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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 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Soirée with Awesome, Fearless Filipina-Canadian Influentials

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Welcome to Toronto!

Be prepared for a warm welcome to beautiful Toronto! Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, famous for a diverse choice of food, arts, festivals and weather patterns! Smaller suburbs surround the large city offering options for people who prefer to step back from big city life.

Be ready to be entertained and leave your heart in the amazing home of the Blue Jays !

We've asked our fellow Global FWN100™ Awardees / Filipina sisters to help FWN provide a warm welcome only Canadian locals can provide to weary out-of-towners from 12 countries [Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Mozambique, Norway, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States, and of course, the Philippines].

They will share with us the Top 10 Amazing Secrets Only Locals Know About Canada: what to eat. why you should live.work here. how and when to invest. And why wearing a "Filipina Women in Diaspora" outfit is the coolest thing to wear in Toronto.

Quick Facts About Toronto and Canada:
  • According to Forbes, powerful cities such as Toronto attract investment due to the size of their economy, their projected future prosperity, cost of living and quality of life. Forbes describes Toronto as lying at the economic heart of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, projected to keep humming through 2020.
  • The other top ten most economically powerful cities identified by Forbes are London (venue for our 2018 Summit!), Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, Seoul, Paris, Los Angeles, and Shanghai.
  • Toronto is Canada’s banking/financial capital and the home of its principle stock exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Toronto has North America’s third largest concentration of private IT companies, bettered only by San Francisco and New York.
  • Toronto is one of the very few North American cities in which people can choose not to own a car without suffering major inconveniences. This is largely due to The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) – North America’s third largest public transit system
  • Toronto has 6 major sports teams in Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Soccer and Lacrosse. The major venues for sporting events are the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre (see image) and BMO Field.
  • Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is North America’s fifth most populous municipality – with a population of 2.7 million people.
  • The Greater Toronto Area, usually called the GTA is home to 6 million people.
  • Canada’s government expects the GTA’s population will reach 7.7 million by 2025.
For those who love the big city feel like of places like New York and Los Angeles – but with less crime – Toronto is a great fit.
Then we salo salo. And soireé.

Dress Code
  • Wear your "dream"; the person who "inspires you" costume. Prizes! Best costume contest! Be ready to rock & roll for photo shoot; postings on FB and Instagram
  • Welcome Soirée! We’re looking for the 2017 Face of Global Pinay Power! Finalists selected. Winner announced on Saturday, Oct 28 before we end the summit sessions.
Pinay Power Theme Party! Prizes! Best costume contest!
Two Wardrobe Options:
1. Come as your favorite SHEro! Darna or Wonder Woman?
2. Wear your own Pinay version of the “Rosie the Riveter” outfit. 
Be ready to rock & roll for photo shoot; postings on FB and Instagram

Why wear your All-Access Name Badge?  - All Access Name Badge has a different color
  1. Entry to board shuttle
  2. Entry to off-site events and Learning Journey
  3. Entry to summit educational sessions
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 gues) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 

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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Elizabeth Bautista is the Manager for the Operations Technology Group at the US Department of Energy Office of Science’s NERSC computational facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She and her team ensure 24x7 accessibility, reliability, and security of the non-classified High Performance Systems, data storage systems, and the wide area network called ESnet that supports scientific research and global partner collaborations. | | She avidly supports programs that seek to involve women in STEM, champions staff retention policies, diversity and workforce development, and advocates that the next generation of STEM professionals be trained through hands on opportunities and practice. | | She helps organize technical conferences for women and diversity, and manages the paid student internship program at NERSC. In 2015, she was chosen as one of 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the... 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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Susie Quesada

President, Ramar Foods International
Susie Quesada is the President of Ramar Foods International, the leading manufacturer of premium Filipino and Asian Frozen Foods in the US including such brands as Magnolia, Orientex and Kusina. Growing up in the family business, she started working at the age of 8. After a embarking on a career in public education, Susie rejoined Ramar full time in 2005 in various positions before assuming the role of President in 2013. Susie continues to ensure the legacy that her grandmother and father started by making sure that only the best quality ingredients are served to the Filipino and Fil Am community in the US, Canada, EU, Middle East and the troops all over the world. | | Her passions include family, education, wellness, playing soccer, cooking and mentoring the next generation. Susie attended the University of California at Berkeley and St... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Boulevard Club 1491 Lake Shore Boulevard West Toronto

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