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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Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele

US Lumber, Inc.
President and CEO
New Jersey, USA
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.

Lita’s outstanding leadership in a non-traditional woman-owned corporation has been recognized for over twenty years with outstanding national, regional, and local business awards and recognition. US Lumber Inc., a powerhouse of its own, is a leading lumber supplier throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The corporation has repeatedly been ranked and recognized as one of the top and fastest growing firms from 1999 to 2014. It’s likely, under the leadership of Lita and her partner and husband Merrill Abele, to continue the climb in years to come.

As an involved community leader, Lita contributes her expertise and experience with various entities including business groups, local & statewide government, University students & administration, women’s advocacy associations and Chambers of Commerce on both a state and national level.

Lita’s business acumen and recognition doesn’t stop there. In addition to being a published author and years of regional & international media coverage in radio, magazine and newspaper formats, her distinguished awards include (but are not limited to):
  • The International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) World of Difference 100
  • NJBIZ 50 Best Women in Business
  • 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States
  • Top 100 Women in Business by Philadelphia Business Journal
  • The Alice Paul Institute’s Equality Award