Born in the Philippines, Cris Comerford (U.S. FWN100™ '12, Global FWN100™ '14) attended the food-technology program at the University of the Philippines and began her career as a “salad girl” in Chicago hotels. In 2005 she beat over 450 applicants vying for the Executive White House Chef position during the Bush administration.
"Today Mayo is the councillor and treasurer of the association and president of the World Cities of the World Adda colors, a member of the Council of Volunteers of the City of Inzago and an active member of the Filipina Women Network. Even after receiving the recognition, her goal remains to continue working tirelessly to shape a positive image of the Filipino population in Italy: "The Filipino migrants are a mine of culture and human capital, not only an army of domestic workers," she beams." News story from Vita.IT.
"FILIPINA WOMEN ARE CHANGING the world! These outstanding Filipinas took center stage at the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit held recently at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu. The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award recognizes women of Philippine ancestry who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached such status for outstanding work in their respective professions, industries and communities. Congratulations to all the awardees!" News story from The Philippine Star Business Chic
Myrna Tang Yao (Global FWN100™ '15) on mentoring young women: “Successful entrepreneurs should embrace mentoring and sharing their experiences to guide other entrepreneurs to become successful. There are many young people with potential who are willing to be guided. Their success will benefit our economy and our people.” Story from PhilStar Starweek.
Professor Glenda Bonifacio (Global FWN100™ '15) was recognized for her recent Global FWN100™ '15 Award in the Thought Leader & Visionary category by the University of Lethbridge. “I was both surprised and humbled when I learned the Filipina Women’s Network had selected me to receive this award,” says Bonifacio. “I am proud to be honoured by an organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the activities, careers and status of Filipina women around the world.” Bonifacio has been a professor in the U of L’s Department of Women and Gender Studies since 2005 and her research has focused on Filipino women’s migration in Canada and Australia, intersections of gender, development and globalization, and migration and citizenship. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Bonifacio spearheaded a local book drive to help schools in Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013 and she continues to work on this community project with ReadWorld Foundation. This past summer, she instructed the first ever U of L field course to Tacloban. Her students have been inspired by her teaching and leadership and describe her as an amazing and phenomenal professor. News story from ULeth.ca.
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California State Board of Equalization (SBOE) Member Fiona Ma, celebrated the close of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month, by presenting her first SHEro Equalizer Award to FWN CEO & Founder, Marily Mondejar. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the dedication and drive of a fearless female leader. Their role as an “equalizer” is to be a tireless advocate for issues and causes to further expand women’s rights.
"I am pleased to present my first SHEro Equalizer Award to Marily Mondejar," stated Board Member Ma. "As an entrepreneur, community organizer, and an untiring advocate against domestic violence and trafficking of women, Marily throws out a wide net and brings together women from all over the world to unite for important causes like domestic violence and human trafficking."
Congratulations Marily! And thank you for being the fearless leader we all need!
Chairwoman and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn Malalis (U.S. FWN100™ '09) weighs in on her leadership style, the virtue of multi-tasking and being comfortable in her own skin as a queer woman of color in this interview with Adam Bryant for Corner Office, a weekly New York Times column on leadership.