SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The newly appointed chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will don another feather in her cap when she becomes one of the awardees for the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” this year.
Marily Mondejar, founder and CEO of the San Francisco, California-based nonprofit Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), said SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma has been judged one of the award winners who will be honored during the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit, from October 25 to 29, in Toronto, Canada.
The citation, also known as the Global FWN100 award, recognizes women of Philippine ancestry who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace.
Eisma, a lawyer by profession, was nominated in the Builders category, which recognizes women who have demonstrated exceptional organizational impact in a large workplace environment, deep passion for a cause and high potential and skill with measurable results in the public or private sector.
She won under the tertiary economic sector for service industry, which covers nominations for government, finance, education, legal and travel/tourism professions, among others.
The Global FWN100 Selection Committee said winners are chosen through a rigorous vetting process that includes determination of the nominee’s global Filipina imprint, personal interview, review of the nomination and answers to criteria questions, social media and Internet vetting, and a chat with the nominee’s references and/or nominator.
The scoring is based on the nominee’s activities and projects of the last three years, and around three factors: leadership, challenge and ownership, or the degree to which the nominee took charge of the challenges she faced for the initiative, project or activity.
The award has been given out to outstanding Filipino women since 2007. Among the winners last year was Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo, who received the “Nicole” award, which honors Filipinas whose words, actions and activism inspire others to act and revolutionize society’s way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs.
For this year, the awards body accepted a total of 85 nominees from 14 countries across the globe. Fourteen of these were for the Builders category where Eisma won.
Eisma’s selection as one of the most influential Filipinas in the world today was announced following her appointment on September 25 as the first woman chairman-administrator of the SBMA, which manages the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a key industrial and commercial area in the Philippines today.
Before taking over as CEO of the Subic agency starting January 2017, Eisma served for 15 years as corporate, government and regulatory affairs manager of PMFTC Inc., the Philippine affiliate of Philip Morris International, where she worked closely with local tobacco farmers and farming communities, earning for the firm international acclaim for farmer programs, best practices systems and leading innovations in agriculture-labor relations, communication programs and government-relation strategies in supply-chain setting.
Eisma also provided direction, supervision and management of the company’s public affairs and contribution programs that received international awards in corporate social responsibility.