A high-powered gathering of some of the most extraordinary and inspiring Filipina women from all over the world will take place at the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit from August 21 to 24 at the Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu City.
To be attended by Filipina women leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures, the global initiative was launched in 2013 by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) to foster a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community, as well as to create a network of women who will work together in shaping the Filipina image as effective leaders of society.
The organization started out as a small group all-women group with a vision to identify and support Filipina leaders in the US. It was established in San Francisco as a non-profit professional association for women of Philippine ancestry committed to promoting the social welfare of Filipinas worldwide and advocating their rights.
Today, FWN has evolved into a global community of powerful Filipinas representing multiple industries around the world.
One of the most-awaited events organized by FWN is the annual Filipina Leadership Global Summit that serves as a platform for discussions, learning journeys, and sharing strategies among members.
The highlight of the Summit is the gala and awards Night where 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World will be recognized. These women were selected for their outstanding work in their respective fields, who have risen to influential positions in corporations, organizations and government institutions, thereby changing the face of leadership in their local communities and in their adopted countries.
The FWN100 Award is aptly divided into seven categories. “Behind the Scenes Leaders” recognizes Filipinas who have gone beyond the call of duty to advocate for those who need a voice or support the organization she works for; “Builders” honors women with deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with non-governmental organizations; “Emerging Leaders” are Filipina women who at the age of 35 are already making their own mark in a leadership role; “Founders and Pioneers” is for trailblazers, CEOs, presidents and founders of their companies; “Innovators and Thought Leaders” pays tribute to those who changed the way people think and live by helping develop a product or service in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics; “Nicole” honors Filipinas whose words, action, and activism inspire others to act and revolutionize society’s way of understanding traditional beliefs and customers; and “Policy Makers and Visionaries” is given to Filipina women with exceptional acumen and forward-looking vision in the development or influencing of policies, campaigns and laws that impact business, industry and society.
Heading this year’s public relations committee is Chit Lijauco, former Lifestyle editor of The Manila Times, who is currently managing editor of The Philippine Tatler.