Spotlight FWN Members: Nora Kakilala-Terrado (Global FWN100™ '14) and Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN (Global FWN100™ '14)


Nora Kakilala-Terrado
Undersecretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Makati City, Philippines
Global FWN100™ '14

Nora is the executive leader for DTI's Management Services Group, which covers Corporate Planning, Finance, Human Resources, General Administration, Legal Services, Information Systems, and Knowledge Management.  Concurrently, she serves as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Trade and Industry.  Among her key initiatives are the Ease of Doing Business, the APEC Women and the Economy and Green Growth.  She is a staunch advocate and believer of the philosophy that healthy companies make strong industry and contribute to better societies. She mentors start-up companies in IT and Business Process and selectively provides executive coaching for future business leaders.

Nora is an accomplished business executive in the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Industry. She was the Country Manager of Headstrong Philippines for over 10 years and the Site Leader for IT Services for global customers engaged in third-party logistics for the global movement of goods and information. She trained and practiced in public accountancy at SGV & Co/Arthur Andersen.


Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN
Vice President, National Nurses United Founding Leader, Global Nurses United, Oakland, CA USA
Global FWN100™ '14

Zenei is a registered nurse and a member of the Council of Presidents for the California Nurses Associations /National Nurses Organizing Committee, a vice president of National Nurses United, and a founding leader of Global Nurses United.

She set a major milestone as the first Filipina president of the union. "she represents a huge breakthrough for Asian Americans in the labor movement," says Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center.

Having emigrated to the United States in 1974 at the age of 19, she joined a Filipino-American community thriving with nurses, including many of her family members. She earned her nursing degree from South Chicago Community Hospital School of Nursing. She currently works in the post anesthesia care unit at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco.