The developers of Via Verde in Batangas reduced the electricity demand and improved the energy efficiency of their low-cost homes by following the standards under Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies. By installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes, residents of these villages said their electricity bills went down by 20 to 25 percent. " Our sales went up by 300 percent," said Emma Imperial, CEO of Imperial Homes which developed Via Verde.
Chairman at Convergys Philippines Services Corp., Convergys Philippines
The global impact of my influence is... helping the Philippines become the preferred contact center destination globally- the BPO industry is the only industry where the Philippines is the WORLD LEADER.
One person who has influenced my professional career is.... Andrea Ayers, President and CEO of Convergys Corporation. She believed in the Filipino talent and my Convergys, Philippines executive leadership team. She believed, and committed, that we would be the biggest and the best BPO company in the country. We made that a reality!
On the most difficult workplace challenge as a Filipina woman.... The number one thing that needs to change for women to succeed in the workplace are the expectations of who does what and how. We must not be afraid to challenge roles and demand equal share and responsibility with our partners. If you have partners, get them to do half!
One thing you would not guess about me is.... I am down-to-earth and I love to interact with employees of all levels. I will go out of my way to visit sites at every opportunity so I can connect with them first-hand.
The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ honors Filipina women who are changing the face of leadership in their local communities and in their adopted countries they now call home. The Awards Ceremony is the highlight of the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit on August 21-24 in Cebu, Philippines at the Shangri-La Mactan.
President & CEO, Imperial Homes Corporation
My proudest professional accomplishment is.... Being globally recognized in September 2013 when I was invited by IFC/World Bank to talk and present my transformational business model to help climate change and alleviate poverty. I developed the Philippines’ first Solar Powered Low Cost Housing Communities equipped with solar system solutions. When I started my real estate business, my aim was to provide quality yet affordable homes to my fellow countrymen. I am now providing homes and communities with good quality structures and of global standard. These homes add value to their investment.
The global impact of my work is.... When I launched my solar powered housing project, I encouraged other developers to adopt this type of development which will help address climate change and the 3 million mass housing backlog of the Philippines, which when adopted will also result in the elimination of 1,882,000 tons of carbon dioxide and savings of US$2.768 billion in fossil consumption per year.
The best part of being a Filipina woman leader is.... our talent, ambition, and hard-working nature are qualities that are highly respected and admired in the global workplace.