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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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Tuesday, October 24
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (hotel guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


Moderator
Tuesday October 24, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:00am

FWN Board Meeting #1 (Closed Session)
FWN Board Member Meeting

Board group photos. Action photos

This is a closed session.

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Dress Code: Casual


Moderator
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 →

Board/Steering Committee
avatar for Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
avatar for Gloria T. Caoile

Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →
avatar for HON Thelma Boac

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 →
avatar for Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
LV

Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
MH

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 →
MB

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 →
MN

Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
avatar for Nini Alvero

Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
avatar for Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
avatar for Shirley Raguindin

Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
TC

Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:00am - 2:00pm
Wellington Intercontinental Toronto Centre

2:00pm

FWN Board Meeting with Summit Steering Committee #2 (Closed Session)
FWN Board Members powwow with the Summit Steering Committee and FWN Staff!

Board group photos. Action photos

This is a closed session and by invitation only.

==================
Dress Code: Business Casual



Moderator
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 →

Board/Steering Committee
avatar for Gloria T. Caoile

Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →
avatar for HON Thelma Boac

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 →
avatar for Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
LV

Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
MH

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 →
MB

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 →
MN

Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
avatar for Nini Alvero

Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
avatar for Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
avatar for Shirley Raguindin

Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
TC

Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Wellington Intercontinental Toronto Centre
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (hotel guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


Moderator
Wednesday October 25, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:30am

Registration #1 (Pick-up All-Access Summit Credentials)

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Dress Code: Business Casual

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
  4. 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 paid guest) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 



Staff
GU

Giannina Uy

Fellow, Filipina Women's Network



Wednesday October 25, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Kingsway Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:30am

PRE-SUMMIT#1 (concurrent): Adventures with Robots: Dash and Dot (separate registration)
Limited Capacity seats available

PRE-SUMMIT Workshop #2 (concurrent):
Wonder-Full Adventures with Robots: Dash and Dot 
8 hour session

Wonder Workshop’s award-winning Dash & Dot robots teach how to code, igniting curiosity and confidence through play while learning essential 21st century skills. 

Wonder-Full Adventures with Robots: Dash and Dot brings the creativity and critical thinking of programming or coding to life while interacting with an engaging robot.

Train the Trainer: 
Bring this concept to your classrooms and clubs.You will be programming your own Dashes and Dots creating wonderful adventures.

Working in tandem with a tablet or smart phone and a growing suite of free apps compatible with more than 20 iOS and Android devices, Dash and Dot make difficult computer science concepts as easy as finger painting. Discover a world of learning and fun with the lovable robots that bring imaginations to life and encourage problem solving by exploring the possibilities that programming their own robots create.

Dash and Dot have already been adopted in more than 10,000 elementary classrooms worldwide with educators applauding their ease of use and the collaboration they inspire, while introducing coding to kids.

Wonder-Full Adventures with Robots: Dash and Dot will include the following:

  • The programmable ‘bots that enable every child at heart to explore STEM principles and gain access to vital 21st century skills in a language they can understand. The workshop provides hands-on experiences with STEM principles like conditionals, variables and sequences through coding languages that program the way a kid thinks.
  • Each attendee will work with a sophisticated, responsive real pair of robots, packed with learning designed to delight.

Intended Outcomes

  • Introduce attendees to STEM disciplines for the purpose of broadening participation. 
  • Our use of culturally relevant tools, particularly a pair of robots that the participants program, situates STEM learning, such as math and science, in a way where the student can conceptualize the content. 
  • Provide a two-prong benefit, in that students learn with ease the core concepts and gain reinforcement of this learning through the use of computing and digital design. 

Attendee Requirement:
Bring your own laptop and smartphone

Schedule
8:00AM - 8:30AM - Registration (pick up your name badge)
9:00AM - 9:30AM - Open Remarks
9:30AM - 12:00PM - Session 1
12:00PM - 12:30PM - LUNCH
12:30PM - 4:15PM - Session 2
4:15PM - 5:00PM - Wrap-Up and Student Presentations 
5:00PM - 5:30PM - Final Remarks and Graduation 
==================
Dress Code: Casual

Wear your Name Badge  - All Access Name Badge has a different color
  • Your badge is your meal ticket and collected by the waiter.
Contribution:  Separate registration NOT Included in All-Access Summit Pass
Register at http://ffwn.org/event-2323316

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 or videographer (even as a paid guest) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 

Speaker
avatar for Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →



Wednesday October 25, 2017 8:30am - 5:30pm
Caledon Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:35am

PRE-SUMMIT #2 (concurrent): Musical Coding by Music Notes (separate registration)
Limited Capacity seats available

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP #2: concurrent):
Musical Coding: Turn Up for STEAM by Music Notes (separate registration)
Program is designed to introduce Tween students to STEAM - Science, Math, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. 

8 hour session
Target audience: 9-12 years old Fil-Canadian girls (Tweens) 

Turn Up for STEAM
Program is designed to introduce Tween students will include a workshop of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Art, Math (STEAM) introduction to learn about STEM careers (or disciplines) and computer programming.  

One of a kind STEAM Workshop called Turn Up for STEAM empowers youth with culturally relevant examples where STEM seamlessly integrate; for instance, Hip-Hop, music, science, and math. Our Digital Design component of this program introduces youth to music composition as we walk the youth through the creation process where they are given the tools for transforming their ideas into reality. 

The program will involve youths ages 9-12 to participate in an idea creation and introduction to critical thinking and programming. Our STEAM interventions integrate the collective principles applied in STEM with a focus on computer science and technology as its cornerstone for expressing science, math, and engineering or information technology processes.

The workshop will include the following topics:

  • Bridging Algebra to Hip-Hop mini-concert and hands-on interactive activities
  • Mini-Coding Hackathon where the students will be introduced to computer science principles using a digital design tool; music composition for learning the Python programming language using the EarSketch Platform. 


Intended Outcomes

When it comes to helping our youth to achieve in school and beyond, exposure, situating tools in the culture (i.e., making skills relevant to the real-world), and motivation is crucial. Youth are more likely to engage with programs that they perceive as having clear value, provide earning potential, or advance them toward personal goals. Such learning experiences can boost outcomes for all children by providing personally meaningful and tangible pathways to advance their knowledge and skills.

  • Introduce students to STEM disciplines and careers for the purpose of broadening participation. Our use of culturally relevant tools, particularly Hip-Hop, situates STEM learning, such as math and science, in a way where the student can conceptualize the content. 
  • This provides a two-prong benefit, in that students learn with ease the core subject (reading, math, science) concepts and gain reinforcement of this learning through the use of computing and digital design. 
Schedule
8:00AM - 8:30AM - Registration (pick up your name badge)
9:00AM - 9:30AM - Open Remarks
9:30AM - 12:00PM - Session 1
12:00PM - 12:30PM - LUNCH
12:30PM - 4:15PM - Session 2
4:15PM - 5:00PM - Wrap-Up and Student Presentations 
5:00PM - 5:30PM - Final Remarks and Graduation 

==================
Dress Code: Casual. 

Wear your Name Badge  - All Access Name Badge has a different color
  • Your badge is your meal ticket and collected by the waiter.
Contribution:  Separate registration NOT Included in All-Access Summit Pass
Register at http://ffwn.org/event-2323316

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 or videographer (even as a paid guest) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 


Speaker
avatar for Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →



Wednesday October 25, 2017 8:35am - 5:30pm
Kingsway Intercontinental Toronto Centre

1:00pm

Time Capsule Project: PHOTO Session [by appointment ONLY] [Concurrent]
Time Capsule PHOTO session

- Global100 Awardees (2007-2017) and FWN Board Members who are registered for the All-Access Summit Pass -

Appointment slot will be confirmed upon receipt of your summit registration and travel itinerary. First registration, first served.

Please re-confirm your time slot appointment at the FWN Secretariat (Huron Room) after your hotel check-in and provide us your local cell phone and hotel room number. You may email us your info at fwn100@ffwn.org.

We need your full cooperation so we can fill all time slots as we are held to the videographer and photographer contractual schedules. 
  • Individual Time allotment: 5-10 minutes for photo sessions.
  • Please arrive “camera ready” with your make-up and hairstyle done.  *** We may be able to secure the services of a make-up / hairstylist on-site for a separate fee.  Please advise if you wish to take advantage of this service.  More sign-ups will mean a more reasonable fee. ***
Suggested Attire: 
  • Filipiniana attire suggested or an outfit reflecting your profession (chef, military uniform, lab coat, etc).  If you plan to wear different outfits for your video and photo sessions, please plan accordingly.
  • Please do not wear any dangling jewelry on the ears or neck that may interfere with the audio recording device.
  • Avoid wearing white, bright red, tight patterned clothing or anything reflective.
  • BE ON TIME. Please arrive at the designated location 15 minutes before your schedule so you can feel relaxed and beautiful! Think happy thoughts so you will project your inner beauty.
  • We will be photographing 100 amazing women, it is important that you are prompt to avoid your interview to being shortened or cancelled. 

Financial Contribution:
  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration for Global FWN100™ Awardees.



Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wellington Intercontinental Toronto Centre

2:00pm

Time Capsule Project: VIDEO Session [by appointment ONLY] [Concurrent]
Time Capsule VIDEO session: Wednesday, October 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

- Global100 Awardees (2007-2017) and FWN Board Members who are registered for the All-Access Summit Pass -

Appointment slot will be confirmed upon receipt of your summit registration and travel itinerary. First registration, first served.

Please re-confirm your time slot appointment at the FWN Secretariat (Huron Room) after your hotel check-in and provide us your local cell phone and hotel room number. You may email us your info at fwn100@ffwn.org.

