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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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Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson

Schwab Technology Services
IT Managing Director
California, USA

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 clients’ ability to achieve their financial goals. She implements process improvements and creates a culture of efficiency. A person known to deliver client focused solutions that turns into cost savings for the firm. These actions support revenue growth and adherence to compliance and regulatory policies. She is an accomplished change agent with strong influence and collaboration skills. And is recognized for her motivational leadership style.

She majored in Industrial Management Engineering and minored in Chemical Engineering. She believes it is important for girls to get engaged in STEM so that they can be positioned to influence positive changes in the world. She was named one of the 10, 2013 Professional Business Women of California Industry Leader Awardees.

She is a strong advocate for gender equity, diversity and inclusion. She believes the best way to achieve this is through partnership across the board and to generate sustained awareness of its importance for a high functioning society early and often.

Gizelle served as chair for the Women’s Interactive Network at Charles Schwab for 8 years and has since transitioned into board roles for several women and girls non-profit organizations.

Her first board membership was with GirlVentures, a non-profit organization that empowers adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. She chaired the Breakfast Committee that hosts the Annual Empower Breakfast event and was External Committee VP. 

At Alliance for Girls, Gizelle was a member of the Advisory Board. She brought an important and unique perspective to the committee, as well as a passion for Alliance for Girls’ work. Alliance for Girls is a growing movement that is working to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare today’s girls to be the leaders, agents of change and thriving women of tomorrow.

She also served as board member for Filipino Women’s Network: Serving to help their mission to enrich and inspire Filipino Women as they continue to develop the talent pipeline nationwide and globally. She was VP for Marketing and Communications and one of the keepers of the flame in 2014.

She currently serves as Board Treasurer for Professional Business Women in California. A non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide skill development, networking opportunities and inspiration to women at all levels to achieve their own ambitions and collectively advance gender equity in professional settings.  She is also a Board Member of Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club and is part of their Audit Committee. She believes that educating and exposing the next generation to the merits of these principles will pay dividends for their future and will create a better and kinder society.

She is one of the authors of Disrupt 2.0, the second Leadership book by the Filipina Women's Network. The chapter she wrote is entitled Roots and Wings and is about her mother's leadership story and how she influenced her own leadership style.

Wednesday, October 25
 

6:00pm

Power MeetUp: with Amazing Filipina and Canadian Women [NO-HOST] Marché MövenpickAnita Agrawal • Nini Alvero • HON Marily Mondejar • Susie Quesada • Elizabeth Bautista • HON Thelma Boac • Amar Bornkamp • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury • Gloria T. Caoile • Maan Hontiveros • Tess C Martillano-Manjares • Maria Beebe PhD • Shirley Raguindin • Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves • Leonor Vintervoll • Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele • Cherry Pua Africa • Kristina Laranjo Alabado • Amelia "Aimee" Alado, Esq. • Ma. Victoria Anonuevo • Hon. Cynthia Alcantara Barker • Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista • Rosario Angela Bernad • Joji Ilagan Bian • Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian • Mercedes Muldong Calderon • Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas • Charina Carrera • R. Edna Consing Concepcion • Ma. Nieves R. Confesor • Fidelina Adan Corcuera • Cora dela Cruz • Mona Lisa Dela Cruz • Wilma "Amy" T. Eisma, Esq. • Caroline Marian Enriquez • Claire Navarro Espina • Mary Ann Gamboa • Maria Cristina Layug Go • Anny Misa Hefti • Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D. • Leah L. Laxamana • Trinidad "Treenee" Lopez • Roxane Negrillo Magbanua • Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi • Junever Mahilum-West • Jerrilyn Malana • Rebecca Santos Murry • Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo • Lou Olvido Parroco • Maria Antonia Pascual • Georgitta Pimentel Puyat • Claire Aquino Quito • Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson • Rowena Romulo • Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto • Belen Saramosing-Ramirez • Benel Se • Virginia Solis • Dina Dela Paz Stalder • Nikki Zano Tang • Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D. • Lily Torres-Samoranos • Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D. • Kalika Yap • Myrna P. Young • Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M. • Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.
 
