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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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Saturday, October 28 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Make Me A Filipina CEO: How Filipina Women Lead

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Make Me A Filipina CEO 
  • Caroline Enriquez, President and CEO, Our Lady of Fatima University Philippines
  • Maria Cristina "Bea" Go, President, BPI Family Savings Bank, Philippines
  • Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Prime Group UAE (Geoscience Testing Laboratory, Prime Certification and Inspection LLC, Prime Alpha Consultancy, Prime Innova Training Center), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Wilma (Amy) T. Eisma, Esq., Administrator & CEO, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo, Philippines
Moderator: Mona Lisa Dela Cruz, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd. 

What are the qualities of a Filipina woman leader? How can we be be corporate savvy to get to the C-Suite?

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?

An informal Kwentuhan (story telling) session (a la "The View") among kindred spirits of how being bi-cultural is both a challenge and an advantage in the global workplace.

Panelists are corporate executives who are not related to the large organizations they manage and are 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global100) Awardees.

In the spirit of Lean In, prepare to share your story of an “ah ha” moment or a challenge you overcame. Here is a video on “Harnessing the Power of Stories”: http://leanin.org/educatin/harnessing-the-power-of-stories/ 

ACTION: Group conversations on issues raised by the speakers. Strategies and actions? 2 minutes for each Group Report.

Attire:  Business. Please wear your FWN name badge (at all times); required to board shuttle and entry to all summit educational sessions and off-site special events.

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration.  

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Mona Lisa Dela Cruz

President and Chief Operating Officer, The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd.
Mona Lisa Bautista de la Cruz is currently the President and Chief Operating Office of The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd. She was appointed to the helm of the corporation in May 2015, as the 15th President and first woman to become president of the 105-year old Filipino life insurance company. Her appointment to this position is the pinnacle of her many pioneering achievements in her 35 years of service with the company. | | Fresh from completing her Master of Science, major in Actuarial Science from the University of Michigan, she joined Insular Life as Technical Assistant with the rank of Assistant Manager at the Mass Marketing Division. In just four years, at the age of 27, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President at the Actuarial Division, the youngest executive to have been promoted to Officer level. Years later, after many promotions, she moved up to Head of the Administrative Operations Group. She managed a broader scope of operations including risk selection, issuance of new policies, customer service, information technology, business processes, and finance. She was also concurrent Chief Actuary and Treasurer of the company. | | Apart from her responsibilities in Insular Life, she also sits on the board of Insular Life, as well as on all of the... Read More →

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Caroline Marian Enriquez

President & CEO, Our Lady of Fatima University
I am an educator with a medical degree. I enjoy discussing education and how it can transform lives as well as innovations by which the delivery of knowledge in all its facets can be improved. Addressing skills and competencies of graduates to ensure better workforce is a concern... 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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Maria Cristina Layug Go

President, BPI Family Savings Bank
Maria Cristina "Ginbee" Layug Go, one of the youngest Senior Vice Presidents in the Bank of the Philippine Islands group of companies, is trusted with the responsibility of leading and managing one of the biggest businesses of the bank as the Head of Retail Loans. With a portfolio of $4.2Bn, revenues of $170Mn and an employee base of 1,700, it is comparable to the size of a medium-sized universal bank. | | Ginbee has a solid track record in the banking industry. She grew BPI's card's business over the last 11 years under her leadership by over 4 times primarily by driving innovation and creating a performance-driven and team-oriented culture. | | Ginbee believes in the power of purpose and the importance of providing inspiration and meaningful work to the members of the team and the people she works with. Having a clear mission and an aspiring vision are her levers to moving the organisation she leads. Under her leadership, the vision of BPI Family Savings Bank's retail loans is to enable Filipino families to achieve their dreams, today rather than tomorrow, sooner rather than later, in the near-term rather than the long-term. As the President of the Harvard Club of the Philippines from 2014 to 2016, she espoused a "One Harvard" vision to unite the alumni from all schools towards making a difference in society. | | She is a consistent builder of businesses, always taking a long-term view instead of short-term gains. When asked what her secret is, this is what she has to say, "Build people. Build people's careers. Build people's hopes." She adds, "Success is not the goal. Rather, it is the result of having made a difference in the lives of... Read More →
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Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi

Group Chief Executive Officer, Prime Group UAE (Geoscience Testing Laboratory, Prime Certification and Inspection LLC, Prime Alpha Consultancy, Prime Innova Training Center)
Mary Jane’s name is a fixture in any conversation about Filipino workplace excellence in the UAE. Through her exemplary hard work and discipline, she has carved a reputation as a true benchmark of what Filipinos can accomplish abroad, an an icon of female empowerment. She is not only a key figure in the Middle East business community and a global force for women empowerment but Mary Jane has gained through 25 years of experience in quality assurance, certification and analytical laboratory services. She bagged various industry awards for her outstanding body of... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

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