We need your full cooperation so we can fill all time slots as we are held to the videographer and photographer contractual schedules. 
  • Individual Time allotment: 10-15 minutes for video interviews; 5-10 minutes for photo sessions.
  • Please arrive “camera ready” with your make-up and hairstyle done.  *** We may be able to secure the services of a make-up / hairstylist on-site for a separate fee.  Please advise if you wish to take advantage of this service.  More sign-ups will mean a more reasonable fee. ***
Suggested Attire: 
  • Please wear an outfit that represents your profession or industry (chef, military uniform, lab coat, judge’s robes, etc.). You may also choose to wear a Filipiniana outfit. 
  • Please do not wear any dangling jewelry on the ears or neck that may interfere with the audio recording device.
  • Avoid wearing white, bright red, tight patterned clothing or anything reflective.
  • BE ON TIME. Please arrive at the designated location 15 minutes before your schedule so you can feel relaxed and beautiful! Think happy thoughts so you will project your inner beauty.
  • We will be interviewing 100 amazing women, it is important that you are prompt to avoid your interview to being shortened or cancelled. 
  • Interview questions will be based on the nomination information provided to FWN and questions we asked you for the FWN Magazine Souvenir Issue.
  • Keep your answers to the interview questions, short and to-the-point. Think "sound bites."

Financial Contribution:
  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration for Global FWN100™ Awardees.



Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Caledon Intercontinental Toronto Centre

6:00pm

Power MeetUp: with Amazing Canadian Women [NO-HOST]

VENUE: Marché Movenpick
Official address is 181 Bay Street Toronto but we are physically located on the corner of Front, Yonge and Wellington streets. The best address for a taxi would be 10 Front Street West. TTC stations are King and Union Station.

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Get a head start with social networking with FWN Alliance Partners: Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), Founder Institute Canada, local Canadian women and Fil-Canadian professionals and entrepreneurs in a Power MeetUp = Power.Discussion. 

Fast track your summit experience. We will form groups of 5 each for a more intimate gathering. Meet up with 5 other local Canadian women. Your host will be a local Canadian professional or entrepreneur. Find out more about what they're up to. Find out what issues they care about and what life in Canadia is like for career women and entrepreneurs!

 Spice up your networking with a provocative discussion about this year's summit theme -Filipinas in Motion: Advocating. Impacting. Leading.  Here are some discussion questions to spark your lunch: 
  • How long have you lived in Canada?
  • What is your influence on next generation women leaders; on Filipina women leaders? 
  • How does your product or service that you or your company represent impact your local economy (1 example)?
  • How can I support you and your legacy? Exchange contact info and set dates when to connect and how.
  • If you're one who can claim "Been there. Done that." in your career, how would you like to be remembered?
  • Can your group come up with one group ACTION you can share with the big group at the Filipina Summit - DOCUMENT this - elect a Recorder.
  • Select an ACTION Reporter to present your group action at the Filipina Summit on Saturday - 2 minutes to present. So be concise. On point. Be clear.
Pick up your Summit Credentials (name badge, the updated summit schedule, special event tickets, and directions to the venue to meet up with your Team Leader for the Power MeetUp. 

Attire: Business Casual.  Please wear your FWN name badge at all times.
Contribution for Power MeetUp:  No-Host

Board/Steering Committee
avatar for Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
avatar for Gloria T. Caoile

Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →
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 →
avatar for HON Thelma Boac

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 →
LV

Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
MH

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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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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... Read More →
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Amelia

Executive Director, ASEAN UK Business Forum
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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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... Read More →
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, Canada
 
Thursday, October 26
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (hotel guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


Moderator
Thursday October 26, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:00am

Registration #2 (Pick-up your Summit Credentials)
Registration #2 (Pick-up your Summit Credentials) 

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Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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
  4. 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. 

FWN Shuttle 
Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly. 

If you missed the shuttle, take Uber: download the app (before the summit) and apply this link to receive $5 on your first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**The Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** 



Thursday October 26, 2017 7:00am - 7:30am
Wellington Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:45am

Learning Journey #1 Shuttle to George Brown College
7:45 am Board Shuttle

Shuttle Shuttle leaves at 8:00 am promptly.
  Board shuttle bus in front of the entrance of the Intercontinental Toronto Centre

IMPORTANT: Please wear you FWN name badge in order to board shuttle. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder.

Meet your Fellow Attendees and network!

** Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit.

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides. https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

Thursday October 26, 2017 7:45am - 8:00am
Lobby @ Intercon Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:00am

DAY 1 (Oct 26, Thu) Full Schedule: 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit (as of Sept 20)

What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 
place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre

The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is more than a field trip, symposium or forum. It is a Learning Journey which immerses us in the reality and long-range implications of the politics of developing our career and business portfolios. These experiences enable us to deepen, accelerate, and internalize our own learnings about the complexities of how to get ahead, how to assess our current career or business situation, how to advocate for what we want, and a deep understanding of the issues that influence Filipina women globally.

Learning Journeys reflect our conviction that the most powerful learning occurs through interaction and sharing of experiences, visits to sites where business and product innovation happen, and not from books, lectures or speeches. 

Learning Journey #1:
The Globalization and Politics of Food, Wine and Fashion 

The best way to know a culture is through its food, wine and fashion. The quickest way to assess how people live in any country is to check out the restaurants, the grocery stores, the wine and liquor stores and the fashion department stores. It says a lot of about who we are as a global community.

Food has a special significance in the Filipino gobal culture. We have disrupted the palate of the Filipinos in diaspore to adapt to the taste of our adopted countries. We have globalized our Filipino cuisine and re-invented the Filipino taste. We come together for a meal to deepen relationships or to welcome new friends (Kumain ka na ba?). Salo-salo (also spelled salu-salo) is the act of sharing a meal together, to share our life stories, secrets and troubles.  

Salo-salo is also a term for 'celebration'. 'May munting salo-salo po' (We have a small celebration).  We toast special occasions at gatherings using local wine or liquor. We wear our best clothes when we're invited to the salo-salo to be respectful of our hosts and fellow guests.

In this occasion we are celebrating Filipino and Canadian cuisine as defined by celebrated chefs who have served many of the world’s leaders, from princes to presidents both in the U.S. White House and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's residence in Ottawa. Each will show us how easy to prepare their favorite dishes in a culinary demo.

We will learn about the uniqueness of the wines of Ontario from the first Filipina Somellier in Canada. 

We then shuttle over to the George Brown College Fashion Exchange, a fashion hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood to provide a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. Located at 63 Regent Park Blvd., it is a place where immigrants and at-risk youth can receive specialized training to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The Apparel Fit Technician and Industrial Power Sewing programs were developed with George Brown’s School of Fashion, the college's Community Partnerships Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Attendess will be asked to take photos, note notable quotes from speakers, collect arifacts during the day’s learning journeys. to represent their personal observations on the FUTURE SEARCH area representing the 2017 Summit, a Learning Wall of Individual Reflections. 


Learning Journey Agenda (as of Sept 20):

7:45 am - Board shuttle at the entrance of the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.  

8:00 am - Shuttle leaves promptly at 8:00am

8:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome Remarks, Acknowledgments & Summit Weavers.

Welcome Remarks by George Brown College 

  • Marily Mondejar, FWN Founder & CEO
  • Maria Beebe, FWN Board Chair
  • Susie Quesada, FWN President
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, FWN President-Elect and 2017 Summit Chair

9:30 am - Opening Keynote by Maan Hontiveros
Chair, AirAsia Philippines
FWN Board Member
Chair, FWN Executive Advisory Council

10:00 am - Culinary demo

  • White House Executive Chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford will demo Chef Katie Brown Ardington's favorite Canadian dish.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Executive Chef Katie Brown Ardington (invited) will demo Chef Cris Comerford's favorite Filipino dish

11:30 am: “Conversation with Cris and Katie” - a free flowing discussion with a moderator.

  • Challenges, successes and barriers encountered in your careers
  • Food trends to watch in the 21st century. Is Filipino food the next Thai food?
  • Healthy eating: is it possible with emerging on-demand food delivery businesses  
  • Veggie, Vegan, What’s up? Implications on Filipino Canadian diets
  • How to crack that “glass ceiling” Sage advice from 2 women who have

12:30 pm - Lunch and Photo Opportunities

1:30 pm - Wines of Ontario workshop with Filipina Sommelier Arlene Oliveros 

2:15 pm - Closing Acknowledgments from Learning Journey Host and Sponsor and more photo opportunities

2:45 pm - Board shuttle to tour George Brown’s Fashion Exchange 

3:30 pm Learning Journey #2 George Brown’s Fashion Exchange – The Globalization and Politics of Fashion 

5:30 pm - Shuttle back to Intercontinental Toronto Centre

6:00 pm - Afternoon Break

7:00 pm - Welcome Soirée led by Awesome, Fearless Filipina-Canadian Influentials

8:30 pm – Future Search Exercise

9:30 pm - Awards Ceremony Rehearsal

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Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 


About George Brown College
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is committed to delivering passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals through innovative programs in two schools: 
1) Chef School - http://www.georgebrown.ca/chefschool/
2) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/

The fields of hospitality management and culinary arts are always exciting and changing. Th industry are for those who love people, food, wine, and thrive under pressure.

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is set in Toronto - the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada, and located just steps away from the city's top restaurants, bars, hotels and event venues.

Taught by professors who are actively involved in the industry; they will teach you skills that are expected by industry and help you build a network of industry professionals. Some of their programs provide the opportunity to learn and work in our fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs' House.

 

 

 

 


Thursday October 26, 2017 8:00am - 11:00pm
George Brown & Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:30am

9:00am

Welcome to the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit: Summit Weavers

What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 
place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre

The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is more than a field trip, symposium or forum. It is a Learning Journey which immerses us in the reality and long-range implications of the politics of developing our career and business portfolios. These experiences enable us to deepen, accelerate, and internalize our own learnings about the complexities of how to get ahead, how to assess our current career or business situation, how to advocate for what we want, and a deep understanding of the issues that influence Filipina women globally.

Learning Journeys reflect our conviction that the most powerful learning occurs through interaction and sharing of experiences, visits to sites where business and product innovation happen, and not from books, lectures or speeches. 

Learning Journey #1:
The Globalization and Politics of Food, Wine and Fashion 

The best way to know a culture is through its food, wine and fashion. The quickest way to assess how people live in any country is to check out the restaurants, the grocery stores, the wine and liquor stores and the fashion department stores. It says a lot of about who we are as a global community.

Food has a special significance in the Filipino gobal culture. We have disrupted the palate of the Filipinos in diaspore to adapt to the taste of our adopted countries. We have globalized our Filipino cuisine and re-invented the Filipino taste. We come together for a meal to deepen relationships or to welcome new friends (Kumain ka na ba?). Salo-salo (also spelled salu-salo) is the act of sharing a meal together, to share our life stories, secrets and troubles.  

Salo-salo is also a term for 'celebration'. 'May munting salo-salo po' (We have a small celebration).  We toast special occasions at gatherings using local wine or liquor. We wear our best clothes when we're invited to the salo-salo to be respectful of our hosts and fellow guests.

In this occasion we are celebrating Filipino and Canadian cuisine as defined by celebrated chefs who have served many of the world’s leaders, from princes to presidents both in the U.S. White House and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's residence in Ottawa. Each will show us how easy to prepare their favorite dishes in a culinary demo.

We will learn about the uniqueness of the wines of Ontario from the first Filipina Somellier in Canada. 

We then shuttle over to the George Brown College Fashion Exchange, a fashion hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood to provide a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. Located at 63 Regent Park Blvd., it is a place where immigrants and at-risk youth can receive specialized training to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The Apparel Fit Technician and Industrial Power Sewing programs were developed with George Brown’s School of Fashion, the college's Community Partnerships Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Attendess will be asked to take photos, note notable quotes from speakers, collect arifacts during the day’s learning journeys. to represent their personal observations on the FUTURE SEARCH area representing the 2017 Summit, a Learning Wall of Individual Reflections. 

9:00 am - Welcome Remarks, Acknowledgments & Summit Weavers. 

- Welcome Remarks by George Brown College 

  • Marily Mondejar, FWN Founder & CEO
  • Maria Beebe, FWN Board Chair
  • Susie Quesada, FWN President
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, FWN President-Elect and 2017 Summit Chair

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Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 


About George Brown College
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is committed to delivering passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals through innovative programs in two schools: 
1) Chef School - http://www.georgebrown.ca/chefschool/
2) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/

The fields of hospitality management and culinary arts are always exciting and changing. Th industry are for those who love people, food, wine, and thrive under pressure.

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is set in Toronto - the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada, and located just steps away from the city's top restaurants, bars, hotels and event venues.

Taught by professors who are actively involved in the industry; they will teach you skills that are expected by industry and help you build a network of industry professionals. Some of their programs provide the opportunity to learn and work in our fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs' House.

 

 


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
George Brown College

9:30am

OPENING KEYNOTE: "IMAGINE: I've been leading. I've been advocating. I've been impacting the world. Lessons learned from the many forks in the road of my life journey." by Maan Hontiveros
OPENING KEYNOTE:
"IMAGINE: I've been leading. I've been advocating. I've been impacting the world. Lessons learned from the many forks in the road of my life journey."  by Maan Hontiveros

9:30 am - 
Opening Keynote by Maan Hontiveros
Chair, AirAsia Philippines
FWN Board Member
Chair, FWN Executive Advisory Council

Speaker
MH

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 →


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 9:55am
George Brown College

10:00am

Culinary Demo with White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and PM Trudeau's Executive Chef Katie Brown Ardington (invited)

What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 

place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre


Learning Journey #1:
The Globalization and Politics of Food, Wine and Fashion 

Culinary demo

  • White House Executive Chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford will demo Chef Katie Brown Ardinton's favorite Canadian dish.
  • PM Trudeau’s Executive Chef Katie Brown Ardington (invited) will demo Chef Cris Comerford's favorite Filipino dish

In this occasion we are celebrating Filipino and Canadian cuisine as defined by celebrated chefs who have served many of the world’s leaders, from princes to presidents both in the U.S. White House and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's residence in Ottawa. Each will show us how easy to prepare their favorite dishes in a culinary demo.

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Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 


About George Brown College
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is committed to delivering passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals through innovative programs in two schools: 
1) Chef School - http://www.georgebrown.ca/chefschool/
2) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/

The fields of hospitality management and culinary arts are always exciting and changing. Th industry are for those who love people, food, wine, and thrive under pressure.

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is set in Toronto - the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada, and located just steps away from the city's top restaurants, bars, hotels and event venues.

Taught by professors who are actively involved in the industry; they will teach you skills that are expected by industry and help you build a network of industry professionals. Some of their programs provide the opportunity to learn and work in our fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs' House.


Moderator
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 →

Speaker
CC

Cristeta Comerford

Executive Chef, The White House


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
George Brown College

11:30am

Conversations with Cris and Katie: White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and PM Trudeau's Executive Chef Katie Brown Ardington (invited)

What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 

place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre

“Conversation with Cris and Katie” - a free flowing discussion with a moderator.

  • Challenges, successes and barriers encountered in your careers
  • Food trends to watch in the 21st century. Is Filipino food the next Thai food?
  • Healthy eating: is it possible with emerging on-demand food delivery businesses  
  • Veggie, Vegan, What’s up? Implications on Filipino Canadian diets
  • How to crack that “glass ceiling” Sage advice from 2 women who have

=====

Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 



Thursday October 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
George Brown College

12:30pm

1:30pm

Wines of Ontario Experience with Filipina Sommelier Arlene Oliveros

What is a Learning Journey?

A desk is a dangerous 

place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre


We will learn about the uniqueness of the wines of Ontario from the first Filipina Somellier in Canada. 
- Wines of Ontario with Filipina Sommelier Arlene Oliveros 

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Dress Code: (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:00 am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 



Thursday October 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
George Brown College

2:15pm

2:45pm

Learning Journey #2 Shuttle to Fashion Exchange
Shuttle leaves at 2:45 pm promptly.  Board shuttle bus where you got off in the morning at George Brown College

IMPORTANT: Please wear you FWN name badge in order to board shuttle. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder.

Meet your Fellow Attendees and network!

** Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit.

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College Fashion Exchange ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides. https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
George Brown College

3:30pm

Learning Journey #2: The Globalization and Politics of Fashion
Learning Journey II: Fashion Exchange
Hosted by George Brown College

A desk is a dangerous 

place from which
to view the world.
–John LeCarre

The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is more than a field trip, symposium or forum. It is a Learning Journey which immerses us in the reality and long-range implications of the politics of developing our career and business portfolios. These experiences enable us to deepen, accelerate, and internalize our own learnings about the complexities of how to get ahead, how to assess our current career or business situation, how to advocate for what we want, and a deep understanding of the issues that influence Filipina women globally.

Learning Journeys reflect our conviction that the most powerful learning occurs through interaction and sharing of experiences, visits to sites where business and product innovation happen, and not from books, lectures or speeches. 


Learning Journey #2: Fashion Exchange
Hosted by George Brown College

We shuttle over to the George Brown College Fashion Exchange, a fashion hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood to provide a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. Located at 63 Regent Park Blvd., it is a place where immigrants and at-risk youth can receive specialized training to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The Apparel Fit Technician and Industrial Power Sewing programs were developed with George Brown’s School of Fashion, the college's Community Partnerships Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.


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Learning Journey #2: Fashion Exchange AGENDA
Hosted by George Brown College

3:30 - 3:45 pm - Welcome and Acknowledgments: FWN and George Brown College
3:45 - 4:30 pm - Why the Fashion Exchange? “Call to Action – What can we do to support the Canadian Economy?
4:30 - 5:30 pm - Meet instructors and students. Facility Tour and Fashion Demo


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Dress Code:  (PURPLE / PINK) - 
Business Casual in PURPLE or PINK. Purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Pink in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are celebrated in October.  Purple is also FWN's corporate color.

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

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

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit. Meet at the hotel lobby.  Shuttle leaves hotel at 8:15am promptly.  

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to George Brown College ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

**Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder. 


About George Brown College
The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is committed to delivering passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals through innovative programs in two schools: 
1) Chef School - http://www.georgebrown.ca/chefschool/
2) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/

The fields of hospitality management and culinary arts are always exciting and changing. Th industry are for those who love people, food, wine, and thrive under pressure.

The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is set in Toronto - the largest, most vibrant hospitality city in Canada, and located just steps away from the city's top restaurants, bars, hotels and event venues.

Taught by professors who are actively involved in the industry; they will teach you skills that are expected by industry and help you build a network of industry professionals. Some of their programs provide the opportunity to learn and work in our fully functioning restaurant, The Chefs' House.





Thursday October 26, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Fashion Exchange 63 Regent Park Blvd. Toronto, Canada

5:30pm

Learning Journey #2 Shuttle to Intercontinental Toronto Centre
Board shuttle bus where you got off in the morning at Fashion Exchange

IMPORTANT: Please wear you FWN name badge in order to board shuttle. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder.

Meet your Fellow Attendees and network!

** Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** Please wear your FWN name badge at all times.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the full summit.

If you miss the shuttle, take Uber to Intercontinental Toronto Centre ($10-$15 approximately) - download the app and apply this link to receive $5 off first 2 rides. https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 

Thursday October 26, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
George Brown College

7:00pm

Welcome Soirée with Awesome, Fearless Filipina-Canadian Influentials
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.


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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


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
  4. 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 gues) to any of the events without media credentialing approval from FWN. 





Moderator
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 7:00pm - 8:30pm
TBA

8:30pm

Future Search: Honor the Past. Embrace the Present. Imagine the Future.

We will gather to collect our combined experiences to find common ground.
Post on butcher paper plastered around the walls of the ballroom.

The Learning Wall will showcase photos, quotes, and other artifacts gathered  during the Learning Journeys of Thursday, Oct 26, 2017.

Future search
 is a PLANNING MEETING that helps people transform their capability for action very quickly. The meeting is task-focused. 

  • 2007: Focus on the Past
    • Building a Shared Historical Framework (30 years)
  • 2017: Focus on the Present
    • Current Trends: Stakeholder Trends, Prouds and Sorries
    • Understanding the Forces Impacting Filipina Women in the Global Workplace
  • 2027: Focus on the Future
  • Ideal Futures for Filipina Women in the Global workplace
  • Discovering Common Ground on the Future
  • Reality Dialogue
  • Action Planning--Common Future and Direction
  • Filipinas NOW! - Filipina Power 2027
  • Next Steps
  • Closing Circle - Filipina Time Capsule

Moderator
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 →

Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:30pm

IMPORTANT: Awards Rehearsal for 2017 Global FWN100™ and FWN Board Members

IMPORTANT: Awards Rehearsal for 2017 Global FWN100™ and FWN Board Members

Do NOT miss this rehearsal. We will review the awards process, guidelines for your acceptance speech, awards presenters, and what to do during the Gala Awards Ceremony. 

Awardees will sit in rounds according to their Award Category:
  1. Behind the Scenes Leaders - Mary Bautista, Group Facilitator
  2. Builders 
  3. Emerging Leaders 
  4. Founders & Pioneers - Joji Ilagan Bian, Group Facilitator
  5. Innovators & Thought Leaders  - Anna-KArina Tabunar, Group Facilitator
  6. "Nicole" and Keepers of the Flame
  7. Policymakers & Visionaries

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Dress Code: comfortable clothing (pajama, caftan, lounging clothes, etc). Please wear your name badge so you can identify each other

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

Moderator
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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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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... 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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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 →

Board/Steering Committee
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... Read More →
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre
 
Friday, October 27
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (Hotel Guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


Moderator
Friday October 27, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:00am

Registration #3 (Pick-up your Summit Credentials); FWN Brand Items and Ticket Sales
Registration #3 (Pick-up your Summit Credentials) 

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Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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
  4. 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. 




Friday October 27, 2017 7:00am - 2:30pm
Lower Lobby Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:30am

Networking Breakfast
Friday October 27, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:30am

Plenary and General Sessions: FILIPINAS IN MOTION: LEADING. ADVOCATING. IMPACTING.
Plenary:
FILIPINAS IN MOTION: LEADING. ADVOCATING. IMPACTING.

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
  • Ms. Eve Rotstein, Area Director, Southeast Asia, Ministry of International Trade (invited)
  • Ms. Shirley Philips, Ontario Deputy Minister of International Trade (invited)
KEYNOTE:
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder & 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
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury, Country Manager, Authentix; President Elect, FWN
  • Francine Maigue, Face of Global Power, FWN

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 Journeys #1 and #2 

  • Marily Mondejar
  • Susie Quesada
  • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury
  • Francine Maigue

FULL SCHEDULE 
Plenary Sessions

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


Agenda:
  • 7:00-8:15 am - 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

- Ms. Eve Rotstein, Area Director, Southeast Asia, Ministry of International Trade (invited)

- Ms. Shirley Philips, Ontario Deputy Minister of International Trade (invited)
  • 10:45 am: 
- Summit Keynote: Filipinas in Motion: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. 
by Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder & CEO, care.com
  • 11:15 am - Break
  • 11:30 am - Speaker Panel: 
Make Me A Millionaire Conversation: FWN and OWIT entrepreneurs with Sheila Marcelo
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Speaker Panel:
FWN and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Transforming the World moderated by Dr. Maria Beebe
  • 2:00 pm - Break and Photo Opportunities
  • 2:30 pm - Free Time
  • 5:30 pm - Green Room for Global FWN100 Awardees
  • 6:30 pm - VIP Reception 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 
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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




Moderator
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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

8:35am

RECAP: Learning Journeys - Customers of the Future by Summit Weavers
RECAP: Learning Journeys #1 and #2 
Customers of the Future

The Globalization and Politics of Food, Wine and Fashion


"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world."--John LeCarre

Summit Weavers Recap and Reports: business observations, fact-finding mission results, and long-range implications of these economies The Learning Journeys developed for the Customers of the Future meeting offer a rich array of experiences, company visits, and conversations emblematic of changing customer relationships and the new (or transformed) business models emerging in response.

We will explore the question -
Has the customer changed, or is it our understanding of the customer that has changed? -- Chris Riley, Wieden & Kennedy

We'll have a first-hand look at the customers, producers, and purveyors of the future which will set the stage for subsequent conversations designed to deepen our understanding of the causes, manifestations, and implications of changing customer relationships. Among the topics we will discuss in small groups: the future of brands, value webs, global youth, the particularity of desire, the digital divide, and why companies still don’t get it!

Who will be the “customers of the future?” What will they want? And how will businesses construct relationships with them that are satisfying, meaningful, and ultimately profitable? 
Attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will explore one of the following discussion topics during the Learning Journey and report their findings at the end of the day, when we gather for dinner:
  1. Changing customer relationships - Christine Amour-Levar
  2. New realities and most compelling hypotheses about the customer of the future - Karen Batungbakal
  3. Most compelling changes and corporate tools for capitalizing on opportunities - Paulette Liu
  4. Key insights about emergent changes, their significance, and the implications for  ompanies. - Maan Hontiveros

We will create a Learning Wall & Individual Reflections
The Learning Wall will showcase photos, quotes, and other artifacts gathered during the day’s learning journeys. Participants will share their personal observations. 


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Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a change of clothes in case you want to freshen up at one of our stops during our Learning Journey.

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
  4. 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. 





Speaker
avatar for Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
FM

Francine Maigue

District Director, California State Assembly
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 8:35am - 9:00am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:00am

KEYNOTE: State of the Philippine Economy by Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado
Limited Capacity seats available

State of the Philippines Economy

Ms. Nora K. Terrado
Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotion of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, FWN Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Awardee
Ms. Terrado recently chaired the  ASEAN  Women's Business Conference which  dealt with the theme "Women Leading Change" where  efforts are  made  to create a gender responsive ASEAN Economic community that would  strengthen the role of women including increased access to finance and  the role of the private sector  in industry and trades. 

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Dress Code: Business. 

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
  4. 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. 

FWN Shuttle 
**The Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** 

If you missed the shuttle, take Uber: download the app (before the summit) and apply this link to receive your first FREE ride - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 




Speaker
avatar for Nora Terrado

Nora Terrado

Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of the Philippines


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 9:20am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:20am

KEYNOTE: State of the Canadian Economy by Ontario Ministry of International Trade Deputy Minister Shelley Phillips
Limited Capacity seats available

State of the Canadian Economy

Ontario Ministry of International Trade Deputy Minister Shelley Phillips


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Dress Code: Business. 

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
  4. 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. 





Friday October 27, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:40am

CONVERSATIONS: Philippines-Canada Trade Cooperation
CONVERSATIONS: Philippines-Canada Trade Cooperation

Proposed Discussants: 

  • Ambassador Petronila Garcia – Feminist Assistance Policy of Trudeau Government and Impact on Philippines
  • USEC Nora K. Terrado – Key Take-aways from the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference
  • Ontario Ministry of International Trade Deputy Minister Philipps – Canada’s Policy on Diversity and Inclusive Growth 
  • OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) INIVTED: Joy Nott, Susan Baka and Anita Agrawal -  What it takes to be successful in the international trade profession
  • TFO – Mary Heather White – Canadian International Trade Assistance Program  

Moderated by :
Senior Trade Commissioner Maria Roseni Alvero, Trade Office, Philippine Consulate General Toronto

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Dress Code: Business. 

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
  4. 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. 


Moderator
avatar for Nini Alvero

Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada

Speaker
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Anita Agrawal

CEO & Designer, Best Bargains
Professor, School of Business, Centennial College
PP

Petronila P. Garcia

Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia | | She is the first woman ambassador to Canada. She is a career diplomat who previously served as ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt with concurrent jurisdiction over Sudan (2004-2007) and ambassador to Israel (2007-2011). Prior to her assignment to Canada, she had been designated as the assistant secretary for Middle East and African Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA... Read More →
SP

Shelley Phillips

Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of International Trade
avatar for Nora Terrado

Nora Terrado

Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of the Philippines
MH

Mary Heather White

TFO - Canadian International Trade Assistance Program


Friday October 27, 2017 9:40am - 10:30am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

10:30am

Break
Friday October 27, 2017 10:30am - 10:40am
TBA

10:45am

KEYNOTE: Sheila Lirio Marcelo
KEYNOTE:
Sheila Lirio Marcelo is a Filipino-American entrepreneur. She is the Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care.
  • What are the effective ways for women to LEAD?
  • How do women create the most IMPACT?
  • What moves women to ADVOCATE?
  • Developing next generation leaders: how do we accelerate our talent pipeline?
  • What's next for my company, myself and actions you can take?

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Dress Code: Business. 

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
  4. 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. 

FWN Shuttle 
**The Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only.** 

If you missed the shuttle, take Uber: download the app (before the summit) and apply this link to receive your first FREE ride - https://www.uber.com/invite/uberFWN 




Speaker
SL

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Led by Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Chairwoman, CEO & Founder of Care.Com ; Top 10 Women Entrepreneur awarded by Fortune, and Member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

11:15am

Make Me A Millionaire: Social and entrepreneurial breakthroughs with Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Make Me A Millionaire: Entrepreneurship breakthroughs
Taking an idea to success: is it a disrupter or sustainer?

Speakers:
  • Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care USA
  • Select entrepreneurs from OWIT (Organization for Women in Trade)
  • Myrna Yao, Founder, CEO, Richprime Global Inc, leading distributor of branded children’s products and tires in the Philippines
  • Rowena Romulo, Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited, London, United Kingdom

The “Make Me a Filipina Millionaire” is a signature FWN women entrepreneurship thought leadership session focused on the business side of the quintessential Pinay. Filipina Millionaires who have shared their stories in previous sessions include Loida Nicolas Lewis, Angelica Berrie, Maria Banatao, Sherri Burke, Zeny Cunanan, and Lita Abele, Nimfa Gamez, Cora Alisuag. Dr. Tess Mauricio, and others in finance, real estate, healthcare, personal services and manufacturing.

