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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.

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Thursday, October 26 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GLOBAL IMPACT: How FWN is Transforming the World - the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Global Impact: How FWN is Transforming the World - the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

As a network, FWN’s vision aligns to SDG 5 - Gender Equality. While the Philippines, the US, and other countries where Filipina women are present have achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls all over the world continue to suffer discrimination and violence.

Consistent with the UN SDG 5 agenda, FWN recognizes that “Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world” and that “providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”

This panel will highlight how FWN members and their organizations have contributed to one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including SDG 5 - Gender Equality and its targets. The panel discussion will start with an introduction of the SDGs. Then each panelist will have 5-7 minutes to provide an overview of the global problem and how her organization is contributing to a specific SDG and its targets. The panel and general participants will then break into small groups to brainstorm and highlight what action could be taken to contribute to gender equality and any of the targets for any of the SDGs.

The SDG 5 agenda targets, as per the UN website, (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) are:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
SPEAKERS: SDG1: No poverty - 
Leah L. Laxamana, Program Manager, Public Policy, Twitter, Inc. USA 
SDG 2: Zero Hunger - 
SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being –
SDG 4: Quality Education –
Thelma Boac, Trustee, Berryessa Union School, San Jose, California USA
SDG 5: Gender Equality -  
Marily Mondejar, Founder & CEO, Filipina Women's Nework USA
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy –
Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista, Sr Design and Application Engineer, Daikin, Middle East and Africa, UAE
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth –
Ma. Nieves Confesor, Faculty, Asian Institute of Management Philippines
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure –
Wilma "Amy" Eisma, Esq., Chair and Administrator, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Philippines
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities –
Jerrilyn Malana, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office USA
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities –
HE Junever Mahilum-West, Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with concurrent jurisdiction in Palestine, Philippine Embassy in Jordan and Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Jordan 
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production –
Georgitta Puyat, Chair, Philippine Orchard, Corp. Philippines 
SDG 13: Climate Action
Maan Hontiveros, Chair, AirAsia 
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions –
-Justice Milagros Eustaquio Syme, Her Worship Justice of the Peace, Ontario Court of Justice Canada 
- HON Cynthia Alcantara Barker, Town Councillor, Brookmeadow, Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council; Borough Councillor, Hertsmere Borough Council; Immigration Law Practitioner, Alcantara Consultancy Services, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 

AUDIENCE ACTION: Group conversations on issues raised by the speakers. Strategies and actions? 2 minutes for each Group Report.
  • What action could be taken by their organizations in partnership with FWN to contribute to gender equality and any of the targets for any of the SDGs.
  • What’s one key take-away? Why?

Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Why wear your All-Access Name Badge?  - All Access Name Badge has a different color. The badge is your meal ticket except during the Gala. A separate meal ticket will be provided and collected by the waiter.

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

FWN's Photographer/Videographer Policy:
FWN will have an official photographer and videographer on-site at all summit events. You are NOT allowed to bring your own photographer/videographer (even as a guest) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 

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Maria Beebe PhD

Founding Partner, Global Networks
Dr. Maria Beebe has a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Her research interests include critical discourse analysis, women’s leadership and information and communication technologies (ICT) for development and for teaching and learnin... Read More →

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Hon. Cynthia Alcantara Barker

Town Councillor, Brookmeadow, Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council
In the UK, Cynthia Barker serves as town councillor for Elstree & Borehamwood and borough councillor for Potters Bar.  | | She is vice chair Borehamwood , Hertsmere Conservative Association, Elstree & Borehamwood Branch, and vice chair Political for Hertsmere Conservative Association. | | Outside politics, Cynthia is an immigration law practitioner and community leader... Read More →
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Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista

Senior Design and Application Engineer, Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE
Engr. Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista is a results-driven Senior Design and Application Engineer who manages a team of product development engineers. She currently works for Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Engr. Bautista is recognized for being highly organized, dedicated and plays an active role in the decision-making process to continuously move the project forward towards successful completion. She is into product engineering; a trainer, user and innovator of product application softwares; and provides technical support to consulting, sales, strategic and business development teams in the region. She helps and support projects from small-to-medium-to-mega projects and does project design simulations following established design practices, as well as actual site visits, locally and abroad. November 2003 when she arrived in Dubai. She was employed in an electronics consumer industry and since then she kept abreast the ways of living of an Overseas Filipino Worker. In order to be productive during her days off, she joined volunteering work after her first year in Dubai. Till today, she plays a role in the community. She co-founded Filipino Digerati Association (FDA) in 2007 with professional friends. She was the President in 2011 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2012. She became very active in FDA and initiated several projects such as setting up additional branches in different Emirates and implementing livelihood courses. About three years ago when she started doing her volunteering work at the background to pave way and help cultivate inner strengths of potential leaders from the group to become the new future Filipino leaders in the country. She believes that volunteerism works the same whether at the forefront or behind the scene. Engr. Bautista always has a soft spot for those volunteers who exert time and effort without waiting for something in return. In order to honor them, she joined FDA in a global awards search for Filipino individuals and organizations outside the Philippines that help for the development of Filipinos and/or the nation. FDA won the Banaag Award... Read More →
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HON Thelma Boac

