women will
rise to the ‘president’ position in the
private and public sectors worldwide.
FWN provides Filipina women with
opportunities to share practical
career and business experiences. This
focus on actual career and business
experiences, rather than theory, from
practitioners, corporate managers,
entrepreneurs, elected / appointed
officials, nonprofit and community
leaders, along with peer networking,
are the distinguishing features of FWN
meetings.
OUR MISSION: A FILIPINA WOMAN
LEADER IN EVERY SECTOR OF THE
ECONOMY
Position Filipina women as economic
and social contributors to the global
economy.
OUR PRIORITY ISSUES:
• Influence Filipina popular
culture.
• Eliminate all forms of
discrimination against Filipina
women and girls.
• Appoint and elect Filipina
women to positions of
leadership.
• Economic independence in


housing, wages and pay equity
for equal work.
Access to public services in
education, immigration, health
care, child care, senior services,
and transportation.
Reproductive freedom.
Elimination of violence against
women and girls.






President Fellowship
Filipinas in Motion
Boards & Commissions
Appointments
Political Education Awareness
Training and Voter Registration
FWN Fellows and Interns
FEMtorMatch™
Pinay Speed Femtoring

OUR 5 PROGRAM AREAS

5. Cultural Awareness

1. Branding




Shaping the Filipina Image
Filipina Action Now

2. Social Justice



Anti-Domestic Violenceand AntiHuman Trafficking Awareness
Campaigns
Immigrant Rights
The Vagina Monologues
productions
One Billion Rising

3. Coalition Building


Annual Filipina Leadership
Global Summit
100 Most Influential Filipina
Women in the World Awards™
Pinay Power 2020 Reunion

FWN Salo Salo™
Sheroes Monologues
Strategic Alliances with corporate
Filipino employee affinity groups
in all economic sectors especially
organizations with global
employee populations.
Filipina Global Leadership Series
DISRUPT: Proud. Loud. Leading
Without A Doubt
Book Tours
Filipina Global Leadership
Competencies Workshops
JOIN the Filipina sisterhood!
www.ffwn.org/
membershipapplication

4. Leadership Development

Filipina Women Who Could Be

HOW TO REACH THE FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK: P. O. Box 192143, San Francisco, CA 94119 | Phone: 415. 935. 4FWN
www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org | facebook.com/FilipinaWomensNetwork | Twitter@filipinawomen

GREETINGS FROM THE FWN PRESIDENT

T H A N K YO U T O O U R S P O N S O R S

Together with the Board, we have
put together an amazing Summit
for you. As you attend sessions and
network with other Members, please
remember that we cannot have FWN
without you. It is you, our Members
that make FWN a meaningful
sisterhood. Your participation,
dialogue, ideas and feedback are the
heart of this Summit.
SUSIE QUESADA

President,
Filipina Women’s Network

W

elcome Members and New
Members! We are excited
to have our 13th Filipina Women’s
Network Summit in the Philippines
for the second time. This year’s
theme is Influence. Accelerate.
Action.
Many thanks to the Host Steering
Committee for making Cebu possible.

This year’s schedule is full to the brim
with panel discussions, networking
and of course the launch of Disrupt
2.0, our second Leadership Book.
We have so many stories to tell in
the Filipina Diaspora and this book
delivers a new set of stories to
influence and inspire action. I look
forward to seeing your familiar faces
and meeting new members. Enjoy the
Summit!

Global Pinay Power!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ASPEN PHILIPPINES
JO-ANN RAVELA
EARL JAYONA
BASIC GRAPHICS
HELGA JAVIER
CITEM CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL
TRADE, EXPOSITIONS AND MISSIONS
ROSVI GAETOS
JOJO FLANCIA
GABBY CRUZ
FRANKLIN M. RICARTE
MELANIE NG
PAULETTE LIU

FILIPINA SUMMIT SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS
LEIRA MAE DIGMA
NANCY REYES LUMEN

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Helmsbriscoe
Marisa Crame
INTAS DESTINATIONS:
KEVIN HINAHON
SONIA LAZO
STAFF
MICHELLE Z. LARIEGO
ROVI ISABEL F. NUNEZ

CITY OF LAPU LAPU

MANILA PENINSULA
JILL DE VILLA

SHANGRI-LA MACTAN
CHEF ADOLFO
FILA SOFIA UBALDE
MECHELLE EGUIA
MYK TOLENTINO
Lily Chan
Winson Omalza

GALA AWARDS
GLORIA T. CAOILE
JOSEPHINE ROMERO
MARIA BEEBE, PH.D.
MUTYA SAN AGUSTIN SHAW, M.D.
THELMA BOAC

BPI FOUNDATION
FAYE A. CORCUERA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CLOROX
MARITES DAGDAG

UNIVERSITY OF CEBU
CANDICE GOTIANUY, CHANCELLOR OF U.C.
OFELIA MANA
RUDY AVILES
TEENA HERNAEZ

INSULAR LIFE
MONA LISA DELA CRUZ
NINA AGUAS

F.E. ZUELLIG; ZUELLIG FAMILY FOUNDATION
DANIEL ZUELLIG
SGS - ROSAL SY, JOSEPHINE UNARCE
NESTLE S.A.
EDITH DE LEON
L.T.S. LUGGAGE TRADING & SERVICES
JIMMY THAI
DARWIN IBANEZ
TOM CORLETO

CALL N HAUL
GABRIEL “GABBY” CONCEPCION
BUREAU OF CUSTOMS
WILNORA CAWILE
JONES LLANG LASALLE (JLL)
SHEILA LOBIEN
FELTA MULTI MEDIA INC.
MYLENE ABIVA

MCDONALD’S PHILIPPINES
CHONA TORRES

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13th Filipina Leadership Global SUMMIT 8.21–24.16
INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE. ACTION.
CEBU, PHILIPPINES

The Filipina Women’s Network’s (FWN)
annual Filipina Leadership Global
Summit brings together Filipina women
global leaders, influencers, thinkers and
public figures for discussions, learning
journeys, “kwentuhan strategies”
on how to succeed as multi-cultural
professionals and private chats to
ignite cooperation through public and
private partnerships. The high powered
gathering is a vital part of FWN’s Pinay
Power 2020 Mission: A Filipina leader
in every sector of the economy. It is the
leading forum of its kind in the Filipina
global community which inspires a
renewed understanding of the Filipino
culture’s emerging influence as a
community.
The Filipina Leadership Global Summit
is exclusively designed for the Global
FWN100™ Awardees—Filipina women
leaders creating change in the world of
Filipinas in diaspora.
Each year, the Filipina Women’s
Network explores these questions
when designing the Filipina Summit’s
intensive learning experience. The
summit brings together Filipina women
leaders from multiple industries and
countries to think collaboratively
about the future of our respective
communities, work, and leadership.
The sessions, action group discussions,
and personal reflections, are designed

to help you gain insights about the
future of leadership as a Filipina
woman.
The summit is FWN’s signature
fundraiser with proceeds funding
FWN’s programs that foster the Filipina
women’s socio-economic, political
and educational advancement in
addition to raising awareness of FWN’s
pipeline development of qualified next
generation leaders to increase the odds
that some will rise to the “president”
position.
The 2016 Summit’s theme is
INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE. ACTION.
The summit will convene sessions,
presentations, and Learning Journeys
to confront issues and barriers that
affect the economic trade
and investment opportunities
of Filipina women business
owners and the careers of
Filipina professionals in the U.
S. and countries with a high
population of Filipina women.

#FWNSummit2016

local agency representatives, business
owners and community leaders at
the Salo Salo Soireé and the Global
FWN100™ Awards and Gala.
After four years of recognizing the Most
Influential Filipina Women in the United
States, we now expand our search
worldwide for the 4th year to find
Filipina women doing awewome work
in their communities and organizations
all over the world. The Global FWN100
Awards™ recognizes women who have
risen to the most influential and/or
highest positions in corporations and
non profit/government institutions in
Africa, North America, South America,
Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Europe.

This year’s Summit includes
exclusive policy briefings and
visits with key legislators whose
policies impact the Filipino
community. Attendees will
have opportunities to network
with legislators, elected and
appointed officials, state and

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A WA R M W E L C O M E F R O M T H E C H A I R O F T H E
SUMMIT STEERING COMMIT TEE AND FROM THE
PROGRAMS CHAIR
Greetings to all delegates and guests!
We are fortunate to have the Vice President of the
Philippines Madame Leni Robredo to grace this occasion
and share her vision for the women of our country.
Our theme for this year’s gathering “INFLUENCE.
ACCELERATE. ACTION.” echoes the importance of our
concerted effort and action in the global world.
One message is clearly brought to the fore; actions and
influence should promote equitable opportunity not only
of wealth but to act on the environmental protection
which has impinged on our people especially women.
This gathering is a call for stronger direction to influence,
accelerate and take action to usher growth in all aspects.
One reason for this year’s theme is to re-assess our
roadmap to development and how we want our future to
look like as a cohesive group of influential women.
Our desire is to create a society dedicated to unity,
innovation and sustainability that transforms opportunity so
that women are able to articulate and advocate in a united
voice their concerns succinctly. As you engage at the
summit, let us participate actively as we think of the future
generation that will benefit from the output of this
gathering.
Finally, my appreciation goes to the Founder and FWN
Board, the awardees and the supporters of thie summit
who made sure that it will be a resounding success.

MYRNA TANG YAO

Chair
#FWNSummit2016 Steering Committee

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Having been selected by
FWN as one of the 100 Most
Influential Filipina Women
in the World in 2015 was
truly a humbling experience,
particularly when I read about
the success stories of the
women in this organization.
These women have influenced
the metamorphosis of the
ACE ITCHON
#FWNSummit2016
Filipina image and status
Programs Committee
across the globe. As I read
story after story, it dawned
upon me that this transformation of the Filipina image is
being accelerated one FWN awardee at a time.
This year, I was given the unique privilege to chair the
Programs Committee for the 13th Filipina Leadership
Global Summit at the historic Province of Cebu in the
Philippines. I personally take this task as my action
in contributing to the cause of FWN. We look forward
with much eagerness to new learnings and more
inspiration as we prepare to listen to new stories of
how extraordinary Filipina women from various parts of
the world are courageously breaking through the glass
ceilings in defiance of all odds and challenges.
I take this chance to express gratitude to the Global
FWN, headed and founded by Ms. Marily Mondejar,
for selecting Philippines as the venue for this Filipina
Women’s Leadership Summit. Likewise, to the
government of the province of Cebu under the able
governance of Honorable Governor Hilario Davide III
and Honorable Vice-Governor Agnes Magpale. Special
thanks, as well, to the Lapu Lapu City government under
the leadership of Honorable Mayor Paz Radaza.
The Philippine Steering Committee, headed by Ms.
Myrna Yao and assisted by my colleagues in various
Committees, extends a warm welcome to the guests and
delegates to the world-famous Cebu, Philippines.

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Filipina, when we
witness injustice of any
kind—mistreatment in a
relationship, disrespect
at the boardroom table
or slander in someone’s
tsismis.
Every time we have
the uncomfortable
conversations that ensure
wage gaps are closed; doors
of opportunity are opened
and networks are widened.

PINAY POWER!
Francine Maigue
the face of Global Pinay Power

Global. Pinay. Power.
What is it exactly that we are speaking
of, uniting around and fighting for?
The voice that’s been telling you, “You
are special, capable and worthy. You are
an effective leader.”

going GLOBAL.
We’re not docile Asian dolls. A new
sub-demographic nor a passing trend.
We’re not an afterthought community.
We are a force to be reckoned with.

We make Global Pinay
Power a real thing…
for ourselves, for our
communities, for the
Filipinas who came before
us and, importantly, for
those who will come after.

Without clear goals and
timelines, action items and delegated
responsibilities, nothing happens.
My sisters, I know we’re running a
marathon at a sprinter’s pace, but
we can’t stop, we can’t leave anyone
behind, and we can’t give up now.

Every time we stand up for another

It’s that appreciation for a sisterhood
of likeminded women who identify
with and respect your journey, see
your truth and, without hesitation,
help lift you up, understanding that
the success of one is progress for us
all.
It’s that unshakeable, gut-wrenching,
bubbling-inside-you-like-hot-lava
feeling that prohibits you from holding
your tongue when someone dares to
minimize you or another Filipina with
their words, actions or stereotypes.
We’ve been underestimated,
undervalued and undermined for
far too long. We are turning that all
around. We’re doing it together. We’re

#FilipinaDISRUPTers (L-R: Maria Beebe, Marily Mondejar, Amar Bornkamp, Francine Maigue and
Jessica Caloza) receive certificate of commendation for Global Pinay Power from the City of Los
Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Launch of the Face of Global Pinay Power & DISRUPTing Los Angeles,
June 17, 2016. Image credit: Rick Gavino

BIENVENUE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE
FWN100™ SELEC TION COMMIT TEE
Being part of FWN100™ selection committee is a humbling
experience. We, in the committee get to know up close
and personal these wonderful women who take their
achievements in stride as only really accomplished people
do. We are grateful that they are willing to share of
themselves that the Filipina Women’s Network, and others
too, can take them on as role models.
We honor the responsibility of ensuring the integrity of
the selection process. This year adds the special challenge
of processing an increase of 40% over last year’s, as well
as repeat nominations. We are recognizing a significant
number of second-time awardees in 2016! With thorough
research and much deliberation, we strive hard to
maintain the quality standards set by FWN.

Thank you to all the nominators,
references and other contributors
who have brought to light these
women of influence from around
the world. With the 2016 Global
FWN100™ Awardees, we are
moving much closer to our goal
JOSEPHINE ROMERO
to have a Filipina Leader in every Chair,
Global FWN100™ Selection Committee
economic sector.
“You only live once but if you do it
right, once is enough,” said Mae West. These women must
be doing it right then as they move to influence, accelerate
and take action. Congratulations, 2016 Global FWN100™
Awardees!

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100 Most
Influential
Filipina
Women in the
World Award
The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in
the World Award™ recognizes women of
Philippine ancestry who are influencing the
face of leadership in the global workplace,
having reached status for outstanding work
in their respective professions, industries and
communities. They are recognized for their
achievement and contributions to society,
femtorship and legacy.
Awardees are selected and determined by
averaging scores assigned by the Selection
Committee on the criteria described on the
nomination form for activities and projects
nominee may have initiated or have been
involved in her country of residence:





Impact
Innovation
Involvement
Femtorship (mentorship)
Professionalism
Sustainability (of activity or project she
may have started or have been involved)

The following scoring has been set up to
be consistent across the award categories
and the Selection Committee will provide
numerical scores for each of the following final
selection scoring:
Leadership: The degree to which the
nominee led the initiative, project or activity,
demonstrated by behaviors such as setting
clear goals, providing guidance, coaching and
support, working through obstacles and/or
celebrating success.
Challenge: The scope, difficulty and size of the
initiative, project or activity.
Ownership: The degree to which the
nominee took ownership of the challenges
she faced for the initiative, project or activity,
demonstrated by behaviors such as helping
define outcomes, setting clear goals, providing
guidance,
working through obstacles and
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communicating challenges and successes.

Global FWN100™
Award Categories
BEHIND THE SCENES LEADERS

INNOVATORS & THOUGHT LEADERS

This award category recognizes Filipina women
who may not have the big title or corner office,
but is a driving force behind the success of a social
cause or life issue, a community organization’s
project or initiative; or her employer’s
organizational business unit or department.
Someone who has gone beyond the call of duty
to devote time, energy, and resources to advocate
for those who need a voice, or support the
organization she represents or works for.

This award recognizes women who have broken
new ground in the global workplace, have
delivered new and unique applications of emerging
technology transforming the way people think,
in the fields of sports, literature, the arts and
pop culture; or have improved the lives of others
by helping develop a product or service in the
fields of science, technology, engineering, sports,
arts, or mathematics. This award category is also
for someone who have either launched a new
enterprise, a learning function, or completely
overhauled an existing process, development or
community initiative that has sparked a following.

BUILDERS
Builders have demonstrated exceptional business
impact at a large workplace environment;
displaying deep passion for a cause through
collaborative initiatives or alliances with
corporations or nonprofit organizations on behalf
of her own organization; demonstrates high
potential and skill with measurable results at a
government agency, nonprofit or organization
in the public and private sectors. “Buildership” is
about building better organizations, leading broken
organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align.

EMERGING LEADERS
This award category recognizes Filipina women
below age 35 who are making their mark in a
leadership role, are on the pathway to principalship
and building capacity across an organizational
system in the public and private sectors.. Emerging
Leaders have powerful mindsets and skill sets that
drive achievement for their organizations.

FOUNDERS & PIONEERS
This award honors Filipina women in their
capacities as the chief executive, president,
executive director or founder of a company,
community organization, non-profit, or business
venture that they helped start, build or significantly
grow. This award category is for the trailblazers
who have marshaled resources and applied
innovative practices, processes and/or technologies
in a new and groundbreaking way to address
significant business or organizational opportunity.

“NICOLE”
This award honors Filipina women whose words,
actions, and activism, inspire others to act and
revolutionize society’s way of understanding
traditional beliefs and customs thus leaving behind
a Filipino global imprint. “Nicole,” who sparked
an international dialogue about women’s rights,
national sovereignty, and international law, as she
steadfastly pursued justice against her rapists,
inspires this category.

POLICYMAKERS & VISIONARIES
This award recognizes Filipina women leaders who
have demonstrated exceptional acumen combined
with a forward-looking vision in the development
or influencing of policies, campaigns or laws that
impact business, industry, and society. Leaders
who enrich the lives, careers and businesses of
others; someone who shares the benefits of their
wealth, experience, and knowledge; actions that
significantly change how we think and live.

KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
Sustaining Pinay Power 2020 is quite daunting.
As the excitement dies down and the reality of
executing FWN’s 2020 game plan sets in, many
will drop out and others will pick up the torch. The
Keepers of the Flame are the caretakers to ensure
that the Vision 2020 is kept alive: A Filipina Woman
Leader in every sector of the global economy.

Hon. Leni
Robredo
Vice President,
Republic of the
Philippines
#FWNSummit2016
Keynote Speaker

Human rights lawyer Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo, has devoted
her entire professional life in the service of the most vulnerable
sectors of Philippine society. As a Public Attorney, as member of the
alternative lawyers group SALIGAN, and as Representative of the Third
District of Camarines Sur, she has remained constant in her priority
attention to farmers and fisherfolk; women, particularly in oppressive
circumstances; and indigenous people.

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Convinced to take up this advocacy as a politician, she ran and won
a seat in the Sixteenth Congress. Within three years, she successfully
brought to full passage the Extension of the Corporate Life of the
Philippine Railways Corporation, the Tax Incentives Management and
Transparency Act and the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act. When,
on October 5, 2015, she accepted the challenge to be candidate for
Vice President, Representative Robredo launched an advocacy-driven
campaign. From one percent, her survey ratings climbed consistently.
On May 30, 2016, the Joint Houses of Congress proclaimed Leni
Robredo as the 14th Vice President of the Philippines. She is the second
woman ever to serve as Vice President of the of the Philippines.

NICOLE

The Vice President was initially known as the widow of the beloved
Mayor of Naga City and Secretary of the Department of Interior and
Local Government. After the tragic air accident that took the life of
Secretary Jesse Robredo, the public quickly recognized Atty. Robredo as
her husband’s full partner in the advocacy for good governance, ethical
leadership, and citizen participation in the work of government. In this
work, she brought to bear her degree in Economics from the University
of the Philippines (1986) and her bachelor of laws degree from the
University of Nueva Caceres (1992). Passing the bar in 1997, Atty.
Robredo has since sustained a commitment to the use of legal means
to assist in the self-empowerment of the underprivileged.

ECONOMIC SECTORS REPRESENTED BY THE NOMINEES
Primary Economic Sector = includes industries that produce or extract raw materials
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Farming, Hunting, Mining, Extraction
Secondary Economic Sector = includes the manufacturing of natural resources
Construction, Processing, Auto Production, Textiles, Engineering, Energy Utilities
Tertiary Economic Sector = service industry
Communication Services, Government Workers (military, law enforcement, politics, public transit),
Healthcare, Finance, Education, Entertainment (special events, publishing, motion picture, video & TV,
sound & music), Legal, Non-profit/non-governmental, Restaurants, Retail, Travel/Tourism, Transportation,
Wholesale
Quaternary Economic Sector = knowledge-based and production of information, Consulting Services (interior
design), Information Technology, Financial Planning, Media (journalism), Research & Development

BEHIND THE
SCENES LEADERS

to save for tommorrow and
respect others.

women have the skills to
lead, men still run the world
and women must rise to the
challenge.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
The workplace challenge as
a Filipina woman is being an
Asian minority and because
of this we always have to aim
higher.

Belen M. SaramosingRamirez

Ana bel Mayo

President, I Colori del Mondo
Adda Onlus, Associaziona
Citta’Mondo Milano
Milan, Italy

Ana Bel Mayo is President
of I Colori del Mondo which
provides after school activities
for multiethnic children,
including migrant children
from Angola in Milan, Italy.
She continues to plan for
youth development activities
that willl assist and support
second-generation migrants in
the assimilation process.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? To study
harder, not to spend, to learn

sharing her knowledge to
others by being invited as
speakers on topics related to
laboratory medicine. She is
also an exemplary leader by
her positive raport to others
and ability to interact with
others and her compassionate
and sensitivity to problem
solving with productive
results. In 2012, Carlota
founded the Grandma
Hawaii International which
undertakes service projects
for the poor and needy
families in Hawaii and also in
the Philippines.

President, TravelHouse, Inc.,
Maryland, Program Director,
Books of Feed the Hungry,
USA
As the Program Director for
Books of Feed The Hungry,
Inc., Belen has worked
tirelessly to help students in
the poorest schools across
the Philippines get access to
books. Belen was awarded
the Dakila Achievement
Award in Business Leadership
by the Philippine American
Foundation for Charities, Inc.
(PAFC) in Washington, D.C.

Carlota HuFana Ader
President & Owner, CHA
Services
Hawaii, USA

What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience? From
my experience, although

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Carlota has demostrated
her expertise in the medical
field and gained confidence
from her employment in
helping the company to grow,
demonstrating her skills in
training new employees on
board, abreast with new
technology trainings and

Carmen Garcia

Managing Director,
Community Corporate Pty Ltd,
Mylor, Australia
Carmen sits on a number
of advisory councils and

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Behind the Scenes Leaders
peak bodies including the
Settlement Services Advisory
Council where she has a lead
role in ensuring the success of
the Friendly Nations Initiative.
Carmen recently embarked on
a missionary trip to the Syrian
border as a part of a small
delegation chosen by the
UNHCR. From this experience,
Carmen has presented
her findings to multiple
government departments and
not-for- profit organisations
and has participated
in multiple forums and
symposiums across Australia.
Carmen works tirelessly to
raise awareness about our
shared responsibility as global
citizens to maximize our
collective impact in responding
to the Syrian migrant crisis.
She believes that at the core of
human dignity is hard work.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
Using emotion to expand
perspective in a positive and
compassionate way that is
considered and tactical and
not reactive.
The ONE thing that we
would not guess about you:
I live on a farm with alpacas,
sheep, goats and chickens.
I also have wild Koalas and
Kangaroos that visit my
backyard.
Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Network: Back
yourself and let your purpose
in life drive you rather than
profit and success. It will bring
an abundance of rewards for
you! Believe in your ability to
change the world’s story and
you will.

driver in my past life.

Elena “Jingjing”
Villanueva Romero

Founder & CEO, Stratos Public
Relations Consultancy
Quezon City, Philippines
Jingjing has close to 40 years
of experience in development
communications and public
relations (PR). She also
has extensive experience
in journalism, issue/crisis
management, media
relations, and corporate
communications. She has
maintained her credibility as
a PR practitioner and is one of
the few who have successfully
transitioned from journalism
to PR. She continues to dignify
both professions by practicing
rigid ethical standards and is
known to decline projects that
do not adhere to her moral
code.
What is the global impact of
your work? Working behind
the scenes has led to a trickledown effect. People find it
hard to perceive our actual
involvement, but we can see
what we’ve accomplished.
We’ve promoted
breastfeeding, opened new
destinations, influenced policy
changes, promoted new
products and ways of thinking.
The ONE thing that we
would not guess about you:
I’m a scuba diver and race car

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Maria Victoria Jose Cuisia
Imelda Martin Hum

President, Brighton Sleep
Diagnostic, Chief Operative
Officer, IM System Group,
IAWS Integrated Aviation
Weather Solution
Michigan, USA
Imelda brings cutting edge
science and techniques to
Brighton Sleep Diagnostic
Clinic, along with her own
experience and years of study.
Her sleep center is helping
many people live heathier,
fuller lives in Michigan. She
also helps benefit local
economies in the United
States and the Philippines
with her business by creating
jobs and participating in the
business community.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
Individual differences and
meeting of minds.

President, Asean Women’s
Circle, Washington D.C.

Indefatigable, Mrs.
Cuisia spearheaded high
impact humanitarian and
charitable initiatives while
simultaneously showcasing
the best in Filipino culture,
art and values in the U.S. She
convinced the Banko Sentral
ng Pilipinas to release its
pre-Hispanic gold collection,
which she discovered in its
vaults. This collection, which
highlights a flourishing precolonial Filipino society, is
now open to the public as
part of a permanent exhibit
in the Metropolitan Museum
of Manila. Through her
influence, under the auspices
of the Asia Society, the gold
collection was successfully
exhibited in NYC. Mrs. Cuisia
spearheaded Filipino Youth
Leadership Program (FYLPro),
designed “to reignite an
interest in developments in
the Philippines” by allowing
young Filipino-Americans to
apply for trips to meet key
government and business
leaders in the Philippines. Her
goal is for FYLPro protegées
to return to the U.S. ready
to develop projects of joint
interest to Filipinos and
Americans. An energetic
advocate of engaging the
second generation of Fil-Ams,
Mrs. Cuisia has been

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DISRUPT 2.0

Filipina Women: Daring to Lead

Disrupt 2.0. Filipina Women:
Daring to Lead celebrates, affirms,
and acknowledges Filipina women
whose vision and impact go beyond
the boundaries of the Philippines.
This book is a celebration of Filipina
women who have achieved success in
their professional careers and made
a difference through their practice of
leadership. The book is an affirmation
of the leadership competencies of
Filipina women with a global mindset.
Each chapter author has acknowledged
her willingness to expand her role as a
model, coach, and femtor.

The purpose of the book is to
inspire, motivate, and nurture women
worldwide who have leadership
responsibilities in cross-cultural and
global situations to seek leadership
development opportunities in the
diaspora environment and to teach
leadership. The book seeks not only to
inform but to transform Filipina women
in the global diaspora.

The work of the Filipina Women’s
Network (FWN) is pivotal in the process
of recognizing the leadership of Filipina
women outside the Philippines through
the annual Global FWN100™ and
U.S. FWN100™ awards. The Filipina
Women Leadership Book Series
creates a platform for the stories of
these women’s lived experiences in
providing leadership and appropriately
applying theory accessible to nextgeneration leaders. Each author in the
first Disrupt (2014) leadership book
ended with a list of leadership tips. In
Disrupt 2.0, authors focus on leadership
competencies they have learned over
time. FWN CEO and Founder Marily
Mondejar suggested the use of the
Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL)
“Benchmarks by Design” (2015) as a
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her life.
Disrupting the Status Quo. In these
chapters, the women demonstrate how
as agents of disruption, they disrupted
the status quo by being among the
first Filipina women to accomplish
something of significance, or by
exceeding expectations and being the
pearl with the best luster.

Order your copy of DISRUPT 2.0 NOW:
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guide for the authors as they reflected
on the competencies that got Filipina
women leaders to where they are today
and which competencies they had to
learn to advance their careers to the
next level.

Disrupt 2.0. Filipina Women:
Daring to Lead is made up of 35
chapters organized into six sections:
Leading the Filipina Women’s
Network (FWN). The chapters in
this section provide the context for
the Global FWN100™ leadership
awards, the leadership summits, the
partnerships with other organizations
that focus on women and leadership,
and the network of Filipina women
leaders around the world.

Becoming Strategists. The women
discuss the leadership competencies
they have used to grow their
companies, consulting firms, and their
public sector departments; and the
intersections between their corporate
and pro-bono selves.
Leadership for Sustainability.
The chapters in this section focus
on leadership promoting a better
environment through sustainability in
housing and the transportation sector.
Across-Generations: Mothers and
Daughters. Several chapters discuss
how leadership values get passed
across generations and how a shared
experience could be interpreted
differently. Daughters respond to
their mother’s narratives, a mother
responds to a daughter’s narrative, and
a daughter writes her narrative as an
expanded eulogy and thank you letter
to her mother.

Disrupting Disruptions. The chapters
in this section share a common theme
of lives being disrupted through
migration, illness, and sudden loss of a
loved one and how the individual coped
with the disruption and moved on with

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DR. MARIA BEEBE
EditoR, Disrupt 2.0
Dr. Beebe is an applied
socio-linguist who specializes
in critical discourse analysis,
women’s leadership, and
information communication
technologies (ICT) for
development.

A LEADER OF
COMPASSION

Ace T. Itchon pictured second from left with fellow Global FWN100™ ‘15 awardees
Myrna Tang Yao, Emma Imperial and Cathy Ileto in San Francisco, California, USA.

Marcelina Tolentino Itchon, fondly called Ace,
started her career at the very bottom of the ladder,
delivered great performance and painstakingly rose
through the ranks. She originally wanted to become a
doctor, but landed in the pharmaceutical industry as a
medical representative. Steadily she climbed to various
management positions at a few companies before holding
regional posts in Asia Pacific until finally President, CEO
and Chairman of the Board of Aspen Philippines, a
company that Ace set up from the ground up. It all began
at a pediatrician’s examination bed.

Ace is the middle child of seven siblings. Her father
was the sole bread winner, while her mom dabbled in a
variety of jobs to augment their income. “At home, we all
had daily household chores and responsibilities. This is
how I learned the value of teamwork. ”

Ace was granted a scholarship to a private high
school. All she had was free tuition. She would borrow her
classmates’ books while they were busy playing volleyball
after class. She wanted to play with them so badly, but she
knew that she had to sacrifice fun to prioritize schoolwork.
She learned to read quickly, and developed a keen eye for

detail— clearly preparation for what she would become
one day. As Ace looks back, she remains thankful for
having gone through such hardship. “There was no other
way. Reading fast and finishing homework was priority –
everyday. Setting priorities right was a lesson I learned as a
child”, she quips. “I’m grateful I went through that.”

Initially Ace’s hopes and dreams in her
pharmaceutical marketing career were small; all she ever
wanted was to be a product manager. Her boss noticed
her potential and kept an eye on her. One day, while
still a junior manager, her boss sent her to a national
competition where she was pitted against other product
managers from large multinational organizations. While
scared and intimidated at first, she bagged the ultimate
prize and was declared the Top Product Manager of the
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry. Her career
was never the same again. “Opportunities came my way
because people believed in me. I didn’t want to fail them.”

Ace is passionate about developing people; she
helps people visualize and maximize their potential. “As
a former teacher, I have a strong interest in training and
development and hope that I can go back to teaching. ”

She has led her team with her own brand of
flexibility and eadership style and has managed to grow
and gain recognition for Aspen Philippines and herself.
During its second year, Aspen Philippines officially earned
the honors of being the first recipient of two out of six
global awards. The following year, Aspen Philippines
bagged five out of the six awards given to the Asian Region,
two of which were in recognition of Ace’s leadership:
Executive Leader of the Year Award 2015 (Aspen Asia) for
total performance and display of Aspen Core Values, and
Judy Dlamini’s Women Empowerment Award 2015 (Aspen
Asia) for her efforts in inspiring women.

Outside Aspen, Ace’s leadership and pioneering
excellence gained recognition when she was named one
of FWN’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World
in 2015 (Global FWN100™). This year, Ace is once again
nominated for this award for her continuous efforts at
helping and influencing others.

“God has led me here; I am the sum of all my past.
At the end of the day, I go home to my family where I am
a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a sister”, she cheerfully
concludes.

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ACE ITCHON:

summit schedule at a glance
D AY O N E :

SUNDAY, AUG 21

3:00pm – 4:30pm FWN Members
ONLY Meeting: Developing Your
Circle of Influence Camia Room
Moderators: Marily Mondejar, Susie
Quesada
Steering Committee: Marcelina Ace
Itchon, Myrna Yao
FWN Members ONLY Meeting:
Developing Your Circle of Influence
Maximizing Your Investment in
Attending the Filipina Summit
Summit Weaver: Marily Mondejar

Welcome to Cebu, the Queen City of
the South! We will be hosted by Cebu
Governor Hilario Davide III and Vice
Governor Agnes Almendras Magpale
at the Provincial Capitol for a warm
welcome to beautiful Cebu! Be ready
to be entertained and leave your heart
in Cebu!

5:00pm – 8:30pm Welcome Soirée
hosted by Cebu Governor Davide III
and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale
with Awesome, Fearless Cebuana
Influentials Cebu Provincial Capitol
Building (N. Escario St., Cebu Capitol,
Cebu City)
Moderators: Marily Mondejar,
Myrna Tang Yao
Global FWN100™ Awardees: Gina
Garcia Atienza, Stella Solero
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D AY T W O :

MONDAY, AUG 22
Bernabe, Milagros Fernan Cayosa,
Nellie Chiu, Raquel Choa, Paulette
Deduque-Liu, Tita Q. Dumagsa,
Amparito Llamas Lhullier, Melanie
Ng

The FWN Summit Steering Committee
and the Board has spent a lot of time
in bringing together the women that
create change and disrupt the status
quo in communities and organizations
all over the world. We all know that
networking is important and we invest
in ourselves so we can meet those who
can belong to our circle of influence.
Travelling to Cebu, Philippines is about
connecting with each other who are
of Philippine ancestry and supporting
the Philippine economy. To succeed in
today’s world, it’s not only about what
you know, it’s who you know and how
you have developed and nurtured
relationships with. This is the secret of
professional and business success.

SCHEDULE

D AY T W O :

AUGUST 21 • SUNDAY
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration #1 (Pick-up your Summit
Credentials) Camia Room
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FWN Members ONLY Meeting. Meet
the FWN Board, Summit Steering
Committee, Summit Staff and fellow
Awardees. We will divide you into
Action Teams for the Learning Journey.
Buddy up with a fellow awardee to
deepen friendships.

SCHEDULES, SPEAKERS AND PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
UPDATED CONFERENCE SCHEDULES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING
THE SUMMIT AT THE REGISTRATION DESK.

We’ve asked our fellow Global
FWN100™ Awardees / Filipina sisters
to help FWN provide a warm welcome
only Cebuana locals can provide
to weary out-of-towners from 12
countries [Australia, Belgium, Italy, New
Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South
Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United
Arab Emirates, the United States, and
of course, the Philippines].

FRIDAY, OCT 30
Romero, Nora Terrado
Speakers: Christine Amour-Levar,
Karen Batungbacal, Paulette
Deduque-Liu, Maan Hontiveros
Learning Journey: Customers of the
Future
The Learning Journey Sites:
• Kenneth Cobonpue
• ProFoods
• Lapu Lapu Shrine
• Kor Landa
We will visit companies and focus on
changing customers’ needs in the B2C
and B2B industries of various products
and services servicing a global clientele.
Industries we’re exploring are fashion
accessories, furniture manufacturing,
food and food additive manufacturing
and technology. Then we gather at
the next morning to recap learnings
with each group reporting back their
observations.

implications--of the knowledge
economy. These experiences enable
us to deepen, accelerate, and
internalize our own learning about
profound changes in the business
environment and, at the same time,
share experiences and perspectives
with fellow FWN members from
different companies, industries, and
countries. Learning Journeys reflect
our conviction that the most powerful
learning occurs through experience
and interaction, not from books or
speeches. The Learning Journeys
developed for the Customers of the
Future meeting offer a rich array of
experiences, company visits, and
conversations emblematic of changing
customer relationships and the new
(or transformed) business models
emerging in response.
FWN members will board a bus and set
out on foot to investigate Customers
of the Future. We will explore the
question: Has the customer changed,
or is it our understanding of the
customer that has changed? -- Chris

More than a field trip or a fact-finding
They will share with us the Top 10
mission, Learning Journeys immerse
Amazing Secrets Only Locals Know
us in the reality--and long-range
About Cebu: what to eat.
why you should live.work
Go v er n o r H il a r io P er ez D a vi d e II I w i t h V ic e Go v er n o r Ag n es Al m en d ra s M a g p a l e
here. how and when to
a n d t h e Fi l ip in a W o men 's Net w o r k i n v i t e y o u t o
invest. And why wearing
a “Filipina Women in
Diaspora” outfit is the
coolest thing to wear in
Cebu. Then we salo salo.
SUNDAY, AUG 21, 2016
5:00PM - 8:30PM
And soireé.

WELCOME SALO-SALO SOIRÉE
CEBU PROVINCIAL
CAPITOL BUILDING
@ N. ESCARIO ST.

AUGUST 22 • MONDAY
7:00am – 7:30am
Registration #2 (Pick-up
your Summit Credentials)
Camia Room
Registration #2 (Pick-up
your Summit Credentials)
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You will be welcomed with
leis and gorgeous “Hunks”
as you board the bus for
our Learning Journey!
DRESS CODE:
FILIPINA WOMEN IN THE
DIASPORA

7:30am – 12:30pm
Learning Journey #1:
Customers of the Future
Shangri-La Mactan Lobby
Moderators: Nini Alvero,
Marily Mondejar, Jopin

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We’ll have a first-hand look at the
customers, producers, and purveyors.
of the future which will set the stage for
subsequent conversations designed
to deepen our understanding of
the causes, manifestations, and
implications of changing customer
relationships. Among the topics we will
discuss in small groups: the future of
brands, value webs, global youth, the
particularity of desire, the digital divide,
and why companies still don’t get it!
Who will be the “customers of the
future?” What will they want? And how
will businesses construct relationships
with them that are satisfying,
meaningful, and ultimately profitable?
Attendees will be divided into groups.
Each group will explore one of the
following discussion topics during
the Learning Journey and report their
findings at the end of the day, when we
gather for dinner:
Changing customer relationships Christine Amour-Levar
New realities and most compelling
hypotheses about the customer of the
future - Paulette Deduque-Liu
Most compelling changes and
corporate tools for capitalizing on
opportunities - Josephine Romero
Key insights about emergent changes,
their significance, and the implications
for companies. - Nora Terrado
We will create a Learning Wall &
Individual Reflections. The Learning
Wall will showcase photos, quotes, and
other artifacts gathered during the
day’s learning journeys. Participants will
share their personal observations.
1:30pm – 2:00pm
Welcome to
University of Cebu:
Candice Gotianuy,
Chancellor University of Cebu
Banilad Campus
Moderators: Rosario Cajucom
Bradbury, Marily Mondejar
Speakers: Angelica Berrie
INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE. ACTION.

Developing next generation leaders:
how do we accelerate our talent
pipeline?
2:00pm – 3:15pm Press Conference
• Book Launch • Meet the Authors •
Book Signing: “DISRUPT 2.0. Filipina
Women: Daring To Lead”
University of Cebu: Banilad Campus
Moderators: Susan Bautista Afan,
Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, Chit
Lijauco, Marily Mondejar, Aimee
Alado, Elizabeth Bautista, Francine
Maigue
Authors: Maria Beebe, Thelma Boac,
Gloria T. Caoile, Emma Imperial,
Elena Mangahas, Rocio Nuyda,
Jopin Romero, Myrna Tang Yao,
Bambi Lorica
Press Conference & Book Launch:
“DISRUPT 2.0. Filipina Women: Daring
To Lead”, Maria A. Beebe, Ph.D.,
Editor, FWN Board Member

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Meet the Authors - 37 select authors
will read excerpts from their chapters.
Book signing will follow.
Authors are US and Global FWN100
awardees contributed chapters about
the following themes:


Life disruptions
Workplace disruptions initiated
Leadership competencies
developed for oneself, for leading
others, for leading organizations,
and
• Legacy building for next
generation leaders
Press Conference: Book Launch
DISRUPT 2.0. Filipina Women: Daring
to Lead
Book Reading and Signing
Media Co-Chairs Chit Lijauco,
Philippine Tatler
and Susan
Afan, ABS CBN
Lingkod Kapamilya
Foundation
1:45 pm - Author
readings
2:30 pm - Pinay
Speed Femtoring
4:00 pm - Book
purchases, author signing; Continue
fellowship

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016
6:00 PM NO-HOST RECEPTION | 7:00 PM GALA AWARDS & DINNER
SHANGRI-LA MACTAN BALLROOM, CEBU CITY
FILIPINIANA ATTIRE | FORMAL | BARONG | BLACK TIE
RSVP @ TICKETS @ FFWN.ORG/EVENT-1837718

3:15pm – 4:30pm Pinay Speed
Femtoring with Global FWN100™
Awardees University of Cebu:
Banilad Campus Moderators:
Rosario Cajucom- Bradbury, Eloiza
Domingo-Synder, Bernadette M.
Schlueter

5:00pm – 7:00pm Cebu Restaurant
Crawl (No-Host Supper) @ The
Terraces Ayala FREE NIGHT: Dinner
on your own @ The Terraces Ayala,
home to 48 international and specialty
restaurants. Network and deeper
friendships and business partnerships.

Pinay Speed Femtoring
READY . . . GET SET . . . FEMTOR ! ! !
Global FWN100™ Speed Femtor 100
Young Pinay Femtees / Protégés
Moderators will facilitate this awesome
and popular panel - one of the
highlights of the Summit - femtoring
next generation leaders by the Global
FWN100 Awardees.

8:00pm – 9:00pm Learning Journey
#2: Leadership Lessons from Datu
Lapu Lapu Lapu Lapu Shrine
Moderators: Stella Solero Bernabe,
Melanie Ng
You can’t leave Cebu and not learn
about the heroism of Lapu Lapu.
Lapu-Lapu City is a first class highlyurbanized city in the province of Cebu

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in the Philippines. The city occupies
most of Mactan Island, a few kilometre
off the main island of Cebu and also
covers the area of Olango Island
further to the southeast region, plus
a few other islands. It is part of the
Cebu Metropolitan Area which is
located in Cebu City. According to
the 2007 census, it has a population
of about 292,530 people. The city is
linked to Mandaue City on mainland
Cebu by the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge
and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. MactanCebu International Airport, the second
busiest airport in the Philippines, is
located in Lapu-Lapu City. The only
aquarium attraction in the Visayas
is also located in Lapu-lapu City. In
the 16th century Mactan Island was
colonized by Spain. Augustinians friars
founded the town of Opon in 1730
and became a city in 1961 and was
renamed after Datu Lapu-Lapu, a
Muslim king who defeated Portuguese
explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.
This battle is commemorated at the
Lapu-Lapu shrine in Punta Engaño.
9:30pm – 11:00pm
IMPORTANT: Awards Rehearsal for
2016 Global FWN100™ and FWN
Board Members Shangri-La Mactan
Ballroom
Moderators: Thelma Boac, Gloria
T. Caoile, Marily Mondejar, Jopin
Romero
IMPORTANT: Awards Rehearsal
for 2016 Global FWN100™ and
FWN Board Members . Don’t miss
this rehearsal. We will review the
awards process, guidelines for
your acceptance speech, awards
presenters, and what to do during the
Gala Awards Ceremony.

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AUGUST 23 • TUESDAY
8:30am – 12:00pm Plenary and
General Sessions: INFLUENCE.
ACCELERATE. ACTION. Rosal
Ballroom 1 & 2 (Shangri-La Mactan)
Moderators: Marcelina Ace Itchon,
Marily Mondejar, Susie Quesada,
Myrna Tang Yao
Plenary: INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE.
ACTION. DISRUPT 2.0 Filipina Women:
Daring To Lead.

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Plenary Speakers
Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale
Myrna Yao
Philippines Vice President Leni
Robredo

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

General Sessions:
Summit Weaver - Marily Mondejar
and Ace Itchon
Filipina GLOBAL Leaders
Discussion & Action
This is a very informal Kwentuhan
session (a la “The View”) among
kindred spirits on civic engagement,
public service, social and political
action. We’d like the discussion to
incorporate the summit theme and
the attendees to leave inspired with
an action item of what they can do to
get more engaged in the community.
The Global Leaders Panel will discuss
and formulate actions on how we, as
a leadership group, can shape and
move the Filipina Women’s Global
Agenda on the issues impacting
women. We will break out into small
sessions after the keynote and come
together again for each group’s Action
Items Report.
Awardees will sit together in their
award categories for discussion and 1
Action Outcome:
BEHIND THE SCENES LEADERS What boundaries were broken in your
industry, profession, organization or
community? How did you participate?
BUILDERS - Environmental Justice:
Creating Livable Communities for
Families
EMERGING LEADERS - What
distinguishes the Global FWN100™
awardees? How has your experiences
work for you and will work for other
Filipina women?
FOUNDERS & PIONEERS - Shaping
and Moving a Women’s Agenda:
Holding Public Officials Accountable
and Lobbying Effectively
INNOVATORS & THOUGHT LEADERS
- Ending Violence and Exploitation
Against Women and Girls
POLICYMAKERS & VISIONARIES
Making Government Work for Women
and Girls: Structural Reform as a
Women’s Issue
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Vice Gov. Agnes Almendras Magpale
Cebu

Vice President Leni Robredo
Philippines

Senator Loren Legarda
Philippines

Governor Hilario P. Davide III
Cebu

Mayor Paz Corro Radaza
Lapu-Lapu City

Angelica Berrie
Philanthropist

Cory Vidanes
Chief Operating Officer, ABS-CBN

significant motivator in the Filipina
diaspora. How do you challenge? How
did you challenge?
8:45am – 9:30am Learning Journey
Recap: Customers of the Future
Rosal Ballroom 1 & 2 (Shangri-La
Mactan)
Moderators: Marily Mondejar, Jopin
Romero, Nora Terrado
Speakers: Christine Amour-Levar,
Paulette Deduque-Liu
Learning Journey Recap: Customers of
the Future
Learning Journey Teams Recap and
Reports: business observations, factfinding mission results, and long-range
implications of these economies
The Learning Journeys developed for
the Customers of the Future meeting
offer a rich array of experiences,
company visits, and conversations
emblematic of changing customer
relationships and the new (or
transformed) business models
emerging in response. Attendees will
be divided into groups. Each group will
explore one of the following discussion
topics during the Learning Journey and
report their findings at the end of the
day, when we gather for dinner:
Changing customer relationships Christine Amour-Levar

New realities and most compelling
hypotheses about the customer of the
future - Paulette Deduque-Liu
Most compelling changes and
corporate tools for capitalizing on
opportunities - Josephine Romero
Key insights about emergent changes,
their significance, and the implications
for companies. - Nora Terrado
We will create a Learning Wall &
Individual Reflections. The Learning
Wall will showcase photos, quotes, and
other artifacts gathered during the
day’s learning journeys. Participants
will share their personal observations.
ACTION: Group conversations
on issues raised by the speakers.
Strategies and actions? 2 minutes for
each Group Report.
9:30am – 10:15pm Filipina Women
in STEAM Careers (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts,
Mathematics) Rosal Ballroom
(Shangri-La Mactan)
Speakers:
Dr. Carol Enriquez, President &
CEO, Our Lady of Fatima University,
Valenzuela City, Philippines.
Elizabeth Bautista, Group Leader,
Operations Technology, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, Irene

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13th Filipina Leadership Global SUMMIT 8.21–24.16
INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE. ACTION.
CEBU, PHILIPPINES

Corpuz, Head of Planning & IT Security,
Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Mylene Romualdez Abiva, President
& CEO, Felta Multi-Media Inc., Manila,
Philippines
Francine Maigue, The Face of Global
Pinay Power
Moderator: Maan Hontiveros, Chair of
the Board, AirAsia Inc. Philippines
A former dean at Harvard Business
School, Linda S. Doyle, who is also
former president and CEO of Harvard
Business School publishing, states,
“Certain kinds of knowledge get
outdated so fast now, particularly
application-focused training for a job.
They want practitioners who can think
analytically, look at life as a whole, read
with interpretive skill, and write decent,
well-constructed sentences.”
10:20am – Lapu Lapu City Mayor
Paz Radaza: Welcome to the most
urbanized Lapu Lapu City
11:30am - Welcoming Women to the
Cebu Economy
Rosal Ballroom (Shangri-La Mactan)
Speakers: Vice Governor Agnes
Magpale
10:40am - Opening Address:
Governor Hilario Davide III
11:55am - Myrna Yao: Chair, Steering
Committee, of the 13th Filipina
Leadership Global Summit! Rosal
Ballroom (Shangri-La Mactan)
Steering Committee: Myrna Yao
Introduces Vice President Leni
Robredo
11:00am – KEYNOTE: Philippines
Vice President Leni Robredo
(“Nicole” Awardee) Dreaming BIG:
Taking the Philippines from a 3rd world
to a 1st world economy. How can the
Philippines be an influential player in the
world’s economy? Accelerating the role
of the citizenry. If 59% of the Philippines
and the U.S. FilAm population are
women, what actions can FWN take?
Vice President Leni has been selected
to receive the Most Influential Filipina
Woman of the World Award “Nicole
Award Category”

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Networking Lunch Rosal Ballroom
(Shangri-La Mactan)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Time Capsule
Project: Photo and Video Sessions,
by appointment (Global100 Awardees
ONLY & FWN Board Members) TBA
PHOTO AND VIDEO SESSIONS
Appointment slot will be confirmed upon
receipt of your summit registration and travel
itinerary. First registration, first served.
Individual Time allotment: 10-15 minutes
for video interviews; 5-10 minutes for photo
sessions.Please arrive “camera ready” with
your make-up and hairstyle done. We may
be able to secure the services of a make-up
/ hairstylist on-site for a separate fee. Please
advise if you wish to take advantage of this
service. More sign-ups will mean a more
reasonable fee.