Thursday, October 26
 

9:30pm

 
Friday, October 27
 

5:30pm

6:30pm

VIP Reception (by invitation only) - special badge required PrivateLIMITEDNini Alvero • Elizabeth Bautista • HON Thelma Boac • Amar Bornkamp • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury • Gloria T. Caoile • Maan Hontiveros • Tess C Martillano-Manjares • HON Marily Mondejar • Maria Beebe PhD • Susie Quesada • Shirley Raguindin • Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves • Leonor Vintervoll • Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M. • Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele • Cherry Pua Africa • Kristina Laranjo Alabado • Amelia "Aimee" Alado, Esq. • Ma. Victoria Anonuevo • Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista • Joji Ilagan Bian • Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian • Mercedes Muldong Calderon • Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas • Charina Carrera • R. Edna Consing Concepcion • Ma. Nieves R. Confesor • Fidelina Adan Corcuera • Cora dela Cruz • Mona Lisa Dela Cruz • Wilma "Amy" T. Eisma, Esq. • Claire Navarro Espina • Mary Ann Gamboa • Maria Cristina Layug Go • Anny Misa Hefti • Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D. • Leah L. Laxamana • Roxane Negrillo Magbanua • Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi • Junever Mahilum-West • Jerrilyn Malana • Rebecca Santos Murry • Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo • Lou Olvido Parroco • Georgitta Pimentel Puyat • Claire Aquino Quito • Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson • Rowena Romulo • Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto • Belen Saramosing-Ramirez • Benel Se • Dina Dela Paz Stalder • Anna-Karina Tabunar • Nikki Zano Tang • Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D. • Lily Torres-Samoranos • Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D. • Myrna Tang Yao • Kalika Yap • Myrna P. Young • Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.

7:15pm

Global FWN100™ 2017 Gala Awards Ceremony, Dinner and Dancing The BallroomGloria T. Caoile • Nini Alvero • Elizabeth Bautista • HON Thelma Boac • Amar Bornkamp • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury • Maan Hontiveros • Tess C Martillano-Manjares • HON Marily Mondejar • Maria Beebe PhD • Susie Quesada • Shirley Raguindin • Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves • Leonor Vintervoll • Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M. • Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele • Cherry Pua Africa • Kristina Laranjo Alabado • Amelia "Aimee" Alado, Esq. • Ma. Victoria Anonuevo • Hon. Cynthia Alcantara Barker • Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista • Rosario Angela Bernad • Joji Ilagan Bian • Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian • Mercedes Muldong Calderon • Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas • Charina Carrera • R. Edna Consing Concepcion • Ma. Nieves R. Confesor • Fidelina Adan Corcuera • Cora dela Cruz • Mona Lisa Dela Cruz • Wilma "Amy" T. Eisma, Esq. • Caroline Marian Enriquez • Claire Navarro Espina • Mary Ann Gamboa • Maria Cristina Layug Go • Anny Misa Hefti • Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D. • Leah L. Laxamana • Trinidad "Treenee" Lopez • Roxane Negrillo Magbanua • Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi • Junever Mahilum-West • Jerrilyn Malana • Rebecca Santos Murry • Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo • Lou Olvido Parroco • Maria Antonia Pascual • Georgitta Pimentel Puyat • Claire Aquino Quito • Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson • Rowena Romulo • Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto • Belen Saramosing-Ramirez • Benel Se • Virginia Solis • Dina Dela Paz Stalder • Anna-Karina Tabunar • Nikki Zano Tang • Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D. • Lily Torres-Samoranos • Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D. • Myrna Tang Yao • Kalika Yap • Myrna P. Young • Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.
 
Saturday, October 28
 

10:45am

7:30pm

Filipina Women Against Violence: The Vagina Monologues Ballroom AHON Marily Mondejar • Nini Alvero • Elizabeth Bautista • HON Thelma Boac • Amar Bornkamp • Gloria T. Caoile • Maan Hontiveros • Tess C Martillano-Manjares • Maria Beebe PhD • Susie Quesada • Shirley Raguindin • Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves • Leonor Vintervoll • Jacqueline Yu, Esq., LL.M. • Isabelita "Lita" M. Abele • Cherry Pua Africa • Kristina Laranjo Alabado • Amelia "Aimee" Alado, Esq. • Ma. Victoria Anonuevo • Hon. Cynthia Alcantara Barker • Lilian Maria Soriano Bautista • Rosario Angela Bernad • Joji Ilagan Bian • Rosario Cajucom Bradbury • Maria Cristina Estella Bulong Calaguian • Mercedes Muldong Calderon • Hon. Rosalinda V. Canlas • Charina Carrera • R. Edna Consing Concepcion • Ma. Nieves R. Confesor • Fidelina Adan Corcuera • Cora dela Cruz • Mona Lisa Dela Cruz • Sonia Delen • Wilma "Amy" T. Eisma, Esq. • Caroline Marian Enriquez • Claire Navarro Espina • Mary Ann Gamboa • Maria Cristina Layug Go • Anny Misa Hefti • Jennifer Bernardo Jose, M.D. • Leah L. Laxamana • Trinidad "Treenee" Lopez • Roxane Negrillo Magbanua • Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi • Junever Mahilum-West • Jerrilyn Malana • Rebecca Santos Murry • Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo • Lou Olvido Parroco • Maria Antonia Pascual • Georgitta Pimentel Puyat • Claire Aquino Quito • Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson • Rowena Romulo • Ann Mariza Nepomuceno Sanchez-Bensurto • Belen Saramosing-Ramirez • Benel Se • Virginia Solis • Dina Dela Paz Stalder • Anna-Karina Tabunar • Nikki Zano Tang • Catherine Sia Cheng Teh, M.D. • Lily Torres-Samoranos • Editha Tijamo Winterhalter, Ed.D. • Myrna Tang Yao • Kalika Yap • Myrna P. Young • Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D.