Board of Trustees, Berryessa Unified School District
Thelma Boac was born in the province of Bohol, Philippines and came to America at the age of ten. She became an English, Spanish, and Music teacher and taught for many years before becoming an administrator and high school principal, the only Filipina principal in twenty years in... Read More →
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Ma. Nieves R. Confesor

Associate Professor, Leadership and People Management, Asian Institute of Management
As educator, public servant, a “mover and shaker”, Nieves is co-creating the Philippines, ASEAN’s, global “compelling future.”  Professor Maria Nieves Roldan Confesor presently serves as core faculty of the Asian Institute of Management Center providing research and training in the Leadership and People Management for the Business as well as its Executive Education and Development Management... Read More →
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Wilma "Amy" T. Eisma, Esq.

Administrator & CEO, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
Action-oriented and forward-looking, Amy is a strategist and catalyst for change. By harnessing her legal education, government background, regulatory experience, and business and cultural exposure, she has effectively handled complex issues and concerns in both the private and the public sectors. Her integrity and professional work ethic are beyond doubt, even as she sets positive examples of creativity, initiative, and resourcefulness at the workplace. Amy first joined government as one of the 8,000 civic-minded citizens who responded to the call for volunteers to protect the former Subic Naval Base from pillage when the Americans hurriedly left it after Mt. Pinatubo erupted. Fired with the Filipino values of malasakit and kusang-loob, she selflessly served the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) as executive assistant to the chairman and member of its Legal Department. Little did she know then that after two decades, she would return to the place she had always called home. From 1998 to 2001, Amy served the Philippine House of Representatives and the Philippine Department of Trade and industry (DTI). At DTI, she worked closely with the head of agency in areas covering but not limited to administration, issues management, and providing legal, legislative, policy-making, and practical advice. She was also a member of the DTI team that negotiated and convinced Philip Morris International (PMI) to invest and build its manufacturing plant in the Philippines instead of Thailand. In 2001, Amy came on board Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) and eventually PMFTC, the Philippine affiliate of PMI. Her 15-year career as corporate, government and regulatory affairs, community and farmer relations and diversity and inclusion manager yielded internationally-acclaimed farmer programs, best practice systems, and leading innovations in agriculture labor relations, communication programs, and government relation strategies in a supply chain setting. She also successfully lobbied for the enactment of the Philippine Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 and the amendment to the Excise Law in 2005 and 2012. Highlighting her career at PMFTC were several awards of excellence1 from PMI, as well as various international awards in the field of corporate social responsibility2 . Notwithstanding her remarkable and lucrative career in the private sector, Amy again responded to the call of civic duty in December 2016, when she accepted Philippine President Rodrigo... Read More →
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Maan Hontiveros

Chair, Air Asia Philippines
Maan Hontiveros has been a student and youth travel pioneer, a television producer and host, journalist, publishing executive, multi-media production leader, staunch advocate for the conservation and protection of the environment, music industry managing director, and a passionate promoter and supporter of Filipino arts, film, dance, music and culture before she assumed responsibility as Chief Executive Officer of... Read More →
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Leah L. Laxamana

Program Manager, Public Policy, Twitter, Inc.
Leah is dedicated to promoting equity and empowering global communities. She has over a decade of cross-sector, international experience working in community outreach and creating social impact.   | Leah is a Program Manager for Twitter where she piloted and oversees the compa... Read More →
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Junever Mahilum-West

Ambassador of the Philippines to Jordan with con-current jurisdiction over the State of Palestine, Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines
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Jerrilyn Malana

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
Jerrilyn Malana is a distinguished attorney and community leader.  She serves as Chief Deputy District Attorney for Human Resources at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Jerri is a former shareholder with the global employment law firm of Littler Mendelson. She is a dynamic public speaker, and an effective and engaging trainer on employment law and diversity... Read More →
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HON Marily Mondejar

Chair/President and Commissioner, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure •, Founder & CEO, Filipina Women's Network
Marily, the Founder & CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), has dedicated the last decade to transforming how global Filipina women view themselves and how others perceive them—the transformed image is of women initiating influential activities. Her initiatives to bring about this transformation have included producing alternative and more positive search results on the Internet for the term... Read More →
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Georgitta Pimentel Puyat

Chairman, Philippine Orchard Corporation
Georgitta Pimentel Puyat is the Chairman of the family-owned company, Philippine Orchard Corporation, established in 1972. The company’s mission is to help marginalized farmers to improve their economic status through better crop yield full of quality, quantity, environmental sustainability and cost efficiency, with the use of the... Read More →
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Justice Milagros Eustaquio Syme

Her Worship Justice of the Peace, Ontario Court of Justice
As a Justice of the Peace in Ontario, Justice Milagros Syme presides over virtually all judicial interim release (bail) hearings in the province and in the majority of criminal remand courts. She also presides over other criminal hearings, receive informations (the document which... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boulevard Club 1491 Lake Shore Boulevard West Toronto

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