6:00pm – 12:30am Global FWN100™
Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony
and Dancing Shangri-La Mactan
Ballroom
Moderators: Gloria T. Caoile
Speakers: Marily Mondejar, Susie
Quesada
Global FWN100™ Awardees: Cory
Vidanes, Rosario Cajucom-Bradbury
Dress Code: Strictly Formal: Filipina
National Attire/Long Gown
6:00 PM: Invited guests start arriving
Global FWN100™ Awardees gather at
Mactan Ballroom Foyer
7:00 PM: Mactan Ballroom Doors Open
to Guests (to be seated)
7:15 PM: All Awardees enter the Mactan
Ballroom together
7:30 PM: Dinner served
8:15 PM: Awards Program Begins
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AUGUST 24 • WEDNESDAY
8:30am – 8:45am Plenary, Learning
Sessions, Breakouts on the 13th
Filipina Leadership Global Summit
theme: INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE.
ACTION. Rosal Ballroom (Shangri-La
Mactan)



Topic Breakouts will focus on:
STEAM (Science Technology
Engineering Arts and Math)
Career & Economic Empowerment:
Make Me A Filipina CEO
Violence Against Women

Entrepreneurship Breakthroughs:
Make Me A Filipina Millionaire

8:45pm – 9:45pm Make
Me A Filipina Millionaire:
Entrepreneurship breakthroughs
Moderators: Myrna Tang Yao
Speakers: Nellie Chiu, Marylou
Garcia, Cynthia Romero Mamon,
Rosalind Wee
Make Me A Filipina Millionaire:
Entrepreneurship breakthroughs.
Taking an idea to success: is it a
disrupter or sustainer?
Speakers:
Cynthia Romero Mamon, COO,
Enchanted Kingdom, Manila,
Philippines
Janette Nellie Go Chiu, President,
GCH Holdings, Inc., Cebu, Philippines.
Rosalind Wee, Founder, W Group of
Companies, Taguig, Philippines.
Marylou Ty Garcia, Founder, CEO,
Managing Director, Networking
Women Capital Fund and Expense
Reduction Analysis, Palos Verdes,
California, USA.
The “Make Me a Filipina Millionaire”
is a signature FWN women
entrepreneurship thought leadership
session focused on the business side
of the quintessential Pinay. Filipina
Millionaires who have shared their
stories in previous. Are our Filipina
women entrepreneurs business
disrupters or sustainers?
9:45am – 10:45am Smart.Young.
Unintimidated. Next Generation
Leaders. Yes. We. Are. | Our
future. Our footprint. Our social
good. NOW. Shangri-La Mactan
Moderator: Raissa Alvero
Speakers:
• Eva Marie Wang, Ph.D.
Researcher - Global Education
Cooperation, Seoul National
University, Seoul, South Korea.
• Mary Lou Flores Cunanan,
Owner, Vision International
Philippines, INC, Manila,
Philippines.
• Anne Quintos, Manager, User
Education, HTC Corporation,
Author, Abroad Me: 22 Success
Strategies for Young Overseas

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Filipinos, Taipei, Taiwan.
What issues are important to young
Pinays? What would the world look like
when Millenials take over the world?
Good Taste Knows No Boundaries,
Jumping to the C-Suite, A Whole New
World: our future. our footprint.
for social good. NOW., Sense and
Sensibilities, Must.Have.Some
11:00am – 11:30pm KEYNOTE:
Senator Loren Legarda:
Intersection of Climate Change
and Modern-Day Slavery Rosal
Ballroom (Shangri-La Mactan)
Women leaving the Philippines due
to climate change impacts availability
of jobs. Women are trafficked not
just sexually but economically; being
underpaid and struggling to make
ends meet supporting families back
in the Philippines. Loss of dignity,
influence and power. How can we
influence the systems in place?
What services and support can we
accelerate? What influential actions
can we take as a collective?
12:15pm – 1:45pm (Working Lunch)
Pinay Talks: Extraordinary Voices
- The Filipina in Diaspora, Rosal
Ballroom (Shangri-La Mactan)
Short, powerful stories about our
personal or professional lives. The
Filipina Diaspora - the power of
telling our professional stories.
Global FWN100™ Awardees share
their passion for issues important
to women.Previous attendees have
found this session meaningful and
provides a foundation for new
friendships.
• Carmen Anne Garcia,
Managing Director, Community
Corporate Pty Ltd, Mylor,
Australia.
• Melanie Caoile, Senior
Director, Yarn/Creative Solutions,
Advertising & Online, Microsoft
• Sandra Sanchez Montano,
Co-Founder and Business
Development Director, CHEERS
(Community Health, Education,
Emergency Response Services),
Quezon City, Philippines.
• Irene Corpuz, Head of Planning
& IT Security, Western Region

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WEDNESDAY, AUG 24

Behind the Scenes Leaders
the fiery gem behind
the success of Philippine
ould
Ambassador to the U.S. Jose
L. Cuisia.

Melanie C. Ng

International
Nevada, USA
Since 1981, Mita has helped
numerous companies brand,
market and sell hundreds of
millions of dollars of their
products around the world
from her home-based
operations. This extensive
experience and successful
track record has earned her a
reputation for being a homebased business expert and a
highly sought after leader in
her industry.

What is one professional
accomplishment and/
or influential action that
makes you proud? I have
influenced people to mobilize
assistance (financial, legal
or emotional counseling)
through the stories I’ve
produced in television and
radio. I have also encouraged
viewers and listeners to
be proud of their Filipino
heritage.

Executive VP, Ng Khai
Development Corp
Cebu, Philippines

event she has organized has
impacted the Filipino
community in the most
positive manner. The festivals
she has planned has been
attended by as many as
30,000 people.
If you could start over ,
what would you do? I
would live my life all over
again and not change a thing.
My life story is a testament to
a woman’s ability to meet
life’s challenges and come
out a victor. It is an
embodiment of a woman’s
disrupting skills, applied to
various circumstances
presented to them anywhere
they are in the world.

What is the global impact of
your work? To promote Cebu
as an ideal destination for
work and play where
investments prosper because
Cebu is where the heart sings.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? Take that
business course and go for
gold!
Your influential action: In an
organization, everyone
contribute to its success.
Success is determined by the
way a team plays a whole and
not by individual action.

Mita del Fierro

Rachel Salinel

Co-Founder and Managing
Partner, Filipino Excellence in
the Middle East (FEME)
Senior TV Correspondent/
News Presenter for Radio
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Owner, Grace Events
Manila, Philippines

Rachel is the co-founder and
co-host of Filipino Excellence
in the Middle East. A recipient
of the 100 Most Influential
Filipinos in the Gulf, Rachel
is now preparing a program
for the Filipino Community
Organization in Mozambique
to share with them how
to keep the Filipino family
together even when working
or being assigned overseas.
Rachel uses her treasures
to help send poor children
to schools in the Philippines
under a socio-civic CFC
program.

Marketing Strategist, Ziia
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Rocio Nuyda

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Rocio was a primary moving
force to author, initiate and
establish maiden regulatory
policies and procedures for
the largest bankcard
processing center in the
United States that
subsequently got adopted as
a pilot for all credit card
processes in the country. This
catapulted the company to
become the largest, most
successful and profitable
processor in the country.
Rocio has since retired and
now owns Grace Events. As
chairwoman of Fil-Am Arts,
she has taken the
organization to new heights
Filipinos can be proud of. The

Sandra S. Montano

Co-Founder and Business
Development Director,
CHEERS (Community Health,
Education, Emergency
Response Services)
Quezon City, Philippines
After being buried under
the rubbles of a collapsed
structure for three days
without water, food or clothes
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disaster-response and relief
initiatives through CHEERS.
From being a certified
provider of quality Emergency
Cardiovascular Care, First
Aid Science, and Paramedics
Studies, CHEERS expanded its
emergency-related services
and delved into the production
of Emergency Food Reserve
(EFR) in 2013.

Theresita “Tita” Q.
Dumagsa

than words. The rewards
were usually upwardly mobile
movements up the career
ladder to the upper echelons
of management of those
organizations.
My experience has been
that quietly and consistently
proving your worthiness
accompanied by a dose of
self-confidence is the name
of the game since respect
and acceptance have to be
earned. One cannot be an
apologist for being a Filipina in
the workplace because such
a projection of inferiority is
a self-fulfilling prophecy and
must be avoided at all cost. If
one believes one is an EQUAL,
then one simply is.

Builders

Project Director, Real Medicine
Foundation
Florida, USA
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
I immigrated to the United
States in 1960 and had always
worked in various jobs and
work organizations until I
retired in 2005. There was
always that initial sizing up and
skepticism from people in the
workplace to see what I was
made of because I am Asian.
Invariably, any preconceived
notions of bias, prejudice and
misconceptions were quickly
replaced with acceptance,
respect and even admiration
from peers, superiors and
subordinates once I was
able to prove myself and my
work ethic, talents and and
interpersonal skills became
evident. I found that proven
accomplishments and making
a positive difference in the
organization spoke louder
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Arlene Abe Pulido

Learning & Development
Manager, Al Tamimi &
Company Advocates & Legal
Consultants
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Arlene Pulido has shaped the
learning and development
at Al Tamimi which works
with a diverse range of
clients representing both the
public and private sector in
the region. Her innovation
is creating an e-learning
system which serves 16
branches of the company

across 9 countries. She
shares her computer systems
development with OFW and
with a company in Batangas.
Moreover, she quietly helps
Filipinos who have been
jailed in Dubai by providing
them paralegal services and
vouching for them which
requires surrendering her
passport. She partners
with other entities to share
information on how Overseas
Filipinos could have financial
freedom and uplift skills.
Workplace challenge as
a Filipina woman and
why: Most managerial
posts in L&D in the Middle
East are dominated by
Westerners. At the beginning,
it was a challenge for me
to demonstrate to upper
management that I was
equally talented as the
others. I believed I could add
value to the success of the
firm. Eventually, I set up the
first intranet system in the
company and created the first
e-learning platform internally
without the help of external
consultants.
What is the global impact
of your work? Learning
is a continual process and
it is important that I help
others see things in different
perspectives. I guide others to
improve their way of thinking
so that from their individual
development or success, they
can add value to the greatness
of others and impact society
and globally.

Dr. Bernadette M.
Schlueter

Principal, Department of
Defense Education Activity SHAPE American School
Casteau, Belgium
Dr. Schlueter implemented the
French immersion program at
SHAPE American Elementary
School, the only one of its kind
in DoDEA. This
transformational program has
enabled her students to
engage in a high quality
foreign language experience
enhancing communication
across cultures. She has been
recognized in her unwavering
commitment to education and
support to children of U.S.
Armed Forces soldiers.
What was you very first paid
job? Typist for the family’s
printing company. Fifth grade,
10 years old. Paid per typed
page.
How do you take care of
yourself? I run! Self-care
means taking time to indulge
in my personal passion,
running races in places.

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but do not forget the old ones.
Surround yourself with
positive people and avoid
negative ones.

Cristina “Bea” Teh-Tan,

Managing Director, Consumer
Business Head, Citibank, NA
Philippines
Under Bea’s leadership,
Citibank’s credit card business
experienced substantial
growth. She launched the
Paylite Installment Platform
which is now widely used by
Asia Pacific countries offering
installment facilities as well as
other award-winning products.
Bea was named one of the
best bankers under the age of
40 in Asia Pacific.
What do you think is the
biggest challenge that faces
the next generation of
Filipina women? Work - life
harmony. Navigating success
and juggling women’s multiple
roles and responsibilities.
Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Netwok: I would
like to be able to help more
women realize the power
within them and how they can
do more & share more.
ONE person who influenced
your professional career?
Why? My ex-colleague and
mentor Cecille Fonacier.
She made me realize the
importance of balancing
family and work. Most of all,
she taught me the powers of
prayers and faith.

Charina Mundo Vergara
Marketing Manager, Island
Pacific Seafood Market
California, USA

As the marketing manager for
Island Pacific Seafood Market,
part of Charina’s marketing
efforts for every store is
to passionately connect
and effectively engage the
Filipino community through
grassroots events upholding
the Filipino values and
traditions. In all of the store
openings, Charina has not lost
sight of advocating the cultural
heritage of the Filipinos.
Filipinos are often recognized
as a huge minority in the U.S.
although they comprise a
significant number in terms
of population in California.
Through her efforts she is able
to give the Filipino community
a voice to the public and is
able to educate the nonFilipinos about her culture.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self?
I would say stay authentic and
true to yourself and follow
your dreams. Don’t let other
people drag you down, love
more and worry less. Go out
and have fun! Be adventurous,
travel and explore the world
around you! Make new friends

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Eloiza T.B. DomingoSnyder

Senior Director and Deputy
Chief Diversity Officer,
Diversity & Inclusion, Johns
Hopkins Medicine and The
Johns Hopkins Health System
Maryland, USA
As a diversity leader in
the healthcare industry,
Eloiza’s work impacts the
many individuals that touch
patient lives every day. By
working with world-renowned
institutions that see patients
and families from all over
the globe as well as have
medical staffs that share their
talents in many countries,
her impact goes beyond the
walls of US-based healthcare
institutions. Eloiza specializes
in the provision of culturally
competent care for patients
from the countries where
Filipina nurses, nannies
and other house-help are
prevalent. Part of her work
ensures greater education
for parts of the world where
Filipina women are not
provided equitable rights or
treatment, and where the
Filipino culture is considered
of lesser value than others.
Eloiza’s work teaches equity

and alters antiquated systems
so that all women and all
cultures can enjoy equitable
environments and treatment.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why: I
am typically one of the only
or the only Filipina women in
my immediate team or circle
of colleagues. And while I find
consistent support from all
of my colleagues, I still miss
having other Filipinos around
me. I grew up having many
Filipino families, kids my age,
and gatherings that grounded
me in my culture. Not having
this in the workplace can be
challenging because of the
perceived need to assimilate in
order to success in all aspects.
What do you think is the
biggest challenge that
faces the next generation
of Filipina women? I think
Filipina women have the
opportunity to collaborate
with other cultures and
races to ensure that Filipinos
deliberately align and become
public allies with others
outside our culture, while
also retaining the values and
traditions of the Philippines.

