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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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Friday, October 27 • 8:30am - 2:15pm
Plenary and General Sessions: FILIPINAS IN MOTION: LEADING. ADVOCATING. IMPACTING (as of October 22)

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Plenary Speakers

  • H. E. Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia
  • HON Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotion of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry
  • Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada Nini Alvero
  • Joy Nott, President, Canadian Importers and Exporters
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chair & CEO, care.com

FWN Summit Weavers:
  • Commissioner Marily Mondejar, Chair and President, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure Successor Agency to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission; Founder and CEO, Filipina Women's Network
  • Susie Quesada, President, Ramar Foods International; President, Filipina Women's Network
  • Maria Beebe, Ph.D., President, Global Networks; Board Chair, Filipina Women's Network
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, Country Manager, Authentix; President Elect, Filipina Women's Network
Awardees (2007-2017) will sit together in their award categories for discussion and 1 Action Outcome:
  • BEHIND THE SCENES LEADERS - What boundaries were broken in your industry, profession, organization or community? How did you participate?
  • BUILDERS - Environmental Justice: Creating Livable Communities for Families
  • EMERGING LEADERS - What distinguishes the Global FWN100™ awardees? How has your experiences work for you and will work for other Filipina women?  
  • FOUNDERS & PIONEERS - Shaping and Moving a Women’s Agenda: Holding Public Officials Accountable and Lobbying Effectively
  • INNOVATORS & THOUGHT LEADERS - Ending Violence and Exploitation Against Women and Girls
  • POLICYMAKERS & VISIONARIES - Making Government Work for Women and Girls: Structural Reform as a Women’s Issue 
  • "NICOLE" and KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - Challenging the status quo is a significant motivator in the Filipina diaspora. How do you challenge? How did you challenge?

Weaving the Fabric of our Summit: 
RECAP: Learning Journey

  • Marily Mondejar
  • Susie Quesada
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury
  • Maria Beebe

Plenary Sessions

Intelligent Portfolios: Shaping Actions to Create a Better Canada and Philippines Bilateral Relations Through Trade and Investments

  • 7:30-8:30 am - Networking Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 
Welcome, Acknowledgments & Summit Weavers, RECAP: Learning Journeys #1 and #2 
Marily Mondejar, FWN Founder & CEO
Maria Beebe, FWN Board Chair
Susie Quesada, FWN President
Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, FWN President-Elect and 2017 Summit Chair
  • 9:00 am - 
- Welcome Remarks: Nini Alvero, Senior Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada and FWN Board Member

- State of the Philippines Economy: HON Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotion of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry

- Philippines-Canada Dialogues and Cooperations: H. E. Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia

- Joy Nott, President, Canadian Importers and Exporters

  • 10:10-10:20 am: Break
  • 10:20-10:50 am: Summit Keynote: The Better Leaders of Our Nature 
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder & CEO, care.com

For many of us, super heroes are a source of inspiration. Clark Kent, underestimated, harnesses the power within as Superman. Wonder Woman, our summer blockbuster, is a feminist superhero. But we need more than fictional tales of solo superhuman figures. We can be inspired by everyday heroes. As leaders, we must write our own stories. Sheila will share her story and three questions to help us find the better leaders of our nature and unlock our true power to make a positive impact on the world around us as systemic changers and examples for women around the world.  
  • 10:50-11:30 am - The Trading (Trafficking) of Services and People
Moderator: Jerrilyn Malana, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney's Office
  • Lily Torres-Samoranos, Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Outreach
  • Nieves Confesor, Associate Professor, Leadership and People Management, Asian Institute of Management
  • Claire Espina, President and CEO, Edelberg and Espina, APLC 
  • Justice Milagros Eustaquio-Syme, Her Worship Justice of the Peace, Ontario Court of Justice
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Make Me A Millionaire Conversation: FWN and OWIT Entrepreneurs - Tires, Toys, Food, Wood
Moderator: Anita Agrawal, CEO and Designer, Best Bargains


  • Isabelita “Lita” Abele, President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
  • Myrna Tang Yao, President and CEO, Richprime Global Inc. and Richwell Trading Corporation
  • Rowena Romulo, Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited 
  • 12:30-1:15 pm - Networking Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - Speakers, VIPs, and Attendees Group Photo Sessions
  • 1:00 – 4:30 PM – Time Capsule Project: Photo and Video Sessions, by appointment (Global100 Awardees & FWN Board Members ONLY) 
  • 5:00 pm - Green Room for Global FWN100 Awardees
  • 6:00 pm - VIP Reception (BY INVITATION ONLY) with FWN Board Members, VIP guests, sponsors, 2017 Global FWN100 Awardees
  • 7:30 pm - The Ballroom Opens
  • 7:45 pm - Awardees Processional March 
  • 8:15 pm - Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony 

Dress Code:  
Summit Sessions: Business 
Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony: Formal: Long gown or national dress for women; Black Tie or Barong for men

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

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

avatar for HON Marily Mondejar

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 →

Friday October 27, 2017 8:30am - 2:15pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

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