Are our Filipina women entrepreneurs business disrupters or sustainers? Our millionaires will engage in a bold conversation on becoming millionaires, how they did it, sustain it and own their success without the guilt yet sharing their prosperity with those who need it. Attendees will leave the session feeling proud of our Filipina sisters who took action on their ideas.

• A disruptive innovation helps create a new market and value network which eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology, product or service. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically first by designing for a different set of consumers in a new market and later by lowering prices in the existing market. (E.g., the lower priced Ford Model T or the iPhone) 

• In contrast, a sustaining innovation does not create new markets or value networks but rather only evolves existing ones with better value allowing firms within a market to compete against each other's sustaining improvements. 

SESSION DESCRIPTION: The Conversation will begin with a moderator’s overview of what entrepreneurial legacy means, how Filipina women entrepreneurs create change through their businesses, the roles they play in the workplace, and how they have created a global imprint. 

As Asian entrepreneurs extend their international reach, the next chapter is the rise of Asian women businesses and brands. As the benefits of branding grow ever-more clear,Asian companies are investing heavily in strengthening their brand equity. Brand development not only poses difficult challenges for Asian-owned firms, but has apotentially huge impact on consumer choice in the U.S. and worldwide. For many Asian companies looking to expand their reach, brand equity is the new must-have asset.

The selected speakers will provide their perspectives on any of the following questions:

  • How did you reach your first million (US dollars and Philippine pesos)? How do you sustain it?

  • What inspired you to start your business? What’s your business legacy? What’s your  market reach? 

  • What’s your business brand? How do you strengthen your brand equity? What’s your global imprint?

  • What’s one memorable challenge and how did you solve it?

  • What’s one success you’re proud of and how did you make it happen?

  • How would you differentiate your path to success from your fellow entrepreneurs?

  • Do gender and cultural diversity play a role in your successes and pains? If so, how? If not, why not?

  • Identify one most important resource or factor that gave you the most advantage or disadvantage in setting up and sustaining your business or practice.

  • Did you have a femtor; a sponsor? What’s one memorable advice you received?

  • How do you share your prosperity?

  • How will you inspire new Filipina entrepreneurs today? 

  • If you had to do it again, what would one thing you would do differently? What’s the future for you?

  • How would you like FWN partner with you?

FORMAT:  Filipina Women's Network uses a fishbowl discussion format ala "The View" television program.  Instead of speaking directly to the audience, we encourage speakers to have a "conversation" among themselves with the audience "listening in".  A volunteer will collect audience questions on index cards and will hand these questions to the Moderator so they can be incorporated into the conversation.  We have found the fishbowl to be fun, engaging, and does not disrupt the conversation flow as well as being time efficient especially in managing duplicate questions.

Conversationalists are encouraged to look outside the traditional world of work and business and at the broader issues and external forces (STEEP: social, technological, economic, environmental, political) that influence the workplace and the Filipino community today and its impact in the next ten years. Looking to the future, outside-in thinking. The Moderator will reserve 10-15 minutes of the allotted time so attendees will be able to synthesize the issues and/or comments raised by the conversationalists and can have a discussion among themselves. We will then ask each group to voluntarily report back with a 1-2 minute Action Statement.

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

  • What’s one key take-away? Why?

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Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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
  4. 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. 


Moderator
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 →

Speaker
SL

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Led by Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Chairwoman, CEO & Founder of Care.Com ; Top 10 Women Entrepreneur awarded by Fortune, and Member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
avatar for Myrna Tang Yao

Myrna Tang Yao

President and CEO, Richprime Global Inc. and Richwell Trading Corporation



Friday October 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

12:15pm

Networking Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday October 27, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

1:00pm

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

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?

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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. 


Moderator
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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 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

2:00pm

Speakers, VIPs and Attendees Group Photo Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

Photo sessions with speakers, VIP guests and attendees

Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

2:30pm

Time Capsule Project: PHOTO Session #2 [by appointment ONLY]
PHOTO SESSIONS 

- Global100 Awardees (2007-2017), FWN Board Members, FWN Members who are registered for the All-Access Summit Pass -

Appointment slot will be confirmed upon receipt of your summit registration and travel itinerary. First registration, first served.

Please re-confirm your time slot appointment at the FWN Secretariat after your hotel check-in and provide us your local cell phone and hotel room number. You may email us your info at fwn100@ffwn.org.

We need your full cooperation so we can fill all time slots as we are held to the videographer and photographer contractual schedules.

  • Individual Time allotment: 10-15 minutes for video interviews; 5-10 minutes for photo sessions.

  • Please arrive “camera ready” with your make-up and hairstyle done.  *** We may be able to secure the services of a make-up / hairstylist on-site for a separate fee.  Please advise if you wish to take advantage of this service.  More sign-ups will mean a more reasonable fee. ***

Suggested Attire:

  • Filipiniana attire suggested or an outfit reflecting your profession (chef, military uniform, lab coat, etc).  If you plan to wear different outfits for your video and photo sessions, please plan accordingly.

  • Please do not wear any dangling jewelry on the ears or neck that may interfere with the audio recording device.c

  • Avoid wearing white, bright red, tight patterned clothing or anything reflective.

  • Be ON TIME. Please arrive at the designated location 15 minutes before your schedule so you can feel relaxed and beautiful! Think happy thoughts so you will project your inner beauty.

  • We will be interviewing 100 amazing women, it is important that you are prompt to avoid your interview to being shortened or cancelled. 

  • Interview questions will be based on the nomination information provided to FWN and questions we asked you for the FWN Magazine Souvenir Issue.

  • Keep your answers to the interview questions, short and to-the-point. Think "sound bites."

Financial Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration for Global FWN100™ Awardees.



Friday October 27, 2017 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Niagara Intercontinental Toronto Centre

2:30pm

Make-Up Room - session by appointment ONLY
Limited Capacity seats available

We plan to secure several hair and make-up artists to help awardees get ready for the Gala Awards. If you are interested, please email FWN100@ffwn.org SUBJECT: Makeup appointment.

We won't know the fee until we can secure a number of interested parties so we can negotiate the per person fee. 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: This is a courtesy service from FWN. FWN does not make any money on the makeup session. You will pay the makeup artist directly + approprate tip.

Friday October 27, 2017 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Wellington Intercontinental Toronto Centre

5:30pm

Green Room for Global FWN100™ Awardees ONLY

  • Individual and Group Photo Sessions

  • Gather for Ceremonial Procession to Ballroom


Board/Steering Committee
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... 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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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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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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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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... Read More →
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Niagara Intercontinental Toronto Centre

5:30pm

REGISTRATION: VIP Reception & Global100™ Awards Gala
VIP Reception: pick up VIP wristbands and VIP Table Seating Cards

Awards Gala and Ceremony: pick up Table Seating Cards 

Friday October 27, 2017 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Lower Lobby Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

6:30pm

VIP Reception (by invitation only) - special badge required
Limited Capacity seats available

Power networking with VIP guests, sponsors, FWN Board Members and 2017 Global FWN100 Awardees 

Speaker
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... Read More →

Board/Steering Committee
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... 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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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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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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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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ontario Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:15pm

Global FWN100™ 2017 Gala Awards Ceremony, Dinner and Dancing
Dress Code:
Strictly Formal: Filipina National Attire/Long Gown; Barong Tagalog, Black Tie
  • 5:30 PM: Niagara Room - Green Room for Awardees ONLY. 
Global FWN100™ Awardees start gathering at the Niagara Room for Formal Group Photos
  • 6:30 PM: Ontario room. VIP Reception, by invitation ONLY
Global FWN100™ Awardees move to Ontario Room for VIP Reception
  • 6:00 PM: Invited guests start arriving at Foyer of The Ballroom to pick up their Table Seating Cards. No-Host Reception. Media Wall for photo opportunities
  • 7:15 PM:
    • The Ballroom Doors Open to Guests to be seated
  • 7:30 PM: 
    • Ceremonial Procession: All Awardees enter The Ballroom. Photo opportunities.
  • 8:00 PM: Welcome and Acknowledgement
  • 8:15 PM: Dinner served
  • 9:30 PM: Awards Program Begins
  • 11:30 PM: Dessert. Coffee and Dancing


Moderator
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →

Board/Steering Committee
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... 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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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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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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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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... Read More →
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 7:15pm - Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00am
The Ballroom Intercontinental Toronto Centre
 
Saturday, October 28
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (hotel guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


Moderator
Saturday October 28, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:30am

Networking Breakfast
Saturday October 28, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:30am

Registration #3 (FWN Brand Items and TVM Tickets Sales)
Registration for All-Access Summit Attendee 
  • Please wear your FWN name badge (at all times); badge required for entry to special events 

Attire: - Business Casual


Saturday October 28, 2017 7:30am - 5:00pm
Lower Lobby Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

8:30am

Summit Weavers: Our Journey so far . . . .
Limited Capacity seats available

Summit Weavers: Our Journey so far . . . .how does this relate to FWN's vision - Pinay Power 2020 - mission and goals.

How's our Future Search Learning Wall meaningful for you?

Moderator
avatar for Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
FM

Francine Maigue

District Director, California State Assembly
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 →
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:00am

Make Me A Filipina CEO: being corporate savvy to get to the C-Suite
Make Me A Filipina CEO 
  • Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson, IT Managing Director, Charles Schwab, Sa Francisco USA
  • Caroline Enriquez, President and CEO, Our Lady of Fatima University Philippines
  • Mary Ann Gamboa, Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • 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
  • Maria Cristina "Bea" Go, President, BPI Family Savings Bank, Philippines
Moderator: Bea Tan, Head of Consumer Banking, Citibank Indonesia

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.  