Irene Corpuz

Head of Planning & IT Security
Western Region Municipality
Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates
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considered a “man’s world”,
particularly in the Middle East
where culture and tradition
have dictated Arab women,
covered in their black Abaya,
be a full housewife. Irene
bravely shakes the status quo
and emerged to be one of the
leading women in Information
& Cyber Security in the
UAE. Irene is also a soughtafter speaker and panelist
in Information Security
conferences throughout
Europe, Asia, and Middle East.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
In my experience in the UAE,
it is still the culture which is
the most significant barrier.
Being a woman in IT and Cyber
Security, there is still some
gender bias which limits our
opportunity to go on higher
ranks.
Who is one person who has
influenced your professional
career? Allow me to mention
two please.
1. Rosario Cajucom-Bradbury.
I have admired her since I met
her as the CEO’s secretary in
1989, until she became the
CEO herself.
2. In the UAE, Engr. Mary Jane
Alvero. She’s one of the first
Filipinas who has brought
honor to the Filipinas in the
UAE and continuously inspires
and motivates Filipinos with
her humility and kindness
despite her achievements.
She’s almost admired by the
UAE nationals for being an
empowered Filipina, being a
CEO of a company.

Our own ambitions. We
receive because we give. We
are blessed when we bless
others. I really admire FWN’s
FEMtorship program as a way
to keep the fire burning, for a
continuous lineage of next
generation Filipina leaders
year after year.

Lorna Patajo-Kapunan

Senior Partner, Kapunan,
Garcia & Castillo Law Offices
Atty. Kapunan is recognized
as one of the leading litigation
attorneys in the Philippines.
On the economic front, Atty.
Kapunan is the Legal Counsel
of Kilusang Makabansang
Ekonomiya (KME) which
advocates economic
nationalism and champions
the fight against poverty and
corruption in all branches of
the Government.
What is the global impact
of your work? My law firm
is only law firm awarded by
Bishop Business Conference
for Institutional Spirituality.We
are also the only Filipino law
firm in International Lawyers
Network.
What does self-care mean
to you? 20 minutes time for
yourself daily

Magnolia Misolas Uy

Commercial Counselor,
Permanent Mission of the
Republic of the Philippines to
the World Trade Organisation
Geneva, Switzerland
Magnolia Uy is the Philippine
delegate to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) in Geneva,
Switzerland. In addition to
dealing with various Philippine
stakeholders, she deals with
delegates of the WTO (164
members), the United Nations
(193 members) and other
nationalities. Magnolia Uy’s
key influence is in articulating
trade policy to negotiate
multilateral and bilateral
agreements, to translate policy
to make it understandable
to Philippine business
organizations and to potential
foreign business partners. This
policy when implemented has
people-level impact.
What do you think is the
biggest challenge that
faces the next generation
of Filipina women? I think
the biggest challenge is
maintaining our Filipina
identity. In the flat world we
live in today, globalization
is a real threat against staying
true to one’s heritage,
to who we are as a nation.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?

Maria Cristina “Ginbee”
Layug Go

Senior Vice President - Head,
Retail Loans Business, BPI
Family Savings Bank
Pasig City, Philippines
As a banker, Ginbee’s hand in
Building BPI’s Cards business
has driven innovation and
created a performance-driven
yet team-oriented culture.
Under her leadership, BPI
credit cards has pioneered
many innovations, most
notable of which is Real Thrills.
She made credit card reward
more affordable and more
accessible--instant rewards for
every minimum spent just by
presenting charge slips at
partner established such as
Jollibee, Chowking, etc. As an
alumni leader, Ginbee drives
Harvard alumni involvement
by espousing a One Harvard
vision. She enables potential
and existing leaders to make a
difference in society through
their professional and/or
personal lives.

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Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why: We
need a kinder and more
compassionare workplace
environment for working
mothers -- e.g., longer
maternity leave, nursing
stations, children’s school
leave, etc.
The ONE thing that we
would not guess about you:
I was a ballet scholar at the
Cultural Centre of the
Philippines.

is the person in front of the
mirror - ourselves! We are
often held back by our own
self-doubt or guilt whether
to pursue career or fulfill our
domestic obligations. We
can do both, with evolved
partners and a supportive
eco-system.

Mona Lisa Bautista Dela
Cruz, FASP, ASA

Marites T. Dagdag

President, Clorox
International Philippines, Inc.
Manila, Philippines

Maria Socorro “CORY”
Valenzuela Vidanes
Chief Operating Officer,
ABS-CBN Corporation
Quezon City, Philippines

Cory Vidanes is known as one
of the most powerful women
in Philippine media and the
most influential figure in the
production division. Cory has
become the mouthpiece of
how broadcast companies
can go beyond its core service
of entertainment. Under
her wing, she showed that
producing excellent programs
is part of her company’s
service commitment and
extending their hand to less
fortunate kababayans a
significant part of broadcast
service.

President & Chief Operating
Officer, Insular Life Assurance
Company, Ltd.
Manila Philippines

Marites is responsible
for building the business
sales, profitability, market
share growth at Clorox
International Philippines. She
also focuses her efforts on
building a highly engaged,
growth culture amongst
employees at the company.
Her goal is to continually
improve the company’s
organizational effectiveness
and productivity. Marites
has led 3 major strategic
initiatives for long term
growth at Clorox and led the
company’s Typhoon Haiyan
relief initiative.

Milalin SarenasJavellana

Facility Director, Philippines
Australia Human Resources &
Organisational Development
Facility
Paranaque City, Philippines

Who is one person who
has influenced your
professional career? At
one point in my career at
a Japanese company, the
President, Mr. Norihiko Takagi
believed I could go beyond
my role as a programmer
and supported my transition
to sales which became the
springboard of the executive
career. He’s been a mentor in
my early executive career.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
Sometimes the biggest barrier

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Milallin’s influence is in
improving the policies that
govern public sector human
resource policies, something
she has successfully been able
to effect in the Philippines
and Asia Pacific countries
for which the Australian
government provides grants.
Her global imprint has been
acknowledged not just in the
Philippines where she was
recently invited to be Chair
the Civil Service Commission
but also in the Asia Pacific
region where she vied against
40 other candidates to head
Australian grant.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? Do not be
afraid to dream big and enjoy
life as you work to achieve
your dreams.

Mona Lisa is first woman to
become president of the 105
year-old Filipino life insurance
company Insular Life. Her
appointment to this position
is the pinnacle of her many
pioneering achievements in
her 35 years of service with
the company.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
Developing emotional
confidence when faced with
major challenges, in the same
way that men seem to project
confidence.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
Maintaining a business
countenance and objectivity
when relating with business
associates who tend to make
decisions based on a certain
understanding “among the
boys”.

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generation of Filipina women
to overcome and succeed in.

Stella Solero Bernabe

Patricia “Pixie” JavierGutierrez

Executive Director and Head
of Corporate Communications
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Manila, Philippines
As J.P. Morgan Philippines’
Executive Director and
Corporate Communications
Head, Pixie actively
engages a cross-section of
stakeholders in advocating
JPMorgan Chase’s Corporate
Responsibility agenda in
the Philippines. Pixie has
endeavored to ignite the spirit
of volunteerism in over 14,000
employees. Fate favoured her
vision as ABS-CBN Lingkod
Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.
(ALKFI) helped launch their
employee engagement
program. In 2015 alone, over
32,000 volunteer hours across
a hundred activities were
rendered by their employees
for the benefit of chosen
communities.
Workplace challenge as
a Filipina woman: The
misconception that Filipina
women are meek and lack
self-confidence.
What do you think is the
biggest challenge that faces
the next generation of
Filipina women? No challenge
is tough enough for the next

Region Head ManulifeSTELLAR Region,
Recruitment, Business
Expansion Nationwide,
Financial Planning, Cebu,
Philippines

Rosario CajucomBradbury

Adviser to The Wallace
Business Forum (WBF), Former
Managing Director & CEO, SGS
Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd.
ROHQ, Former Chairwoman
of Philippine Swiss Business
Council
California, USA
Rosario has had a very
impactful 30 year career
with SGS, a global testing,
inspection, verification and
certification company. Rosario
rose from telephone operator
to CEO/Managing Director
leading 1,500 staff over the
past 10 years. Rosario has
leveraged her leadership
position within SGS into
leadership roles for the PhilSwiss Business Council, the
Filipina CEO Circle, Working
for Working Mothers, and
most recently The Wallace
Business Forum. She has
led the production of a book
called “Bangon” to raise
funds for calamity victims,
and participated in FWN’s
2016 production of the VMonologues in San Francisco.

Stella has helped change the
lives of over 3,325 insurance
agents in the Visayas and
Mindanao area in the span
of five years, through her
network of insurance agents
at Manulife. She does this by
exhibiting sincerity, credibility,
humility, and much sweat, as
evidenced by the conversation
in which at no one point did
she praise herself nor ascribe
her accomplishments as hers
alone.
How do you take care of
yourself? What does selfcare mean to you? Self-care
means taking care of my
health so I can live longer to
continue to and support help
others.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? Invest now
because the young you will
be the old you 50 years from
now.

Anne Quintos

Managing Partner, PageJump
Media, Author, Abroad Me: 22
Success Strategies for Young
Overseas Filipinos
Taipei, Taiwan
Anne Quintos’ book Abroad
Me aims to support overseas
Filipinos who are globally
competitive and financially
free with a burning desire to
make their mark in the world.
With over 1 million Filipinos
migrating overseas every year,
connecting with a fraction of
this demographic, especially
career-oriented young Filipina
professionals, propels change
in the unique experience
of going, working and living
abroad. Anne received a 7th
Obra Award for Outstanding
Community Builder in 2015.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why: It’s
finding our authentic voice to
lead. It might be in our culture
that we are bombarded with
images and messages of how
we should lead and follow.
Obey the rules with our heads
bowed down. Or if we are to
lead, we might as well act like
men. Being a Filipina woman
in the workplace sometimes
gives us that doubt in our
heads whether people will
listen if we are the way we are.
I think it’s key to strengthen

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that resolve and confidence
in ourselves and in what we
can do for our true voices to
become louder.

Eva Marie wang

Ph.D. Researcher - Global
Education Cooperation, Seoul
National University
Seoul, South Korea
Eva is a student leader whose
vision is to put Overseas
Filipino Students’ (OFS)
voices and realities within
the Philippine Migration
Discourse. In 2014, Eva served
as a Policy Staff (Intern) at
the National Assembly in the
Republic of Korea under the
Office of Assembly Member
Jasmine Lee, the first foreignborn lawmaker in Korea. Eva
focused on the plights of
foreign workers (Employment
Permit System Workers) in
Korea. After her work at the
Assembly, she continues to
work concerning migrantwelfare through various
capacities.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? I’d tell my 20
year old self: “Eva, embrace
your body and enjoy your
femininity!”
Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Network
My legacy for the FWN is
introducing the presence of
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Leaders and promoting their
‘academic bayanihan’ within
the Filipino diaspora.

patriots, innovators, honest
business owners, and creative
people who wish to live life
with integrity. And I wish to
expand and shape the Filipina
image as such.

biggest challenge that faces
the next generation of
Filipina women? Move away
from the stereotype of being a
support function but instead
be the lead.

Founders &
Pioneers

Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Network. To inspire
and encourage young women
to raise their hand to be at the
center and at the helm.

Mary Lou Flores Cunanan
Owner, Vision International
Philippines, Inc.
Manila, Philippines

Mary Lou Cunanan is an
emerging leader who has
a clear vision about the
importance of living and
working with people of varying
backgrounds and cultures. Her
company, Vision International
Philippines (VIP) has sent up to
100 young Filipinos to the US
on various Public Diplomacy
Programs in the span of 7
months and is projected to
increase by 250% over the
next 6 months.
If you no longer live in the
Philippines, why did you
leave? I left the Philippines
when I was 21 and lived in the
US for almost 10 years. 3 years
ago, I decided to return. I left
because I felt that I could get
experience freedom and gain
access to varyig opportunities
and I was right. I was exposed
to various kinds of people and
business practices. I returned
to the Philippines because it’s
my home. The Philippines is
not just a home to the corrupt,
the poor, the uneducated
or mail-order brides. The
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Agnes A. Gervacio

President, NEC Philippines,Inc.
Makati Philippines
Agnes is the first Filipino
woman to be elected as
President of NEC Philippines.
An awardee of GBU (Global
Business Unit), Agnes oversees
NEC Japan and continues to
build on NEC’s excellent track
record since it established its
presence in the local market
through its Manila
Representative office. Agnes is
also a Board Member of the
NEC Foundation, a non-stock,
non-profit Filipino corporation
that provides Filipinos with
scholarship grants for
Information technology,
electronics and
communication engineering.
Such assistance not only
actualizes NEC’s core business
on ICT but also provides hope
for better, high- paying jobs
for these scholars.
What do you think is the

Amparito Llamas
lhuillier

President, Amparito Llamas
Lhuillier Education Foundation
(ALLEF)
Cebu, Philippines
Amparito Lhuillier’s mantra
in life is sharing her blessed
and bountiful life with the
marginalized Filipinos because
paying forward is what defines
her as a human being.
Amparito was a preschool
teacher and her goal was
to put up a school and she
established a scholarship
program for deserving
young girls. To date her
program has produced over
500 scholarships. In 1995,
Amparito Llamas Lhullier
Educational Foundation (Allef)
was set up. It gives tuition
subsidies to deserving poor

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scholars. More than 1,000
in USJ-R have benefited in a
budget that has come close
to P8 million. Allef has also
assisted teachers, as well as
more than 100 (annually)
academically gifted children.
The Amparito Llamas Lhuillier
Educational Foundation now
grants high school and college
students in Luzon,Visayas and
Mindanao with a scholarship
to complete their studies.
Amparito Llamas Lhuillier
was conferred the degree of
Doctor of Humanities, honoris
causa, by the University of
San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R). In
the school’s 65-year history
there have only been five so
honored, and Amparito is the
only woman.

from your experience?
The lack of support from other
women. However, I am also
convinced that there simply is
no ONE formula for how a
woman should lead her life.
Each of us needs to respect the
choices that any woman makes
for herself, for her family, and
for her career. We all have the
right to develop our potential,
at our own pace, and when it
suits us. What’s important is
supporting each other. I feel
passionately that women need
to empower each other more,
so that we have the courage to
define success on our own
terms. I believe each person’s
uniqueness is her power, and I
remind my children about this
often.

DOST. I was the President and
Managing Director of the first
Joint Venture of an IT
company-SUN Microsystems
Philippines. And now with my
husband, Mario,are now
managing and operating the
first and only world class
theme park in the countryEnchanted Kingdom Inc.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
In the field of Information
Technology and even in the
Amusement and Leisure
Industry, the perception that
male leaders can do better
than women leaders has been
the most significant barrier
thus making it more imposing
for women leaders to build
their expertise, gain experience
and show their comparative
advantage as women leaders
by achievement and influence.

Baguio. Since she joined the
paper in year 2000, she has
expanded its reach on paper
and online, and multiplied
its readership in exponential
terms. She founded the
Group’s magazine products,
which have provided new
venues to communicate by
the Visayan and Mindanao
business community. Even
better, these platforms have
provided a constant stream
of information to the global
community that wishes to
learn of business, culture and
society in areas outside of
Metro Manila. Gina’s impact
and influence is primarily in
publishing where she has
innovated and expanded
access to information to an
unprecedented readership size
for what used to be a Cebubased newspaper.

