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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Friday, October 27 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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

SDG1: No poverty - 
Leah L. Laxamana, Program Manager, Public Policy, Twitter, Inc. USA 

SDG2: Zero Hunger - 
Mary Cheryl Bravo Gloner MPH, MBA, Executive Director, Project Safety Net USA

SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being –
Julieta Gabiola, MD, Faculty, Stanford University USA

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 –
Nieves Confesor, Faculty, Asian Institute of Management Philippines

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure –
Amy Eisma, Administrator & CEO, 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 – 
MLA Mable Tabotabo Elmore, Member, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Vancouver-Kensington, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

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. 


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 learning. | | Dr. Beebe has over twenty-five years experience in global development in higher education, telecommunications, and sustainable development. She has recently returned from Afghanistan as a Sr ICT Advisor in Education for the Telecommunications Advisory Team at ISAF. She served as Washington State University Chief of Party for a USAID-funded $12 million Afghan eQuality Alliances that forged partnerships with U.S. universities and established computer centers at Afghan public universities. | | Among her leadership accomplishments: Recommendations on the use of ICTs to expand the global outreach and partnerships of the School of Extended Studies at Portland State University; Development of an e-learning management system, curriculum on ICT policy and regulation in Africa and a Masters in public policy and administration in Afghanistan; Drafting a policy paper on E-education in Basic and Further Education in South Africa and a concept paper on ICTs for education in Ethiopia; Editing AfricaDotEdu about the use of ICTs in universities; and providing leadership for a multi-stakeholder Network for Capacity Building in Telecommunications involving 21 African and U.S. universities and regulatory bodies. Dr. Beebe has led workshops on teaching with ICTs at universities in Afghanistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Makerere, Malawi, and Nigeria. | | Dr. Beebe has lived and worked in South Africa, Liberia, Philippines, Sudan, Afghanistan, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, DC. Dr. Beebe shares lessons learned through reflection on action and scholarly papers at international conferences. She participated in the Afghanistan Country Workshop and presented a paper on MOOCs, m-learning and other online resources for capacity development at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) 2013. Dr... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

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