FWN CEO and founder Marily Mondejar shares how Filipina women can exercise their power: Speak up. "My message to the Filipina women of the world: develop your voice. When you attend an event, raise your hand and ask a question. People will remember you spoke up. If something bothers you. Speak up. Your opinion is important. You are a contributor to the economy. So it's important that business hears your feedback." News story from ABS-CBN
Develop your people skills. Having people skills; being approachable, friendly, pleasant and respectful of others; requires that you actually interact with humans. Even in a technology-centric world, face time is essential for establishing relationships. When you're able to make others feel at ease, they're more likely to cooperate.
- Gloria T. Caoile, National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, U.S. FWN100™ '07, Global FWN100™ '13
Learn to build a core foundation in business from which you can diversify. When you start a business, master the foundations of the corporate world including process, finance, innovation, culture, and communication. This will become a valuable foundation from which you can launch a series of complementary businesses and a whole conglomerate of companies. From starting and leading a single organization, Doctor's Pharmaceuticals in the Philippines, Mommyla diversified into restaurants, motels, Ramar Foods, and other businesses in the U.S.
- Susie Quesada, President, Ramar Foods International, U.S. FWN100™ '07
Keep promises and maintain a good reputation. Upon being elected and re-elected for two subsequent terms, I have maintained professionalism on the bench and stayed connected with the community by volunteering to do inductions of officers, judging high school mock trial competitions and doing speaking engagements to educate the public about family court and the law.
- Judge Cheryl Nora Moss, Eighth Judicial District, Family division, Clark County, Nevada, U.S. FWN100 '11
Cultivate the knowledge and skills that will allow you to be an expert in your field. This expertise can be one vital source of confidence. People trust you when you are competent and are more likely to continue seeking your expertise.
- Janet Mendoza Stickmon, Professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College, Global FWN100™ '13
Try infusing new technology and stay up to date. The is no limit to one's creative imagination. Infusing new technologies to your existing works will keep you at par with the rest and the best in the world. There is room for innovation, for new research, and for new interpretations of masterpieces. Innovation can always widen your audience base.
- Suzie Moya Benitez, Trustee and Executive Director, Bayanihan Folk Arts Foundation; Associate Vice President, Campus Life Philippine Women's University, Global FWN100™ '13
Persistence, resilence and passion are key for long term success. You may not be the smartest or most qualified for every job you want. However, by being persistent in identifying your shortcomings and being passionate in taking action to address them, you will succeed. Resilience is important in overcoming obstacles. There will always be someone who will make negative comments or will not be supportive of the goals that you have for yourself. Being resilient will enable you to ignore the negativity, enable you to pick yourself up quickly when you fall or get pushed down, and to brush yourself off and get back on track.
- MAJ Amelia Duran-Stanton Ph.D., DSc, Deputy Chief of Inspections/Ortho Physician Assistant, U.S. Army