CHristine Amour Levar

Founding Partner, Women on a
Mission
Singapore
Through Women On A Mission
(WOAM), Christine and her
partners have raised over
$600,000 USD to support
organizations that advance the
position of women around the
world. Women On A Mission
aims to raise awareness and
support for women survivors
of war and to support and
empower women who have
been subjected to violence and
abuse.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
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Cynthia Romero Mamon,
Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer,
Enchanted Kingdon, Inc.
Manila, Philippines

List 1 professional
accomplishment and/or
influential action that makes
you proud: I have pioneered
several projects in government
when I was Director of the
Management Information
Systems of PCARRD under the

CEO, Via Mare Catering
Services, Inc.
Makati, Philippines

Gina Garcia Atienza

President, SunStar
Management Inc., SunStar
Media Group
Cebu, Philippines
As President of Sun Star
Management Inc., Gina Garcia
Atienza manages the Sun Star
Media Group’s newspapers
in Davao, Cagayan de Oro,
Bacolod, Pampanga and

Glenda Barretto is the doyenne
of Philippine cuisine and the
iconic founder and CEO of
Via Mare. She has catered
for the pope, presidents and
kings, and her culinary career
spans years of owning a
restaurant empire and training
generations of chefs and food
executives. A pioneer long
before it became trendy for
anyone to consider being a

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chef as a viable career, she
has cooked her way through
some of the world’s most
important Philippine culinary
events in the Philippines
and abroad. Author of
five cookbooks and with
numerous prestigious awards
under her belt, Glenda is also
an ambassador of Philippine
cuisine to six of seven
continents and is one of the
most accomplished chefs to
have reinvented Filipino food.

If you could start over, what
would you do? Start up a
media and marketing agency

trees.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
Coming from a developing
country the Philippines,
Filipina Women have to strive
harder in coping with global
standards.

What do you think is the
biggest challenge that faces
the next generation of
Filipina women? Raising a
critical thinking generation.

grassroots level.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
That men think that we are
better off staying home and
making babies when we
actually hold half the sky and
are in fact more than capable
of competing with them.
More often than not, we’re
beat them at their own game!

Karen Graciles Libarios
Remo
Janette Nellie Go Chiu
President, GCH Holdings, Inc.
Cebu, Philippines
In addition to serving as
President of GCH Holdings,
Inc., which focuses on food,
agriculture and real estate
holdings, Nellie established
Crocolandia Foundation, Inc.
in 2000 as a Conservation
Education facility exhibiting
Philippine Wildlife to
encourage children to love,
appreciate and protect our
environment. Crocolandia
conducts yearly Art and
Speech Writing and Delivery
competitions to instill the
importance of protecting
nature to young minds. As
the former President of Zonta
Club of Cebu 1, Nellie led
the Women in Prison Cancer
Screening initiative in 2013
and facilitated the Greening
the Blue project to plant more

Managing Director &
Co-founder, New Perspective
Media
Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates

Maria Rosa Nieva
Carrion

Karen established New
Perspective Media which
has now become a leading
360-degree media, marketing
and publishing agency
in the Middle East with
clients spanning from key
government bodies, blue
chip companies and leading
corporations in the Gulf
and South East Asia. Karen
is influential in her media
campaigns to counter and
turn around (1) immorality
as defined in UAE to help
Filipinas understand the
consequences of their actions,
(2) indebtedness where in
2014 only 2 out of 10 Filipinos
saved and invested and, as
a result of the campaign, in
2015 8 of 10 were saving and
investing, and (3) insecurity by
launching the Filipino Times
award.

Bing is a noted social historian
and author whose world-class
coffee table books are found
around the world in libraries
of Heads of State, Colleges
and Universities as well as
libraries of cities like San
Francisco California and
Sydney Australia, among
others. As a social activist, she
influences young women and
girls to become empowered
women leaders. Bing
influences her readers with
the values and lessons
contained in her books. In her
work with Zonta International,
she has led “No to Violence”
campaigns. Bing plans to
build a Center for Leadership
for Women and honor
courageous women at the

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Founder & CEO, Seagull
Philippines, Inc.
Paranaque City, Philippines

Malou N. Santos

Chief Operating Officer, Star
Creatives
Quezon City, Philippines
Filipino art films had
always been celebrated
internationally in film
festivals, but mainstream
business viability was lacking
several years ago. With Star
Cinema, Malou set up the
infrastructure for Filipino
mass viewership worldwide.
Malou built Star Cinema more
than 20 years ago. Since then,
it has become the number
one Filipino film company
for Filipinos worldwide. Star
Cinemas forged through every
territory, starting with US
and Canadian Filipinos, and
pursuing even modest Filipino
populations, from Papua New
Guinea to Saipan. Together
with her mentors Eugenio
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Charo Santos-Concio, Star
Cinema gained market share
and total industry output to
reach almost 90% of the local
film industry today.
From Star Cinema, the
business line grew into other
major subsidiaries, including
Star Creatives TV, Star Music,
Star Events, Starsongs (music
licensing), Starflix (digital
narrative content), and
others, all emanating from
the mother business of Star
Cinema. Through Star, Malou
showcases Filipino stories,
culture, values, and aspirations
to global audiences enabling
second- and third-generation
Filipinos to reconnect with
their roots.

grow their businesses and to
give back to their
communities.
As Managing Director for
Expense Reduction Analysts,
Marylou has spoken
internationally being the guest
speaker of Center for Global
Best Practices, Phil., and guest
speaker for Financial
Executives International. She
strongly advocates for the
empowerment and equal
opportunity to women
entrepreneurs and Filipinos.

food, the stories and values
shared around the kitchen,
and what food does to our
well-being. She has built up a
personal reputation in the
food industry through her
widely read food columns,
accessible multimedia outlets,
and content strongly backed
up by research, travel and oral
interviews around the country
and among overseas Filipino
Workers (OFWs).

What is the global impact of
your work? It impacts women
entrepreneurs worldwide, so
they can have a voice and
have a level playing field.
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your
20-year old self? Be yourself.
Don’t allow others to define
you.

Founder/ CEO, Networking
Women Capital Fund
California, USA
Women entrepreneurs often
face additional challenges in
accessing capital markets and
experienced advisors/
mentors. Marylou’s
Networking Women Capital
Fund levels the playing field
for women entrepreneurs
through support and
collaboration allowing them to
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Nancy Reyes Lumen

Self-proclaimed
“ADOBOQUEEN”, Partner, The
Commissary Kitchen,
Cookbook Author and Culinary
Brand Ambassador
Manila, Philippines
Nancy Reyes Lumen’s
advocacy on adobo is not just
about food but also about
food and anthropology - the
hospitality associated with

If you had super powers,
what would you do?
Plant for Peace

Paulette Deduque-Liu
Ophelia MananquilBakker

President, Fostering
Education & Environment for
Development (FEED, Inc.)
Makati, Philippines

Marylou Ty Garcia

All comfort women who still
continue to speak up against
war crimes

Ophie Bakker Mananquil was
instrumental in passing the
Absentee Voting and Dual
Citizenship bills primarily
for the benefit of Overseas
Foreign Workers (OFWs).
She has been an active
environmental advocate
even prior to founding FEED.
Ophie continues to sponsor
scholarships and lead tree
planting initiatives.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why
Lack of a sense of urgency and
even action / response when it
comes to the environment
Which living woman do you
most admire?

President, COO, SVP - HR,
PSC Primary Skills, Inc.; PSEFISKILLS; Primary Group of
Builders
Cebu, Philippines
The impact of Paulette’s
commercial work is farreaching in building and
reinforcing the construction
industry in Cebu, and can
be replicated nationwide
in the Philippines as well
as elsewhere in the world.
Her work epitomizes a real
and significant workforce
development program that
she has already voluntarily
started sharing with the
PH government’s techvoc
agency and which has filled
in a big segment of the gap
in construction skills, skills
that are much needed in
Cebu, the Philippines and Asia
amidst the construction and
infrastructure boom in the
region. It’s a sustainable and
replicable endeavor, but most
of all, Paulette is willing to
spread the knowledge for an
even bigger impact.

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Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
I have spent most of my
career in a male-dominated
industry. As such, there
have been instances when
men would question my
capabilities and decisions.
This is not necessarily due
to incompetence or any lack
of interest on my part but
perhaps due to gender bias of
others.
Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Network: I would
like to leave a legacy of
breaking the glass ceiling for
women in male-dominated
industries and in providing
life-changing opportunities for
the disadvantaged in society.

farmers in the Phil. Raquel is
the first Philippine Chocolate
Sommelier and is a FEMtor
to several Filipino chocolate
sommelier apprentices. She
founded the Cacao de Filipinas
Fellowship (CFF), a non-profit
organization that empowers
and cares for cacao farmers
and their families, starting in
her hometown of Cebu.

fuse visual appeal and
maximum efficiency. Rosalind
is also the president of Pearl
S. Buck Philippines from
2006-2014 and now chairman
of the board, a non-profit
organization that promotes
tolerance, human rights and
inter-cultural understanding
in the country and all over the
world.

would you do? If I could do
things all over again:
1. Have more children.
2. Have a lot of bonding time
with family
3. Earn different culinary
certificates
3. Earn a degree in Master of
Science in Life and then earn
a PhD in Family and Work
Management

Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
The challenge is how to
practice Self Leadership. An
example would be breaking
away from our colonial
mentality which is part of
our cultural mindset, and
becoming self-reliant.

INNOVATORS &
THOUGHT LEADERS

What do you think is the
biggest challenge that faces
the next generation of
Filipina women? The next
generation of Filipino women
will be more dynamic and
career-focused. They will push
for more equality in the work
place specially in terms of
getting promotions, specific
assignments and negotiating
misaligned salaries.

How do you take care of
yourself? What does self-care
mean to you? I drink, eat,
bathe, and breathe chocolate.
I make sure I always bring
chocolate.

Caroline Marian SantosEnriquez
President & CEO, Our Lady of
Fatima University
Valenzuela, Philippines

Raquel Toquero-Choa

Founder & CEO, The Chocolate
Chamber & Cacao de Filipinas
Fellowship
Cebu, Philippines
Raquel owns four chocolate
boutique stores in Cebu
providing tasty chocolates
to high-end hotels and
restaurants in Cebu. She is
a frequent invited speaker
around the world, sharing her
inspiring story and advocacy to
help improve the lives of cacao

Rosalind L. Wee

Founder, W Group of
Companies
Taguig, Philippines
Rosalind’s company, W Group
Inc. has become a driving
force in the office property
segment. Known as a premier
developer of boutique office
buildings the W Group
presents office real estate
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Caroline oversees five Our
Lady of Fatima University
campuses. She received the
Autonomous recognition
from the Commission on
Higher Education, only one
of the fifty-nine colleges
and universities in the
Philippines to do so. Caroline
is also a recipient of the
Outstanding CEO from the
Academe awarded by the
Philippine Council of Deans
and Educators in Business for
her leadership and has also
received the Papal Award from
Pope Benedict for the church
“Pro Eclesiaie Et Pontificae.”
If you could start over, what

Cynthia C. Norton

President, Gymnastics
Association of the Philippines
Philippines
What is the global impact
of your work? The value
of sports tourism is said
to be over US$600 billion
internationally. The Philippines
with its varied landscapes
and contours, tropical climate
and warm people, is a sport
paradise. Whether on land,
water or air, there is always
sport to play in the Philippines.
My passion is to ensure
that we get a share of this

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opportunity. The Philippines
is suddenly at a key strategic
crossroad -- where people
worldwide that travel for
adventure and sports become
instrumental in breaking down
cultural and racial barriers.
People, regardless of color
and beliefs, play games and
sports together. It is the only
activity where people practice
peaceful co-living, positive
values such as teamwork, fair
play, among the many great
values developed through
sports.
Who is ONE person who
influenced your professional
career? The man behind
the timeless and powerful
statement: “The important
thing in life is not the triumph
but the struggle, the essential
thing is not to have conquered
but to have fought well.” Pierre de Frédy, Baron de
Coubertin , a French educator
and historian, and founder
of the International Olympic
Committee; Considered the
father of the modern Olympic
Games.

Edita A. de Leon

Global Head of Corporate
Affairs, Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé
S.A., Switzerland
Edita takes pride in having
led the Creating Shared
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Value (CSV) initiatives of
Nestlé Philippines. CSV is
a different approach to
corporate social responsibility
by focusing on helping meet
the social challenges of
communities in areas which
also create economic value
to the business. Edita is a
sought after speaker and has
spoken at ASEAN Integration,
Sustainability, creating
shared value, corporate,
social responsibility, etc.
She is a woman of leaders
and a strong advocate
regarding breastfeeding in the
workplace.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why: The
sterotyping of women, Asian
women or Filipina women
in particular, as being quiet,
reserved, prefering to stay at
the background, emotional
more than rational, has posed
challenges particularly during
the first meetings. When a
confident woman voices out
her strong opinion on an issue
amidst a team of men, she is
often viewed as aggressive or
ambitious, rather than simply
assertive and open. Over
time, in my experience, this
sterotyping and misperception
changes as you gain the trust
of your colleagues and as they
see the value you add to the
organization.
Your LEGACY for the Filipina
Women’s Network: By
sharing my expériences and
challenges as a global Filipina
woman leader, hopefully I
can mentor young women to
aspire to achieve even more
than what I have achieved.
The world is ready to welcome
more global Filipina woman
leaders who lead with their
abilities and with their hearts.

Mylene Abiva

President & CEO, Felta MultiMedia Inc.
Manila, Philippines
Mylene is a pioneer in
introducing Robotics in Basic
Education in the Philippines.
She has trained teachers
in robotics for inclusion
in subjects like Physics,
Computer literacy, general
science and mathematics,
started The Philippine
Robotics Olympiad (PRO), an
annual event in computer
programming and basic
engineering through
robotics. Her teams compete
internationally. Mylene has
reached 600 schools.
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience?
Sexual harassment when
I worked in the U.S.. I
excelled in International
Sales & Marketing but my
boss verbally abused me in
my initial months with the
company. I answered, “I’m just
doing my job, if you don’t do
yours, I’ll take it.” Two years , I
took his job.
Workplace challenge as a
Filipina woman and why:
In the world of Science and
Technology, Filipina women
are expected to prove their
worth and intelligence to be at
par with men just to be taken
seriously.

Karen Ida AlparceVillanueva

Managing Partner, Health Prx
Communication Services
Manila, Philippines
Karen has extensive
experience and expertise in
the healthcare industry and
has been a leading health
policy advocate for over 20
years. Karen has led health
programs focused on mothers
and children which supported
shared development goals
by the global community.
Karen was responsible for
implementing the MSD for
Mothers program, another
health program addressing
the high rate of mothers
dying while giving birth
which she initiated through
her application for a global
philanthropy grant from the
Merck Company Foundation.
The program was extended
for three years under Karen’s
effective and tenacious
leadership.
What does self-care mean to
you? I take care of myself by
being authentic and living the
life I want. Self-care is giving
yourself love and respect and
doing the things that make
you happy and authentic.

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A Filipina’s call
to Accelerate
women’s
participation in
IT Security
Irene Corpuz
Head of IT Security, Abu Dhabi Government Entity

The author (2nd from right) participating in the Panel Discussion during the CISO Summit Middle
East, discussing the security for Smart Cities. The only Filipina and woman in the panel together with
CEOs & VPs.

How can Filipina women contribute as change
agents in the information security profession? Cyber
Security is associated with hackers, risks, threats and
attacks. Unlike other professions, it is not usually in the list
of careers that high school students choose when going
to college. They see it as a profession associated with the
black hoodie jacket rather than a corporate suit or dress.
To some cultures, it is not socially accepted, claiming that IT
is a man’s world. For most Arab women and their families,
working in an office environment highly dominated by men
creates discomfort especially if the women are
required to wear the burqa (a veil that covers the entire
face & body).

Women are underrepresented in the security
profession with only 12% globally. For us in the field, we
aim to influence the younger generation to recognize the
Figure 1: Gender Distribution in Information Security

(Source: 2013)- (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, a Frost & Sullivan
market study, in partnership with (ISC)2 and Symantec)

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valuable contributions we make to the organizations we
work for and the nation as a whole. In the era of innovation
and creativity, Information Security professionals are always
in a race with the hackers. With increased digitalization,
cyber crime is growing. There is a shortage of highly skilled
software engineers in IT Security.

