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Welcome to the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit and to beautiful Toronto, Canada!

PINAY POWER 2017 is finally here.  FWN envisioned the Pinay Power campaign - a dream with a meaningful purpose—to double the number of Filipina women leaders by 2020. 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.

Join the conversation on social media. Use the hashtag #FWNSUMMIT2017 and tag @FILIPINAWOMEN.

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Claire Navarro Espina

Edelberg & Espina, APLC
President and CEO
California, USA

Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts & Sciences student council in 1981.

Claire migrated to the United States in 1983 to be reunited with her family.  She is a former bank compliance officer during which time she also pursued her legal education while raising 4 daughters.  She passed the California Bar in 1995, at her initial try.  One of her first cases was the successful defense of her own deportation.

 In Criminal Law, Claire represents a diverse clientele in matters ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies.  She is one of the few lawyers well-versed with the concerns of aliens charged with crimes.  She has a record of successfully reversing convictions of Filipinos who were ill-advised of immigration consequences of their plea bargains.

The Firm also represents prominent Filipino nationals in their legal and business affairs in the US.  She successfully represented the Filipino actress Nora Aunor who was charged with possession of controlled substance in Los Angeles.  She secured the settlement between two prominent Filipino business institutions who were bitterly engaged in legal wrangling through her dogged belief that Filipinos should not be litigating with each other but should be united in improving the lives of the Filipino immigrant community.

Claire consistently performs public service for Filipinos.  For seven years she privately sponsored a scholarship at UP College of Law.  Through her sorority association, she sponsors female college scholars.  In 2010 Claire undertook the prosecution of 3000+ banana farmers against chemical multinational companies in Los Angeles.

Claire belongs to a family of lawyer and physician siblings who are all active in social justice issues within their respective fields.  She is the sister of U.S. disability rights activitist Lillibeth Navarro a former TOFA awardee.  Claire is counsel of record for Lillibeth and her non-profit foundation, Calif serving the disability community in Los Angeles.  She prosecutes disability cases for Calif members. 

As a female, immigrant attorney in the United States, Claire understands the unique challenges facing the Filipina in today’s complex and highly competitive environment.  She overcomes overt and muted racism and gender bias in her profession and continues to believe in the ideal that empowering women, empowers children and whole communities.

Claire is also a committed member of the board of directors for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra.