Vice-President Leni Robredo and Senator Loren Legarda among keynote speakers for the Filipina Women’s Network summit.
A high-powered gathering of some of the most extraordinary and inspiring Filipina women from all over the world takes place during the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit ongoing until August 24 at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.
Attended by Filipina women leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures, the global initiative was launched 13 years ago by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) to foster a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community and create a network of Filipina women that will work together in shaping the Filipina image as effective leaders of society.
The organization started out as a small group of Filipinas with a vision to identify and support Filipina leaders in the U.S. 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 the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World are recognized. These women were selected for their outstanding work in their respective fields and have risen to influential positions in corporations, organizations and government institutions, changing the face of leadership in their local communities and in their adopted countries.
The FWN100 Award™ was 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 NGO; 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.