Moderator
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Bea Tan

Consumer Country Business Manager, Citi

Speaker
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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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cristina Layug Go

Maria Cristina Layug Go

President, BPI Family Savings Bank
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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 →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →


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

9:50am

Run Filipina Run: Filipina Women for Political Equity
Filipina women in public office is dismal. What can we do? How do we educate and encourage women to run for public office?  How do we build our talent pipeline? Can we make this a global campaign?

Meet the Filipina women who have run for office, as well as those who support or train women to run for office, and get all the information you need to decide whether you want to run.

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


  • Who should I persuade to run for political office? How do I ask her?

  • Shouild I run for office?




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

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration. 

Moderator
avatar for Gloria T. Caoile

Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Hon. Cynthia Alcantara Barker

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 →
avatar for HON Thelma Boac

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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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:50am - 10:35am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

10:45am

Filipina Women in the Diaspora: How Women Lead; How Women Actively Support the Sisterhood
Filipina Women in the Diaspora:
How Women Lead; How Women Actively Support the Sisterhood
Filipina GLOBAL Leaders Discussion & Action
This is a very informal Kwentuhan session (a la "The View") among kindred spirits on civic engagement, public service, social and political action. We’d like the discussion to incorporate the summit theme and the attendees to leave inspired with an action item of what they can do to get more engaged in the community.

The Global Leaders Panel will discuss and formulate actions on how we, as a leadership group, can shape and move the Filipina Women's Global Agenda on the issues impacting women. We will break out into small sessions after the keynote and come together again for each group's Action Items Report.

Awardees 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
  • KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - Challenging the status quo is a significant motivator in the Filipina diaspora. How do you challenge? How did you challenge?

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Dress Code: Business Casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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
  4. 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. 


Moderator
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

11:15am

#3 Concurrent Session - Cultural Legacy: Gender Equality as an Investment & Retirement Concept
Limited Capacity seats available


  • Women constitute half the world’s population

  • Perform nearly two-thirds of its work hours

  • Receive one-tenth of the world’s income

  • Own less than one-hundredth of the world’s property.


U.N. Report, 1971
Join the conversation on leveraging investing as a powerful means to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace and beyond.

Do we have a "Pobrecita mentality"? What is the Filipina culture in investments, savings, managing money? Why are we willing to send $$$ to our relatives in our home country but not enabling them to save? With pay inequity, how financially ready are we for retirement? What are our culture patterns? 

Gender Equality as an Investment Concept
There is a strong consensus among international development experts that the status and role of women is the best clue to a nation’s growth potential. Similarly, there is now substantial evidence that the status and role of women may be an excellent clue to a company’s growth potential as well – that the best companies, and therefore the best investments, are those that take advantage of the talents, ideas and contributions of half of the world’s population. Numerous studies have shown that companies that empower and advance women – e.g., through gender diversity on boards and in upper management – are likely to reap the benefits in terms of improved profitability and performance1. Eliminating gender inequality and empowering women are finally being recognized, on a global basis, for what they are – urgent moral and economic imperatives. This is as true for businesses and investors as it is for broader economies. Gender equality is fast becoming an investment concept.

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

  • Do I have a cultural issue in planning my financial portfolio? What’s the one thing I can do when I leave the summit?




Dress Code: Business; please wear your FWN name badge at all times

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

IMPORTANT: Please wear you FWN name badge in order to board shuttle. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder.

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the Full-Access Summit. ** Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only. 

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Ontario Intercontinental Toronto Centre

11:15am

#1 Concurrent Session - Personal Legacy: My Portfolio
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a job or do you have a career? You have a job if you’re “doing” and you don’t feel like you’re achieving. You have a career if what you do creates a path of where you want to be at a particular time frame.

This is where you begin - developing your legacy by creating your My Personal Portfolio, the foundation for your professional career. 

Attendees will learn the nine components of creating My Personal Portfolio. 

1)   Your image on print -
  • a fantastic Resume that describes what you’ve done the last 10 years

  • a Bio that describes your professional accomplishments, volunteer work and potential in 500 words
2)   Your elevator pitch – crafting a 20-second compelling statement that describes you who you are and what you do (brief and persuasive)

3)   Your image online –
  • Professional headshot

  • Action shot

  • Social Media – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
4)   Your professional image –
  • Finding an image consultant

  • Dressing to Influence


5)   Your professional network –



  • Professional organizations you join

  • Volunteerism



6)   Your network of mentors – expanding your world; how to ask



  • Your Advisory Board - multiple femtors and mentors to guide and advice on achieving your career goals

  • Your Allies



7)   Your network of sponsors – opening doors to the world you imagine



  • Landing an advocate – someone who’s senior in your organization who will advocate on your behalf for development and promotion opportunities

  • Your Advocates



8)   Your professional and lifestyle coach/es



  • Helping you make sense of your career and personal desires

  • Looking out for you ONLY



9)   Speed Femtoring – this is where you launch your professional network



The Moderator will reserve 10-15 minutes of the allotted time so attendees will be able to synthesize the issues and/or comments raised by the conversationalists and can have a discussion among themselves. We will then ask each group to voluntarily report back with a 1-2 minute Action Statement.

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

  • What’s lacking in my portfolio? What’s the one thing I can do when I leave the summit?



Dress Code: Business; please wear your FWN name badge at all times

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration

IMPORTANT: Please wear you FWN name badge in order to board shuttle. Your name badge color will identify you as a Full-Access Summit Pass Holder.

Transportation shuttle provided if you are registered for the Full-Access Summit. ** Shuttle is exclusively for Full-Access Summit Pass Holders only. 


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Niagara Intercontinental Toronto Centre

12:15pm

(working lunch) Pinay Talks: Extraordinary Voices - The Filipina in Diaspora
Pinay Talks: Extraordinary Voices 
Short, powerful stories about our personal or professional lives.  

The Filipina Diaspora - the power of telling our professional stories. Global FWN100™ Awardees share their passion for issues important to women.

Previous attendees have found this session meaningful and provides a foundation for new friendships.  

Speakers and Topics include: 

How Disability transformed the way I work and live
Anna-Karina Tabunar
Director-Producer
Talent Untapped, Street Media Inc. CANADA
2017-09-02 19:35:17

My New ROI : Impact of  My Business in the Community
Sharing my realization why my new return on investment is the impact of my business in the community. How engaging in various advocacies and volunteer work close to one's authentic self has opened my life to new meaning.
Nikki  Tang
Chief Executive Officer
DMark Beauty Corporation PHILIPPINES
2017-08-30 20:26:59

(IMPACTING)
What Filipina Women Can Do To Get That Elusive Seat At The Leadership Table
Being a trailblazer in the field of medicine. Improving the quality of life of Filipino women.
Jennifer Jose MD
Urogynecologist & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon
Aesthetic Gynecologist
St. Lukes Medical Center PHILIPPINES
A deported alien, mother of 4 who went to law school and founded her own law firm
Sharing my experience that through education you can prevail over untimely marriage, raising 4 children, working, and a devastating deportation order - and compete, survive and thrive in the competitive legal field in California.
Claire Espina
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Edelberg & Espina, APLC USA
2017-08-19 00:42:30

How To Be a High Value Filipina Woman
What is a high value woman of today? What Filipina cultural traits can we leverage to showcase our uniqueness and value to others? How to engage, connect, win people over to influence, lead, and be a valuable human asset in any area of your professional and personal endeavors.
Mary Bautista
Business Architect
Kaiser Permanente USA
2017-08-16 20:05:16

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Attire:  Business casual.

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

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration.  

Speaker
avatar for Claire Navarro Espina

Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... Read More →
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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →

Board/Steering Committee
avatar for Elizabeth Bautista

Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
avatar for Gloria T. Caoile

Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →
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 →
avatar for HON Thelma Boac

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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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 →
MB

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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
avatar for Shirley Raguindin

Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
avatar for Susie Quesada

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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
avatar for Isabelita

Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

1:00pm

Smart.Young.Unintimidated. Next Generation Leaders. Yes. We. Are. | Our future. Our footprint. Our social good. NOW.
Limited Capacity seats available

A provocative discussion from our emerging leaders on Topics Du Jour for Next Generation Filipinas. Technology Lives: Smart Phone.Twitter.Facebook.Instagram.LinkedIn.

What issues are important to young Pinays? What would the world look like when Millenials take over the world? 
  • Good Taste Knows No Boundaries

  • C-Suite is not for me

  • A Whole New World: our future. our footprint. for social good. NOW.

  • Sense and Sensibilities

  • Must.Have.Some

SPEAKERS:
  • Claire Aquino Quito, Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd., Budapest, HUNGARY
  • Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, NORWAY
  • Kristina Laranjo Alabado,  President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc., PHILIPPINES 

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

How are the millenials changing the world?

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

  • Do I have a cultural issue in planning my financial portfolio? What’s the one thing I can do when I leave the summit?

Dress Code: Business casual; please wear your FWN name badge at all times

Contribution:  Included in All-Access Summit Pass registration



Speaker
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

3:15pm

Pinay Speed Femtoring with Global FWN100™ Awardees
Pinay Speed Femtoring 

READY . . . GET SET . . . FEMTOR ! ! !
Global FWN100™ Speed Femtor 100 Young Pinay Femtees / Protégés

Moderators will facilitate this awesome and popular panel - one of the highlights of the Summit - femtoring next generation leaders by the Global FWN100 Awardees.

After the Pinay Speed Femtoring, FEMtorMatch gurus, will walk you through the FEMtorMatch website so you can sign up as a FEMtee and be matched with a FEMtor to continue an official femtoring partnership to guide your professional career.

FWN's 7th year of building the pipeline next generation of Pinay leaders. Pinay Speed Femtoring is a learning event at which femtees / protégés can ask the Global FWN100™ Awardees (AKA Femtors) the "everything-you've-always-wanted-to-know-but-didn't-know-whom-to-ask" questions. Femtees will have the opportunity to interact with Femtors during the course of the session by moving to different topic tables every 15 minutes.