Let’s change these numbers! This gap may be
reduced by reviewing the current high school programs
to include cyber security. There must be special programs
for girls that include workshops to enable them to
gain experience, be accepted for summer internships,
and increase young women’s college applications as a
worthwhile profession for girls.

The roles of the Information Security professionals
are challenging. The direction is more strategic. Top
corporate executives care about Information Risk
Management. Cyber Risks are the top three of most board
agendas. CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers)
are now at board level as they are the most credible
individuals on the ground who can explain the cyber
threats and risks of the organization. Most women do
not know the depth of Information Security. Being stuck
in coding and the black hat is the perception.

Women Hackathon and STEMGIRLS are just some of
the programs that UAE is embracing for women and girls.
Why can’t we do this, most especially in the Philippines?

There’s beauty and art in the cyber world. Let us be
agents of change to encourage more women and girls to
consider a career in this industry.

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INFLUENCE. ACCELERATE. ACTION.
CEBU, PHILIPPINES

#FWNSummit2016

What is the global impact of your work? In our own
little way, we have helped promote ingredients that are
indigenous to the country leading to the promotion of
Filipino cuisine.

List 1 professional accomplishment and/or influential
economic governance structures, action that makes you proud: Our work with our women
such as with the United
farmers and our advocacy in support of Slow Food which
Nations and the World Trade
has led to the promotion of our local cuisine
Organization.
Which living woman do
you most admire? Martha
Nussbaum
What is one piece of advice
that you would give to your 20year old self? Enough with the
self-doubt.

ONE person who influenced your professional career?
Why? The late Justice Florentino Feliciano. I learned so
much from working with him. He encouraged me to take
on the leadership role of our industry during a crucial
period in the Philippine distilled spirits’ industry history
when our country’s excise tax on spirits was the subject of
an international dispute in the WTO, initiated by economic
powers- the US and the EU.

Congratulations

Global fwn100™ 2016
Awardees!

Marina Durano

Senior Program Officer, Open
Society Foundation
New York, USA
Dr. Marina Durano has
influenced feminist activists in
the global women’s movement
to pay greater attention
to economic questions by
demonstrating that feminism
and economic policies can
be integrated together at
the highest levels of global
standards-setting and policy
discourse, especially at the
United Nations. Her activist
work straddles the worlds of
academia and advocacy working
with two international feminist
networks, namely Development
Alternatives with Women for a
New Era and the International
Gender and Trade Network. Her
work with these organizations
have contributed to the increase
in women’s voices with global

Greetings from:

Mila Sering

Pet Hartman

Senior Managing Director & COO 
Seven Seven Global Services, Inc.

President & COO
Arch Global Services, Inc.

Olivia Limpe Aw

President & CEO, Disteleria
Limtuaco & Co., Inc.
Manila, Philippines
Olivia heads the country’s oldest
distillery, Distileria Limtuaco
and Co. and founded the Asian
Dragon Magazine, the first
bilingual (English and Chinese)
Business and Lifestyle magazine
in the Philippines since 2007.
Olivia has mentored many
women in their organization
which has allowed their

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13th Filipina Leadership Global SUMMIT 8.21–24.16

homegrown talents to serve in top critical position in the
organization. today.

Re-Imagining the Role of the Filipina
in Nation Building
Paulette D. Liu
President, COO, SVP - HR, PSC Primary Skills, Inc.; PSEFI-SKILLS;
Primary Group of Builders

With the robust growth in construction, good
talent becomes hard to find. Employers globally are
facing increasing difficulty filling jobs due to skills gap.
The influx of big players in Cebu has compounded the
problem of talent shortage in this part of the country.

Employees are key to the creation of a
sustainable competitive advantage. Employees who
are capable, competent, most engaged, and passionate
individuals become the strength of the organization. How
can one build a strong organization when talent is hard to
find?

While the Primary Group is in Construction and
Real Estate, we experienced talent attrition. We started a
relentless approach to people development to accelerate
the skills needed resulting in poverty alleviation. Our
mission is to uplift the lives of the marginalized through
Free Technical Vocational Training. Thus, the birth of PSEFISKILLS, PGB’s corporate foundation. It has also become the
best strategy to win this talent war and skills shortage.

When men were preferred for skills abroad, their
exodus was unstoppable. The idea of training women
for heavy equipment operations was unheard of and
unconventional. Nevertheless, we trained society’s
most resilient stakeholders: WOMEN. The “Strong Work
Group” (SWG) program trained and certified displaced,
unemployed, disadvantaged women in heavy equipment
operations and in various construction skills. It was a
daunting task that was met with much resistance from
male workers who mocked and discouraged them from
completing their training. As if learning these skills were not
hard enough, the women had to go through discrimination,
biases, and intimidation.

With determination, these women remained
focused and persevering, until they could stand on equal
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footing with their male counterparts. One of the pioneering
women scholars became TESDA’s national awardee. The
women skilled workers in PGB have grown, not only in
numbers but also in their career aspirations and have risen
to supervisory positions.

SKILLS challenged the status quo by advocating
gender equality in the construction industry providing
the ability to earn for their family. Our SWG hit several
birds with one stone: working mothers became builders;
erstwhile rogue men became gentlemen in the workplace.

Unheard of in the male-dominated construction
industry, we tapped an underutilized sector of society,
The Empowered Filipina. She never fails to inspire positive
changes to everyone around her. The task has just begun,
we need to scale up and touch more lives.

Image 1: Maria Lorena Oño, Strong Work Group (SWG) Batch 1, doing
carpentry.
Image 2: Gleceria Vanguardia, SKILLS Heavy Equipment Operator graduate
doing excavation works.

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Susie Quesada

President
President, Ramar Foods International

Marily Mondejar

Founder & CEO
Commissioner, Commission
on Community Investment and
Infrastructure, City of San Francisco

Gloria T. Caoile

Advisory
National Political Director, Asian Pacific
American Labor Alliance (APALA)
GLOBAL FWN100™

Elena Buensalido Mangahas

Board Secretary
Co-Chair, Little Manila Foundation

KEEPERS OF THE FLAME

Sonia T. Delen

Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Banc of America
Leasing

Sustaining Pinay Power 2020 is quite daunting. As the excitement dies
down and the reality of executing FWN’s 2020 game plan sets in, many will
drop out and others will pick up the torch. The Keepers of the Flame are
the caretakers to ensure that the Vision 2020 is kept alive: A Filipina Woman
Leader in every sector of the global economy.
“Never again forget the contributions of Filipina women in the building of
the world. – Marily Mondejar

Josephine romero
KEEPER OF THE FLAME

Founder & CEO,
Magpie.IM Pte Ltd.
Manila, Philippines

What is the global impact of your work?
My contribution is in helping to develop
business ideas and providing strategic sense.
At various instances in my career, including
the current, I work with organizations that will
provide the tools--technology, business
process, experts, and other relevant
knowledge--with the end in goal of disrupting
what is common and raising business
outcomes to the next level.

Maria Roseni “NiNi” M.
Alvero
KEEPER OF THE FLAME

Assistant Secretary,
Department of Trade &
Industry, Republic of the
Philippines
Nini is a seasoned diplomat recognized for her
ability at fully developing the potential of
Philippine export products in a given country
market and bringing in foreign direct investors
from her host country by actively engaging in a
focused investment program. She is also known
to demonstrate excellent diplomatic skills as a
top negotiator resulting in the smooth resolution
of bilateral and multilateral trade issues affecting
the market access of Philippine products into her
country of assignment.

Thelma Boac

Co-Chair, Global FWN100™ Awards
Trustee, Berryessa Union School District,
San Jose, CA

Colonel Shirley S. Raguindin

Board Member
Chief Diversity Officer, Air National Guard
(ANG), Chief of Diversity, National Guard
Bureau (NGB)

Maria Beebe, Ph.D.

VP, Special Interest Groups & Projects
President, Global Networks

Bambi Lorica, M.D., FAAP
Chair, Strategic Alliances

Josephine Romero

Co-Chair, Global FWN100™ Awards
Founder, Magpie.IM

Maria Roseni “Nini” M. Alvero

Board Member
Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade
& Industry, Republic of the Philippines

Amar Bornkamp

VP, Membership
Senior Team Manager in Operation
Control, Charles Schwab 8A

Continuing Influence
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership from
your experience? Being heard in
an all-male boardroom meeting.
Hence, I would always volunteer to
take the minutes of the meeting in
order to have a chance to clarify,
interject, give my opinion, and
challenge others’ ideas.

Ace Itchon

The Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award
may be received up to three times. Remarkable women
were selected for the second time for continuing to be
influential in their field, workplace and community.
When selected for the third time in the future, awardee
will then be inducted into the FWN “Always Influential”
Hall of Fame.

FOUNDER & PIONEER

President & CEO, Chairman
of the Board, Aspen
Philippines, Manila,
Philippines
What is the most significant
barrier to female leadership
from your experience? Women
are not aware of internalized
oppression they carry in their
baggages, hindering them from
assertion. They stay within the
comfort of “being nice and be liked”
thus prone to exploitation. To be
an effective female leader, women
have to be healed from generations
of internalized oppression of
patriarchy.

ANNY MISA HEFTI
BUILDER

Samahang Pilipina Bern
Ruederswil, Switzerland

Maan hontiveros
BUILDER

CEO, AirAsia Inc. Philippines,
Chair, AirAsia Zest
Manila, Philippines

Hardest lesson learned and
how you learned it? Most FiliAs Managing Editor of Philippine
pinos are uncomfortable with
Tatler, Chit profiles the lifestyles
confrontation. During one TV
of the rich and famous and
interview where I relentlessly
influential people in the Philippines.
grilled an interviewee, I thought
Chit balances her work with her
I had done well, only to find out
involvement as Governor of the
that audience reaction showed
Rotary Club, spearheading charitable
a great majority thought I was
causes that benefit the less
rude and “un-Filipino”. I have
fortunate from offering scholarships
since learned to punch with
to helping the poor, providing
silken gloves and use a more
disaster relief and support through
polite tone even as I strive to
natural calamities.
remain frank and honest. The
problem lies not in WHAT you
Behind the Scenes Leader
say, but in HOW it is said.
Managing Editor, Philippine Tatler

Chit Lijauco

Manila, Philippines

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Emma Imperial
INNOVATOR & THOUGHT LEADER

President & CEO, Imperial Homes
Corp.
Muntinlupa, Philippines
ONE person who influenced
your professional career? Why?
I was inspired by Henry Sy of
Shoemart. Thirty years my senior
at the time, he shared the secret
of his success which I followed all
my life. But it’s the constituents of
my public servant husband that
influenced me the most to create
and established my business. I
look straight into the eyes of these
people and saw their great desire
to own a home of their own. With
that vision, I became a provider
of homes and a community
developer who aims to help
people in fulfilling their dreams.

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Founder & CEO, Richprime
Global, Inc.
Manila, Philippines

Josefina “Chef Jessie”
Sincioco
Innovator & Thought Leader
President & CEO, Chef Jessie
Restaurants
Manila, Philippines

List 2 professional accomplishments and/or influential
actions that makes you proud:
1. Judging culinary competitions
2. Cooking for the President, CEOs of top companies, high
ranking government officials, dignitaries & Ambassadors.
Hardest lesson learned and how you learned it?
Engaging in business without a proper contract. I started
operating an outlet without signing a contract which eventually
led to its closure after just a year of operation.

Nora Kakilala Terrado

Myrna Tang Yao worked her way up
from trading dry goods to her position in the upper echelon of Philippine business as President of Richwell
Trading Corporation and Richprime
Global Inc., an exclusive distributor
and Licensing Agent of Mattel toys and other leading brands
of toys, shoes and baby products. A staunch advocate of
women’s economic empowerment, Myrna is the founding
Chairperson of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils
of Women, the President of the Filipino-Chinese Federation
of Business and Professional Women of the Philippines, and
Chair Emeritus of Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines.

Continuing Influence

MYrna Tang Yao
Founder & Pioneer

Karen Batungbacal
Founder and Pioneer

Executive General Manager
at QBE Insurance
Manila, Philippines
Your wish for Filipina Women’s
Network My wish is for FWN
to spur the empowerment of
Filipina role models to inspire a
new generation of achievers.

Innovator & Thought Leader

Undersecretary, Department of
Trade & Industry, Government of
the Philippines
Muntinlupa, Philippines

As the Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, Nora led one of the undertakings that forwarded greater
participation of women in economic activities through the APEC
Women and the Economy 2015 Fora. Nora led the roll-out of the
Performance Governance System resulting to the DTI attainment of the Gold Trailblazers Award (highest level) and being
recognized as among 12 Island of Good Governance conferred
by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia. Nora was first awarded
Global FWN100™ in 2014.
What is the global impact of your work? Turning the
Philippines into a global brand

Pet R. Hartman
BUILDER

SVP, Global Services Operation,
Arch Insurance Group, New Jersey,
USA • Manila, Philippines

Your LEGACY for the Filipina Women’s Network I am proud of
my heritage and have been very fortunate to be a part of a global
company where senior management respect, provide opportunities, and empower women. I am proud to be the only senior executive Filipino/Asian women in our organization. For what I have
achieved and will continue to achieve, I am very privileged to be a
member of FWN and be a supporter of the FEMtorship program.
I want to be able to inspire others that each one is unique and
special , and that you are the best person to discover who you are
and what you are capable of achieving.

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WITH BARBIE?

MYRNA TANG YAO

COVER STORY

In 1979 Myrna Tang Yao founded Richwell Trading
Corporation as a distributor for Goodyear Tires. At the
time, she was the only woman in the tire business, and,
in two years, her company became the No. 1 Dealer in
the country. Having
reached that peak,
she started looking
for another business.
Myrna
believes that having
a clear vision
is important to
achieving success.
Defining your vision
is a key element in
helping to guide your
actions to maximize
results. To grow
her companies, she

turned to innovation, new technology and creative ideas.
Myrna is convinced that one must be willing to adapt to
changing times and learn new technologies. “Do not be
afraid to learn and re-learn, ” she advises. She began doing
exactly that when she pursued her master’s degree in
Business Administration, despite running her first business
and being newly married and pregnant at the age of 19.
She was privileged to learn as much as she could while

working and studying. “Learning by observation and
innovating were keys to her early success, ” she reveals.

Myrna started by building a good name. In addition
to establishing her brand, she sought to build trust in four
ways: Honor your promises. Be honest. Be able to deliver
your promise. Have faith in yourself and in God. She starts
her day by giving thanks to God because she believes that
“a grateful attitude leads to a
great day, which leads to a great
year, which leads to a great life.”
Inspired by her children to look
into products for children in the
market, she found out that Mattel
was manufacturing Barbie dolls
in the Philippines. Without any

experience in selling toys, she dove head first into the toy
business. At the time, toys were generally only sold during
Christmas. To increase sales, she began advertising in
television, a pioneering move in the growing toy industry in
the Philippines. Today, Barbie is the second most popular
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brand in the Philippines after Jollibee.

Surrounding herself with good people and working
together as a team helped her sustain her company’s
growth. As a business owner, she has found that finding
and hiring competent and talented people can sometimes
be easy. The challenge is keeping them. Myrna is a firm
believer is treating employees or co-workers with respect
and kindness. She has observed that when employees are
treated well, they feel a sense of ownership for your brand
and company. They stay longer and treat the company as
their own. At Richwell Trading Corporation, Myrna has been
blessed to have dedicated employees; some who have
been with the company for past 34 years.

Myrna disagrees with the notion that work and
family should compete for your time. Family is what
inspires her to work, and both are part of what makes her
who she is. In 1974 Myrna joined her family’s commodity
trading business after receiving her Master’s in Business
Administration from the University of the East. At 26, she
put the family business into the top 350 corporations in
the Philippines. In the Nineties, she built the two highest
buildings in Chinatown with her father. Today, she is
blessed to be working with her grown daughters in their
company and is looking forward to working with her
grandchildren in the future.

