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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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Sheila Lirio Marcelo

 Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 after her personal challenges as a young working mother finding care for two small children and ailing parents shed a spotlight on the massive care needs of families everywhere.  Today, the publicly traded company is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 22 million people across 20 countries.  

Sheila's belief in technology as a solution to solving global care challenges developed during her time as a management consultant and a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School. Her growing appreciation for the power of technology to help solve real problems for people led her to Upromise, where she was VP of Product Management and Marketing for the service that helped families save for college, and then to executive search engine TheLadders.com, where she was VP and General Manager. Following TheLadders.com, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners where she developed the plan for Care.com.

As Care.com has grown and scaled, Sheila has been honored with numerous accolades, including one of the "Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs" at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit (2009) and Fortune Magazine (2014), and bestowed one of the highest honors for Filipinos, the Filipino Heritage Award or Pamana ng Pilipino from President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines. 

 She is also a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute (Class of 2012), a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (class of 2011), and was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship (Class of 2011).

Sheila sits on the Boards of Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, the U.S. Library of Congress Trust Fund, and the Philippine Development Foundation.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and advises numerous start-up companies.  

Sheila is co-founder of LandIt, a digital platform for female career growth and founded WomenUp.org in 2010 to increase women's roles in the global economy by providing leadership training, mentorship and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers. A frequent speaker on women in technology and female entrepreneurship and leadership, Sheila has spoken at the White House United State of Women (2016), at the White House Summit on Working Families alongside President Obama (2014), with global political and business leaders at The World Economic Forum (2013, 2015), and to emerging female leaders at Harvard University (2013), among other notable venues. 

Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College, which also conferred upon her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2015.  She received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees with honors from Harvard University and, in 2014, was the youngest recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.