Advance sign-up is required for Femtees so you will be able to indicate, in advance, the areas in which you would most like to give (if you're a Femtor) or receive (if you're a Femtee) advice.

There will be no time for drop-in participants. No registrations at-the-door.


FREE for FEMtees to attend if nominated by a Femtor FWN100™ Awardee and/or awardee): 
To sign up as a FEMTEE to participate at the Speed Femtoring session, go to www.filipinasummit.org


Moderator
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Francine Maigue

District Director, California State Assembly

Board/Steering Committee
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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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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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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 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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Attendee
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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... Read More →
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Marcelina "Ace" Itchon

President & CEO, Aspen Philippines Inc.
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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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Bambi Lorica

President, Transpacific Asia
Bambi Lorica, MD, FAAP is a holistic pediatrician, community advocate and lyric soprano. Subspecializing in energy medicine , she is currently a fellow in Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and is a member of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine. As a physician entrepreneur she has internationalized the standards of a medical company providing emergency medical and transport services in the Philippines.She co-produced the critically and internationally acclaimed film... Read More →
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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... Read More →
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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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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 →
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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Nora Terrado

Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of the Philippines
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 5:00pm
The Ballroom Intercontinental Toronto Centre

4:30pm

Closing KEYNOTE
If we're half the sky, how do we change the world as Filipina women?  A dialogue among awardees on how we as Filipina women make a global impact.  Speakers will have a chance to address global issues posed by our world today and how we can resolve these issues as Filipina leaders.

Speaker
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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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

5:00pm

Summit Weaver 3: Our Journey almost ends . . .
Limited Capacity seats available

Post last thoughts as we almost end our time together.

Post thoughts about FWN's Filipina Women Against Violence Campaign.

How do I take this information back to my home, workplace and community?

Moderator
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Francine Maigue

District Director, California State Assembly
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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 →

Saturday October 28, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre

6:30pm

REGISTRATION: The Vagina Monologues

VIP Tickets:
pick up VIP wristbands and VIP Seating

General Admission: open seating



Saturday October 28, 2017 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Lower Lobby Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

6:30pm

Registration #4 (FWN Brand Items and TVM Tickets Sales)
Registration for All-Access Summit Attendee 
  • Please wear your FWN name badge (at all times); badge required for entry to special events 

Attire: - Business Casual


Saturday October 28, 2017 6:30pm - 11:30pm
Lower Lobby Foyer Intercontinental Toronto Centre

7:30pm

Filipina Women Against Violence: The Vagina Monologues

Since 2003, Filipina Women's Network has convened the production of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and help STOP violence against Filiina women and girls.

Violence against women takes shape in a multitude of forms including domestic violence, stalking, rape, sexual assault, the trafficking of women and children, date rape, verbal abuse, harassment and hate crimes. 
 
Join the chorus of voices around the WORLD, as we say "NO" to violence against Women of Color.  Bring your grandmother, your mother, your wife, your aunt, your sister, your daughter, your niece, your friend.  Empower them.  Free them.  Bring the men in your lives, too.  Let us all help stop the madness.

The Filipina Women's Network advocates for an education campaign to raise awareness about the violence being perpetrated against Women. Consider the following statistics:

  • 41 – 61% of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 

    Source: A. Raj and J. Silverman, Intimate partner violence against South-Asian women in Greater Boston Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association.
  • 56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate in a study interviewing 143 women. 

    Source: Yoshihama M, Bybee D, Dabby C, Blazevski J. Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipino, Indian and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 2011.
  • 5,200 – 7,800 Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise the largest group of people trafficked into the U.S., out of an estimated total of 14,500-17,500 individuals trafficked in 2004.

    Source: U.S. Department of Justice. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • 68% of Filipinas and 50% of Indian and Pakistani women reported being stalked by an intimate partner.


Source: Yoshihama M, Bybee D, Dabby C, Blazevski J. Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipino, Indian and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 2011.

  • Research shows that children who witness domestic violence show more anxiety, low self esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems than their peers. They are at greater risk for abuse and neglect as children and to become abusers themselves as adults. 

    Family Violence Prevention Fund. Fact Sheet: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. San Francisco, CA: Author; (n.d.).

Statistics from: Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence




https://filipinawomensnetwork.org/vday-fwn-against-violence/

Moderator
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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 →

Board/Steering Committee
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Elizabeth Bautista

Group Leader, Operations Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Bautista leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and... Read More →
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Gloria T. Caoile

National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance- Nevada
Gloria Caoile is a recognized civic leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, the only national organization dedicated to nurturing and developing leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She was also a founding member of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance... 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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Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M.

Attorney, Valensi Rose PLC
Jacqueline D. Yu has broad-based experience in trusts and estates, tax, and business law. Her clients include high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, whom she advises on estate, tax and business succession planning, entity formation, trademark and brand licensing, asset protection, tax controversy, trust and probate administration and probate litigation. Her experience at law and accounting firms and the judiciary provides her with a comprehensive understanding of her... Read More →
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Leonor Vintervoll

Owner, ASEAN World International
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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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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 →
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Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves

Clinic Manager, Surrey Hearing Care, Inc.
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Nini Alvero

Trade Commissioner, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada
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Shirley Raguindin

Chief Diversity Officer, National Guard Bureau
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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 →
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Tess C Martillano-Manjares

Head - International Technology Operational Risk Management & Compliance, Wells Fargo

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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

President and CEO, US Lumber, Inc.
As President and CEO of the South Jersey-based, family-owned lumber supplier U.S. Lumber, Inc. Isabelita Abele has successfully “gone against the grain” and positioned her certified ‘woman’ and ‘minority- owned’ lumber and building materials company as a regional leader in industry sales. She represents the best of success in American Diversity as she breaks the barriers of the glass ceiling and opens opportunities for Filipino women and men in America... Read More →
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Cherry Pua Africa

Managing Director, World Stage International Network
Cherry Pua-Africa is an international keynote speaker, author, coach and the Founder and Master Transformation Rockstar of the World Stage. She is a thought leader in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership, Sales, Personal Empowerment and Communication, She is one of the most widely followed transformation coaches in Asia, having helped over 300,000 individuals... Read More →
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Kristina Laranjo Alabado

President, Partners Group Prime Services Solutions (Phils.), Inc.
Kristina heads Partners Group's Manila office, which opened in September 2016. She is responsible for building up Partners Group’s new services hub and focuses on fostering company culture and ensuring service quality is upheld. Prior to relocating to the Philippines last year, Kristina spent the past 11 years of her career in Singapore. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked in Partners Group Singapore, where she rose up the ranks from an analyst to becoming the leader of a team responsible for client reporting and servicing. There, she had the chance to develop her leadership skills and also spearheaded cross-department projects and initiatives. Prior to that, Kristina held roles focused on research, writing and corporate communications. Outside of work, Kristina gives back to the community through her Christmas outreach program, which serves poor families in a farming community. Kristina holds a BS in Economics from the University of the Philippines... 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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Joji Ilagan Bian

Chairman, Joji Ilagan International Schools, Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc.
Joji Ilagan Bian founded the Joji Ilagan Foundation College of Business and Tourism, with two classrooms and four teachers, including herself. It was the first Hotel and Restaurant Management technical vocational school in the Visayas and Mindanao in the early 80's. At that time, the city was still burdened by peace and order problems yet, this in no way deterred her from pursuing her dreams of training young people in technical vocational... Read More →
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Rosario Cajucom Bradbury

Adviser, Former Managing Director & CEO, Former Chairwoman, The Wallace Business Forum (WBF), SGS Philippines & SGS Gulf Ltd. ROHQ, Philippine Swiss Business Council
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Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian

Managing Director and Career Management Consultant, Dagaz HR Consultancy and Recruitment Company FZ LLC
Maria Cristina Estella Calaguian graduated Bachelors of Arts Major in Economics at University of Santo Tomas. She took up her Masters in University of the Philippines, Cebu when serving as Branch Manager of Connell Securities at the age of 27. | | She survived her career in a... Read More →
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Mercedes Muldong Calderon

Founder / Owner, Managing Director, Xavier International School
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Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas

Board Trustee and President, New Haven Unified School District
Linda is an educator, elected public servant, and community volunteer who has devoted her career to promoting student success and to enhancing the quality of life in her community. Linda served as public school educator for over 35 years, as classroom teacher and administrator, focusing on student achievement. | | Linda serves as New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee, currently as Board President, successfully promoting a grass-roots community effort to rename a middle school in honor of Filipino-American farm labor leaders Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz, the first public school in the U.S. to be named for Filipino-Americans. | | Linda also serves as President of the Alameda County School Boards Association and in leadership roles in local civic organizations and within her parish. | | Nationally, Linda is supporting... Read More →
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R. Edna Consing Concepcion

Owner and Certified Financial Advisor, Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc. / HEIR Planning
Edna Consing Concepcion is the CEO/Founder of Heritage Investments and Retirement Planning, Inc., a financial advisory firm with offices nationwide, holds a business management and finance degree from the University of Maryland (cum laude) and program certificates from The Wharton School and UCLA Anderson. Her involvement in civic and business affairs as founding chair of Philippine American Business Improvement and Development (PhilAm BID) continues years of community... 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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Fidelina Adan Corcuera

Executive Director, BPI Foundation
Fidelina “Faye” Adan-Corcuera has over 35 years of experience in the human resources profession gained from multi-industries and various multinational organizations. Immediately prior to joining BPI as the Chief HR Officer, she was a Regional Senior Director and Human Resources Leader for Oracle Asia Pacific and... Read More →
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Sonia Delen

Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sonia Delen is a Senior Vice President in the structuring and transaction management group at Banc of America Leasing (BAL), a subsidiary of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is a corporate manager, entrepreneur, philanthropist, community leader, family & disability advocate, and a femtor. Sonia is the highest ranked Filipina at BAL; serves on the boards of Filipina... Read More →
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Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D.

