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.


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Thursday, October 26 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Welcome to the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit: Summit Weavers

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What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 
place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre

The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is more than a field trip, symposium or forum. It is a Learning Journey which immerses us in the reality and long-range implications of the politics of developing our career and business portfolios. These experiences enable us to deepen, accelerate, and internalize our own learnings about the complexities of how to get ahead, how to assess our current career or business situation, how to advocate for what we want, and a deep understanding of the issues that influence Filipina women globally.

Learning Journeys reflect our conviction that the most powerful learning occurs through interaction and sharing of experiences, visits to sites where business and product innovation happen, and not from books, lectures or speeches. 

Learning Journey #1:
The Globalization and Politics of Food, Wine and Fashion 

The best way to know a culture is through its food, wine and fashion. The quickest way to assess how people live in any country is to check out the restaurants, the grocery stores, the wine and liquor stores and the fashion department stores. It says a lot of about who we are as a global community.

Food has a special significance in the Filipino gobal culture. We have disrupted the palate of the Filipinos in diaspore to adapt to the taste of our adopted countries. We have globalized our Filipino cuisine and re-invented the Filipino taste. We come together for a meal to deepen relationships or to welcome new friends (Kumain ka na ba?). Salo-salo (also spelled salu-salo) is the act of sharing a meal together, to share our life stories, secrets and troubles.  

Salo-salo is also a term for 'celebration'. 'May munting salo-salo po' (We have a small celebration).  We toast special occasions at gatherings using local wine or liquor. We wear our best clothes when we're invited to the salo-salo to be respectful of our hosts and fellow guests.

In this occasion we are celebrating Filipino and Canadian cuisine as defined by celebrated chefs who have served many of the world’s leaders, from princes to presidents both in the U.S. White House and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's residence in Ottawa. Each will show us how easy to prepare their favorite dishes in a culinary demo.

We will learn about the uniqueness of the wines of Ontario from the first Filipina Somellier in Canada. 

We then shuttle over to the George Brown College Fashion Exchange, a fashion hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood to provide a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. Located at 63 Regent Park Blvd., it is a place where immigrants and at-risk youth can receive specialized training to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The Apparel Fit Technician and Industrial Power Sewing programs were developed with George Brown’s School of Fashion, the college's Community Partnerships Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Attendess will be asked to take photos, note notable quotes from speakers, collect arifacts during the day’s learning journeys. to represent their personal observations on the FUTURE SEARCH area representing the 2017 Summit, a Learning Wall of Individual Reflections. 

9:00 am - Welcome Remarks, Acknowledgments & Summit Weavers. 

- Welcome Remarks by George Brown College 

  • Marily Mondejar, FWN Founder & CEO
  • Maria Beebe, FWN Board Chair
  • Susie Quesada, FWN President
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, FWN President-Elect and 2017 Summit Chair


Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

Please wear your FWN name badge (at all times); required to board shuttle and entry to hotel.

Contribution for Learning Journey:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration. 
Additional guest tickets available at http://www.ffwn.org/event-2323316

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 

About George Brown College
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is committed to delivering passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals through innovative programs in two schools: 
1) Chef School - http://www.georgebrown.ca/chefschool/
2) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/

The fields of hospitality management and culinary arts are always exciting and changing. Th industry are for those who love people, food, wine, and thrive under pressure.

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is set in Toronto - the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada, and located just steps away from the city's top restaurants, bars, hotels and event venues.

Taught by professors who are actively involved in the industry; they will teach you skills that are expected by industry and help you build a network of industry professionals. Some of their programs provide the opportunity to learn and work in our fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs' House.



Thursday October 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
George Brown College

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