Myrna is committed to making a difference in her
community. She founded women’s organizations such as
The Philippine Federation of Local Council of Women, The
Filipino Chinese Federation of Business and Professional
Women of the Philippines, the Pearl S. Buck Foundation of
the Philippines and chartered the Zonta of Greater Rizal
11. She also became the Chairperson of the Philippine
Commission of Women from 2004 to 2010.

Today, Myrna is the founder and CEO of Richprime
Global Inc., the licensing agent and distributor for Mattel
brands. She is also the President and CEO of Europlay
Distributor Company. Richprime Sales Inc. distributes shoes
and apparel while Richwell Trading Corporation distributes
Goodyear Tires. Myrna has recently introduced an
Australian cosmetic line, Grace Cosmetics, to the Philippine
market. Myrna shares, “I have dedicated myself to God, to
my countrymen, to my family and to my employees. It has
always been less for myself but more for others. Then, I
realize I have more at the end of the day.”
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DISRUPT 2.0
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
DISRUPT 2.0 required a collaborative effort that
was made possible by the following:
• Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of Filipina
Women’s Network provided executive oversight
and recommended the use of the Center for
Creative Leadership’s (CCL) Benchmark for
Design.
• Thirty–five contributing authors shared their
leadership reflections, narratives, vignettes, and
leadership competencies; whether en route to
London, Manila, New York, San Francisco, getting
ready for the U.S. national conventions, or caring
for an ill parent.
• For book cover design, Lucille Lozada Tenazas,
FWN100™ Global 2013 and Henry Wolf Professor
of Communication Design & Associate Dean of
Art, Media and Technology, Parsons The New
School for Design.
Our two associate editors gave comments on all the
abstracts and suggested areas for improvement to
the chapter authors.
Glenda Bonifacio, Ph.D. an associate Professor at
the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
Glenda who was on study leave and doing
research in Tacloban, Leyte persevered in sending
comments despite poor Internet access.
Vangie Meneses, Ed. D. is Board President of the
Council of Philippine American Organizations
of San Diego County and is an adjunct instructor
for Claremont Graduate University. Vangie fit in
writing comments between her teaching schedule
and later on, her long planned vacation.
• Edwin Lozada, President of the Pilipino
American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Inc. served
as our layout designer as well as provided an extra
set of critical eyes
Our external readers read the whole book and gave
us their invaluable advice:
James Beebe, Ph.D. recently finished the second
edition of his book on qualitative research, Rapid
Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based
Assessment. James was a professor in the Doctoral
Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga
University for 17 years and, prior to that he retired
as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with USAID who
served in Sudan, Philippines, Liberia, and South
Africa.
Madanmohan Rao, Ph.D. an author and consultant
from Bangalore, research advisor at the Asian
Media Information and Communication Centre
(AMIC), and editor of five book series: The Asia
Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge
Management Chronicles, AfricaDotEdu, World
of Proverbs, and The Global Citizen. He is the
research director of YourStory, a leading platform
for startups and investors.
Our peer reviewers provided comments,
recommendations for improvement, and

suggestions for edits – Ligaya Beebe, Wennie
Conedy, Kristine Custodio, Amelia Duran-Stanton,
Penelope V. Flores, Maria Hizon, and Isabelita
Manalastas-Watanabe. Although we publicly
acknowledge our reviewers, the identity of the
reviewers was not disclosed to the authors.
• The daughters who commented on their mother’s
narratives: Ligaya Beebe (Maria Beebe), Angelica
Mangahas (Thetis Mangahas), Johanna Mangahas
and Martha Mangahas (Elena Mangahas); and,
the mother who commented on her daughter’s
narrative: Lenore Lim (Marie Claire Lim Moore).
• For giving us permission to quote her poem,
Dreamweaver, Dr. Marjorie Evasco. As a writer,
Marj commits her vision through her poetry,
believing that the worthy warrior and healer is
adept at giving voice to the vision so that others
may sing it, too. She is currently a fellow at De
La Salle University. Read her poems at http://
marjorieevasco.jimdo.com/
• FWN’s first Fellow, Leah Laxamana fact-checked
references, made comments, and stepped up as
necessary.
• Franklin M. Ricarte (Draft Orange), Social Media
and Tech Guru updated the Filipina Leadership
website http://www.filipinaleadership.org/ and
Raissa Alvero, FWN Fellow provided various media
communications support.
• Our DISRUPT 2.0 donors: Insular Life.
• The Columbia River Peace Corps Association
Writers’ Group provided moral support and
encouragement.
• Colleagues from the Global Networks read the
introduction and synthesis and gave comments and
feedback; Jerri Shepard, Ed.D., Gonzaga University;
Robert Bartlett, Ph.D. Eastern Washington
University; and Mark Beattie, Ph.D., Washington
State University.
• FWN Filipina Leadership Global Summit (21-24
August) 2015 Steering Committee and Committee
Chair, Myrna T. Yao, President and CEO Richprime
Global Inc.
Media Committee for the 2 press conferences
in Cebu and Manila: Chit Lijauco, Managing
Editor, Philippine Tatler and Susan Bautista-Afan,
Managing Director, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya
Foundation, Inc.
Cebu Book Launch Chair: Rosario CajucomBradbury, Managing Director & CEO, SGS
Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ; Sponsor: Ace
T. Itchon, President and CEO, Aspen Philippines
Inc.
Manila Book Launch Chair: Emma Imperial,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Imperial
Homes Corporation; Sponsors: Bizu, Olivia Limpe
Aw, President & CEO, Disteleria Limtuaco & Co.,
Inc.
For collaborating with FWN for a book launch
in Cebu, the University of Cebu and Chancellor
Candice Gotianuy and in Manila, the Asian
Institute of Management and AIM President Dr.
Jikyeong Kang.
Other kapwa global Filipinas too numerous to
mention here who gave us support in spirit and
cheered us on.

Maraming salamat!

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STILL STANDING: a story of resilience
ROSARIO CAJUCOM-BRADBURY
Adviser to The Wallace Business Forum (WBF)
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” may sound
like a funny line from a late night TV
commercial, but it was something that
happened to me in 2013 on the 35th floor
of the Citibank Tower in Makati. I was at
a business meeting just returned from
yet another overseas travel. I was eating
my salad when I felt light-headed, and
my hands turned blue. I felt my
strength dissipating. Was I going
to live or die? My thoughts turned
to my son, what is he going to
do without me? Fortunately, the
service staff was well-prepared
in such an emergency. They
transported me to Makati Medical
hospital. I recovered. How did I
reach this point?

As a child, I was driven,
headstrong, and took on on any
challenge and succeeded. It wasn’t
that I was smarter or I had a better
education. My will—my drive to
excel and succeed—got me through
years of selling ice candy, death
insurance plans and encyclopedias
as a teenager.

I rose from
telephone operator
to CEO at SGS, a Swiss
company. I have been
called “exocet” - a very
small yet effective missile
in hitting its target. This inner fire, the
drive that can be good, can lead to very
bad consequences if uncontrolled.

My life as a CEO has all the
glamour and the lifestyle many desire.
What we forget is that sometimes this
bed of roses has very nasty thorns. That
afternoon in 2013, my bed of roses turned
into a nest of thorns. For reasons both
personal and professional, the cumulative
effect of stress crashed me: seeing my
young son, only for moments before he
goes to school or at bedtime; FaceTimeing with my husband, who lived thousands
of miles away; (in 13 years of marriage, we

only saw each other every six months!);
my doubts about my marriage; pretending
to be a happy couple with my in- laws; the
late nights, the daily trips to Starbucks for
mocha frappuccinos; my anxiety at U.S.
immigration interviews; the push to reach
corporate financial targets; the demand
to keep up with appearances; my perimenopausing as I reached 50. This was

My life as a CEO has all the glamour and
lifestyle many desire. We forget that sometimes
this bed of roses has very nasty thorns.
no lifestyle. It was my ticket to turning
me into a hypochondriac. I became Dr.
Google as I self-diagnosed every illness I
thought I had. They all came together like
a perfect storm. My body ultimately said:
STOP. You need to take care of you. Make
a decision about your marriage. Figure out
your immigration status; give your son the
opportunity to live out his American roots.
I had to confront all these realities.

I wish there was a happy ending
with my “I’ve fallen and can’t get up”
moment. As CEO you aim to be in control,
but I lost control of my own life. I lost so
much hair from stress that I couldn’t go

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to a salon for a blow dry! I continued my
duties in my corporate life, smiling even
though I looked like a zombie.

I addressed the issues head-on.
Trained to find solutions for any problem,
I went to see many doctors and prayed for
guidance. I later realized I was solving the
symptoms, and not the very core of the
problem. It took me six months to regain
my confidence with the help
of many people around me.
I have since left the
corporate life. I moved
to the U.S. to give my
marriage a chance and
my son and his father
the opportunity to bond.
I continued my advocacy
in empowering women’s
leadership through the
Filipina CEO Circle (FCC). I
took on a series of related
advocacies. I joined FWN
V-Day’s production of
“The Vagina Monologues”
as a castmember last
May. I participated in
GlobeWomen (Global
Summit of Women) and provided
testimonials encouraging others to do
business in the Philippines to support our
economy. I have found these advocacies
to be fulfilling and rewarding. Changing
my focus towards family has helped to
accelerate my recovery finding inner
peace and happiness.

I now focus my public speaking on
leadership and facing your fears. I speak
on the glamour of leadership and the
reality of depression. I strive to influence
others how to proactively take action and
develop a larger support system. The
sisterhood of groups such as FWN, FCC,
GSW—have kept me on a positive path,
avoiding close calls with the edge of the
mountain, and a happier, healthier, and
sustainable journey to find life balance.
There is far more to the story, but for now,
I can say, I’m still standing!

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POLICYMAKER & VISIONARY

Policymaker & Visionary
MARIA MILAGROS FERNAN
CAYOSA

Regular Member
representing the IBP, Judicial
and Bar Council
Cebu, Philippines

Mitoy is committed to improvement in policies and systems that
serve to enhance efficiency and bring a better quality of life to
communities and individuals. She is responsible for selecting
would-be judges throughout the entire nation. Mitoy conducts
seminars for social workers, prosecutors, and other members
of the pillars of justice on the Magna Carta for women, the
anti-sexual harrassment law and the law against violence on
women and children. As the chairperson of the Child Welfare
Specialist group, she helped improve the matching processes by
mentoring social workers on the preparation and presentation
of their child study and home study reports of children to
be matched with prospective adoptive families locally and
internationally.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to your
20-year old self? Do not be afraid to explore and do not limit
yourself. Find out what it is that you find fulfillment in doing
and have a positive impact on others.
If you could start over, what would you do? Be a better and
more involved advocate for children’s rights, especially against
child trafficking.
How do you take care of yourself? What does self-care mean
to you? Maintaining a balanced and positive outlook - I also
have “Me” time.
Your LEGACY for the Filipina Women’s Network My words,
works and deeds must inspire girls, women to do good and to
benefit those around them.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that faces the
next generation of Filipina women? Juggling the demanding
roles as a Woman, Wife, Mother or Leader in an increasingly
complex and fast-paced world.
ONE (only) Filipino custom or tradition you would like to
pass on to others. Malasakit - being caring.
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1:45pm – 2:45pm Make Me A Filipina
CEO Kwentuhan: Life in the C-Suite:
A Bed of Roses or a Crown of
Thorns? Rosal Ballroom (Shangri-La
Mactan)
Moderators: Ivic Mueco, President,
Convergys



Marites T. Dagdag, President,
Clorox International Philippines,
Inc., Manila.
Malou Santos, Chief Operations
Officer, Star Creatives, Quezon City,
Philippines.
Maria Agnes Atienza Gervacio,
President, NEC Philippines, Inc.,
Makati, Philippines.
Edita A. de Leon, Global Head of
Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Nutrition,
Nestlé S.A., Vaud, Switzerland.

The message of Lean In for Filipina
women-on-the-rise. Implications
for Filipina Women of the World.
Competitiveness and growth in the
workplace. Joining the conversation,
sharing “Lean In Moments”, connecting
with other Filipina women across the
globe. Is Lean In the answer to Filipina
Global100™ Power?
3:00pm – 4:15pm Filipina GLOBAL
Leaders SPEAKOUT: Influence.
Accelerate. Action. Rosal Ballroom
(Shangri-La Mactan)
Anabel Mayo, President, Councilor,
I Colori del Mondo Adda Onlus,
Associaziona Citta’Mondo Milano, Milan,
Italy.
Carmen Anne Garcia, Managing
Director, Community Corporate Pty Ltd,
Mylor, Australia.
Rachel Salinel, Co-Founder and
Managing Partner, Filipino Excellence
in the Middle East (FEME), United Arab
Emirates.
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Dr. Bernadette M. Schlueter,
Principal, SHAPE American Elementary
School, Casteau, Belgium.
Irene Corpuz, Head of Planning & IT
Security, Western Region Municipality,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Magnolia Misolas Uy, Commercial
Counselor, Permanent Mission of
the Republic of the Philippines to the
World Trade Organisation, Geneva,
Switzerland.
Christine Amour Levar, Founding
Partner, Women on a Mission, Chief
Marketing Officer, iRace Media
Communications, Marketing Consultant,
Temasek Trust & Temasek Management
Services, Singapore.
Karen Graciles Remo, Managing
Director & Co-founder, New Perspective
Media, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Arlene Abe Pulido, Learning &
Development Manager, Al Tamimi
& Company Advocates & Legal
Consultants, Dubai, United Arab
Emirates.
Edita A. de Leon, Global Head of
Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Nutrition,
Nestlé S.A., Vaud, Switzerland.
The Global Leaders Panel will discuss
and formulate actions on how we, as a
leadership group, can shape and move
the Filipina Women’s Global Agenda on
the issues impacting women.
4:15pm - 5:00pm Summit Wrap-Up:
Action Wall .... before I go, I will ......
Where do we go from here?
Moderators: Marcelina Ace Itchon,
Francine Maigue, Marily Mondejar,
Lorna Patajo-Kapunan
Global FWN100™ Awardees:
Karen Ida Alparce-Villanueva, Gina
Garcia Atienza, Olivia Limpe Aw,
Ophelia Mananquil Bakker, Stella Solero
Bernabe, Charina Carrera, Milagros
Fernan Cayosa, Mona Liza Dela Cruz,
Vicky Cuisia, Eloiza Domingo-Synder,
Marina Durano, Maria Cristina Layug
Go, Pet Hartman, Emma Imperial, Chit
Lijauco, Cynthia Norton, Rocio Nuyda,
Rachel Salinel, Milalin Sarenas-Javellana,
Bea Tan, Nora Terrado
5:30pm – 8:30pm Closing Reception
and Power Kwentuhan Hosted by
Amparito Lhullier at her beautiful
mountainside home Amparito Lhullier’s
Home (Maria Luisa)
5:30 pm - Meet at Main Lobby to board
shuttle buses

Building global careers for the Filipino IT talent.
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congratulates

JUSLYN CABRERA
MANALO

for achieving the “EMERGING LEADER”
100 Most Influential Filipina Women in
the World Award™ (FWN Global100™)

Friday, August 26
5:00pm – 8:00pm Manila Book
Launch of FWN’s 2nd book on
Filipina women leadership:
DISRUPT 2.0 and Pinay Speed
FEMtoring
Asian Institute of
Management
123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati
Manila Book Launch of FWN’s
2nd book on Flipina women
leadership: DISRUPT 2.0.
Invited are AIM’s women faculty
and students. Tentatively a
collaboration with the American
Chamber of Commerce and the
U.S. Embassy.

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Municipality, Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates.
Christine Amour Levar, Founding
Partner, Women on a Mission,
Chief Marketing Officer, iRace
Media Communications, Marketing
Consultant, Temasek Trust &
Temasek Management Services,
Singapore.
“Bing” Maria Rosa Nieva
Carrion, MNSA, Founder & CEO,
Seagull Philippines Inc., Paranaque
City, Philippines.
Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Selfproclaimed “ADOBOQUEEN”,
Partner, The Commissary Kitchen,
Cookbook Author and Culinary
brand ambassador, Philippines.
Raquel Toquero Choa, Founder,
The Chocolate Chamber, Cebu,
Philippines.

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STILL STANDING:
A story of resilience

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