Administrator, CSU Northridge
Editha Tijamo Winterhalter has twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.  She is the Director of Administrative Services in the Division of Administration and Finance at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  In this role, she has responsibilities... Read More →
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Claire Navarro Espina

President and CEO, Edelberg & Espina, APLC
Claire Navarro Espina is the principal of Edelberg & Espina, a full service litigation firm in Los Angeles.  Claire attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus.  She was very active in the student protest movement and was elected to the first post Martial Law College of Arts... 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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Mary Ann Gamboa

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Toronto Centre
Mary Ann began her hospitality career in Manila before immigrating to Canada in 1998 with her son, Miguel. She is the only Filipina Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental hotels in Canada. In the past 4 years, Mary Ann has been instrumental in breaking financial and... 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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Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D.

Chief, Section, Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Makati Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Teh is a world-renowned hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon. She is a pioneer in the field of Philippine liver surgery. She is the first woman to assume Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in NKTI she is the brain behind the Multidisciplinary Team in Cancer management in NKTI. She also serves as the Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery of the Makati Medical Center and was Director of Liver Care Center of the Makati Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She is one of the founders Philippine Association of HPB surgeons and the only woman in the founding members and council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Society formed in 2016. She is the founder of Samahang Magmamahal sa Atay foundation to help fund indigent patients undergo surgeries and assist young surgeons achieve further training in HPB surgery. She was awarded in 2014 as a Judenite Pride by her Alma Mater... Read More →
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Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D.

Urogynecologist and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, Aesthetic Gynecologist, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, Global City
Dr. Jennifer Jose is a BS. Biology graduate from De LaSalle University in 1988 and pursued her medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center where she graduated in 1997. She was very much interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she finished her residency at the Makati Medical Center. During her residency training , the consultants saw the potential in her since she gave pride several times to Makati Medical Center as she won yearly in research contests in the entire Philippines. As a third year resident she applied for a subspecialty fellowship program outside the country. The chairman of the Department of OBGYN advised her to look for a very good program in Urogynecology abroad and they will put up a Center once she finishes the training. She competed and was chosen among 13 specialists from different countries to get one slot for the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery training at the Mount Sinai Hospital where she had completed a 3 year fellowship program.She did go back after the training and Makati Medical Center and they put up the Urogynecology and Incontinence Center which she is presently heading since 2007. Thereafter, she was invited by St. Lukes Medical Center Global City to spearhead the Comrehensive Pelvic Floor Center.In addition,she was one of the doctors chosen to be trainied in Robotics surgery. She developed passion into learning and she trained In the United States and did a lot of cadaver workshop with Dr. Arnold Advincula. The Trailblazer Award was given by Da Vinci Surgical System to Dr. Jennifer Marie B... 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 →
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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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Rebecca Santos Murry

Math Coach, Manhattan & Queens Campuses, United Nations International School
Rebecca Murry, an architect for 20 years, shifted to teaching mathematics and uses a constructivist-based approach. She believes students need to have the curiosity to learn and not obliged and told how to think. Young mathematicians need to build understanding through peer discourse, make conjectures and generalizations, and reflect on misconceptions. As Math Coach at the United Nations International School, she implements STEAM problem-based courses and innovative math curriculum... Read More →
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Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo

Advisor, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Miss Ocampo’s experience has focused primarily on public health, as well as microbiological and biological sciences. She currently works as an Advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Department for Zoonotic, Food, Water and Vectorborne Infectious Diseases. Miss Ocampo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and with a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Since her... Read More →
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Lou Olvido Parroco

Human Resources Director, Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing FZE
Lou Olvido-Parroco, is Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, Lou was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations, offering an extensive solutions portfolio that includes reservoir-centric interpretation, modeling and analytics software, mobile technology solutions and... Read More →
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Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Journalism Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured Professor in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards, two national Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys... 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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Claire Aquino Quito

Sponsorship Director, HRN Europe Ltd.
Claire Quito finally moved to Hungary after spending her colorful working life in Slovakia, UAE, India, Malaysia & Philippines. She studied Accounting at the University of the East Philippines but later on fell in love in Sales & Leadership from which up to the present time she c... Read More →
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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

IT Managing Director, Schwab Technology Services
Gizelle is an award-winning transformative information technology leader with broad based global experience across multiple industries and over 31 years of experience in this field. A strategic, visionary, driven, results oriented leader with a consistent record of successfully leading multiple initiatives across various platforms and several enterprises. Gizelle delivers solutions and innovative services that enable firms and the business to improve their... Read More →
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Rowena Romulo

Owner, Romulo Restaurant Group UK Limited
Rowena Romulo is the owner of Romulo Café, the first international outpost of a family-owned food business established in 2009 in Manila. The resturant draws upon the family legacy of one of the Philippines’ international diplomatic figures, Carlos P. Romulo, offering food lovers a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington... Read More →
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Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto

President (incoming), League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC)
Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto is the wife of the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco, Henry Bensurto Jr.  She is also the incoming President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC).   Before joining her husband in his foreign assignments, Mariza was a career public servant at the Foreign Service Institute, the premier Think-Tank of the Department of Foreign... Read More →
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Dina Dela Paz Stalder

President and CEO, BCP Dermatological Corp., Dermaline Inc., Stalder Laboratories Inc.
Diana Stalder, DS Cafe, BCP Dermatological Corp., and Stalder Laboratories Inc. are just a few names denoting quality skincare and wellness in the Philippines. And behind the success of these named brands is a woman, who simply had a strong determination to follow her dream and passion to succeed. She is Dina Dela Paz-Stalder, one of the pioneering pillars in the skincare market, who with her humble beginnings, had her own share of uphill climbs and struggles before getting to where she is successfully now. After obtaining a Medical Technology degree at Centro Escolar University in 1985, Dina set out on her first professional career as Medical Representative for a leading dermatological company, which hinted the direction she would be taking onwards. Her next journey would see her taking off for England, where she took the challenging work of a domestic help, just to take up skincare courses which interested her so much. Her hard work paid off, as she was able to apply her learnings into full use upon returning to the Philippines, providing customized formulations to Dermatologists through her established retail arm, Beauchamps Pharmacy... Read More →
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Anna-Karina Tabunar

Director, Communications Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo
Anna-Karina Tabuñar calls herself a recovering journalist, trying to make a difference in the world. The veteran broadcaster directed and produced the ground-breaking documentary film Talent Untapped, about the business value of workers with disabilities. Anna-Karina hosts the internationally acclaimed program Canada in Perspective on AMI-TV, which looks at issues through the lens of ageing and accessibility. Prior to that, she covered milestone events and current affairs for... Read More →
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Nikki Zano Tang

Chief Executive Officer, DMARK Corporation and Derm Asia Corporation
Nikki Tang, CEO of DMark Beauty and DermAsiaCorporations, built two of the country's leading providers of dermocosmetics and aesthetic devices through determination, hard-work, and the courage to tap into the market of anti-aging in the Philippines. Tang, who was exposed to entre... Read More →
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Lily Torres-Samoranos

Immigration Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)
A quick look of my life reveals a pattern which I cannot seem to escape.  When I moved here from the Philippines after the sudden death of my father, I noticed that I was the only Filipina in my grammar and middle school.  It was the same, when I graduated from a small class of a social welfare majors at UC Berkeley; and once again, when I graduated as the only Filipina in my class of 300 at UCLA Law School... Read More →
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Kalika Yap

CEO, Citrus Studios
Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose businesses include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in sunny Santa Monica, CA., Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor, The Waxing Co... Read More →
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Myrna P. Young

Nursing Education Specialist, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Myrna has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years in the United States.  During her entire career life, she has assumed various leadership roles from a Head Nurse to AVP role in perioperative nursing. Currently, she is a Nursing Education Specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is known to her co-workers, family and friends as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and helping people to bring out the best in them. She also has a reputation of... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom A Intercontinental Toronto Centre
 
Sunday, October 29
 

6:00am

Pinay Power Fitness with Amar Bornkamp (hotel guests only)
Health & Wellness at InterContinental Toronto Centre Guests:
Enjoy complimentary access to all fitness amenities.

Get your heart rate going with cardio training equipment, get your laps in an indoor heated pool, burn calories, and enjoy a vigorous workout with pumped up music! 

24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness facility and enjoy the latest exercise equipment. After your workout grab a drink at the tea bar, then enjoy a swim in the 48-foot saline swimming pool, relax in the steam room or soak in the soothing salt hot tub. 
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Bring your hotel room key for access.
  • Pool amenities are available 7 days a week, from 6am-11pm (inside the Spa)
More info:
http://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/spa/amenities-fitness-membership.aspx#gref

Attire: Gym / work-out clothing; bathing suit, if you're swimming.

*** Lockers, bathrobes and slippers provided in the Intercontinental Spa, 3rd Floor (next to the Fitness Centre)


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Sunday October 29, 2017 6:00am - 6:45am
Fitness Centre, 3rd Floor Intercontinental Toronto Centre

9:00am

Niagara Falls All-Day Tour (separate registration)
Niagara Falls All-Day Tour (separate registration)

Meet at the Intercon Lobby to board tour bus

ITINERARY

- Depart Toronto at 9:00am

- A stop at the Winery plus sampling.

- Drive through Niagara on the Lake (town)

- Lunch Buffet at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel (Fallsview Dining Room - with ceiling to floor windows out looking the falls)

- Hornblower Boat Cruise (Journey behind the Falls is substituted if Hornblower does not operate)

- A stop at the Whirlpool

- Some free time near the Falls at the Table Rock Complex

- Be back in Toronto approximately 8:00 pm and drop off at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre



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Dress Code: October is autumn in Canada. Bring a light jacket, pants, long sleeve shirt, walking shoes. Dress comfortably.
Please wear your FWN name badge and bring your Niagara Falls Tour Ticket

Contribution: separate registration
Roundtrip Transportation shuttle, lunch provided and ouir own Tour Guide



Sunday October 29, 2017 9:00am - 9:00pm
Lobby @ Intercon Intercontinental Toronto Centre