Myrna Tang Yao Launches The Gift of a Dream to Inspire Women Entrepreneurs

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Myrna Tang Yao, the savvy tycoon who made Barbie™ famous in the Philippines, shares her passion and  journey from being a micro entrepreneur to CEO of several companies in her new book, “The Gift of a Dream: The GREAT Women Project,” launched in Manila. 

In her book, Yao details how as a young woman, she dreamt of one day succeeding in business so she could help underprivileged women break free from helplessness due to poverty. Her dream soon became a reality when she was appointed Chair of the Philippine Commission on Women. She was tasked to spearhead the nationwide Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, “a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.” The project continues to succeed, thanks to Yao’s framework based on her invaluable business insights.

Joey Concepcion of RFM Corporation and Go Negosyo says, “This book shall serve as an inspiration to women entrepreneurs. Myrna Yao’s passion is evident in all her works from her humble beginnings up until today.”

Bo Sanchez, bestselling author, also praises Yao’s latest achievement: “From page one, you’ll see Myrna’s fearless passion. But more than that, you’ll be deeply touched by her great love for disenfranchised women. These suffering women are the reason why she wakes up in the morning. Thank you Myrna for inspiring all of us and teaching us how to live.”


A multi-awarded entrepreneur and champion of women’s rights and empowerment, Myrna Yao is CEO of five companies including RichPrime Global, Inc., and Richwell Trading Corporation, founder and chairperson of The Philippine Federation of Local Council of Women, The Federation of the Filipino Chinese Business and Professional Women of the Philippines, and the Pearl S. Buck Philippines.  She also served as the Chair of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for six years, the policy making body of the government in implementing laws on women and gender empowerment. Some of the numerous awards she has received include the International Entrepreneur Award by the Global Summit of Women in 2006, the Gold Prize Award for Women’s World Excellence Award in Beijing, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. She was also granted the 2006 Presidential Merit Award by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for her success in the field of entrepreneurship in both local and international levels.

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