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Canada (Ontario, Toronto)

Japan (Tokyo)

People's Republic of China (Hong Kong)


  • Calamba City, Laguna

  • Makati City

  • Manila City

  • Quezon City



United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

United States

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Connecticut

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Guam

  • Indiana

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Nevada

  • Oregon

  • Texas

  • Virginia





Behind the Scenes Leaders

This award category recognizes Filipina women who may not have the big title or corner office, but is a driving force behind the success of her community organization's project or initiative; or her employer's organizational business unit or department.  Someone who has gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to support the organization she represents or works for.

Emma Cuenca, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center

Genevieve Jopanda, Executive Director, San Francisco HepB Free Campaign

Loisa Cabuhat, Realtor, Coral Sea Realty; General Manager, Cabuhat Tech Services

Maria Beebe, PhD, Founding Partner, Global Networks

Regina Manzana-Sawhney, Senior Program Manager, Google; Co-Founder, Filipino Googlers



Builders have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives at a nonprofit institution; demonstrates high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, or organization in any field. “Buildership” is about building better organizations, leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align. 

Carmela Clendening, Senior Manager, State & Local Government Affairs and PAC,; Former Deputy District Director, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Imelda M. Nicolas, Secretary of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) under the Office of the President of the Philippines

Jocelyn Ding, Vice President, Enterprise Operations, Google

Nina Datu Aguas, Chief Executive Officer and President, Philippine Bank of Communications Inc. 

Rebecca Delgado Rottman, Vice President, Community & Government Relations, Academy of Art University


Emerging Leaders

This award category recognizes Filipina women below age 35 who are making their mark in a leadership role, are on the pathway to principalship and building capacity across a system. Emerging Leaders have powerful mindsets and skill sets that drive achievement for their organizations.

Ariel Batungbacal, Assigned to the Air Force ISR Agency, United States Air Force

Christina Luna, Founder/Manager, The Luna Company

Meriam Reynosa, Senior District Representative, The Office of State Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett

Michele Bumgarner Miranda, Indycar Race Driver, Bumgarner Racing

Patricia Isabel Gallardo Dwyer, Group Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (Global), Shangri-La International Hotel Management, Ltd. Hong Kong, People's Republic of China


Founders & Pioneers

This award honors Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow. This award category is for the trailblazers who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address a significant business or organizational opportunity.

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University; Director, Pin@y Educational Partnerships

Bella Aurora "Amie" Padua-Belmonte MPH, President & Founder, Senior Resources & Services, LLC

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, San Francisco State University; Little Manila Foundation

Delle Sering-Fojas, CEO, Seven Seven Corporate Group

Ernestina de los Santos-Mac M.D., Physician, Philippine American Community Center of Michigan

Evelia Religioso, President, Siniloan Feeds Corporation; Owner and Vice President, REVA Farms; Director, Rural Bank of Mabitac Inc.; Chairman, Siniloan Water District

Isabelita Manalastas-Watanabe, President, Speed Money Transfer Japan Kabushiki Kaisha

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Psychotherapist and Professor, Greater Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles, CA

Julieta Gabiola, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Librada Yamat, D.D.S., Dr. Librada C. Yamat Dental Corporation

Loida Nicolas Lewis, Esq., Chair, Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; former Chair and CEO, TLC Beatrice International; Author; Philanthropist

Lydia Cruz, President, LC Foundation, Inc.; President & CEO, Trinity Nursing Home Management

Maria Almia de los Santos, Co-founder, Hospice Services of Lake County, California; Spiritual Director; published author

Marife Zamora, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Convergys Corporation

Mariedel Leviste, M.D., Founder & President, National Healthcare ACO (Accountable Care Organization), Pacificare Medical, Biodermik, Inc, & Telemedicine Inc.

Norma Placido, President, Filipino Community of Solano County Inc.

Patricia Riingen, Senior Vice President, East & South Asia, Western Union

Rosemer Enverga, Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation; TV Network Consultant (Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Tess Mauricio, "America's Favorite Dermatologist", Founder, M Beauty by Dr Tess clinics; Author, California Total Beauty; (former) President, The San Diego Society of Dermatologic Surgery


Innovators & Thought Leaders

This award recognizes women who have broken new ground in the marketplace, have delivered new and unique applications of emerging technology transforming the way people think, in the fields of sports, literature, the arts and pop culture, or have improved the lives of others by helping develop a product or service in the fields of science, engineering, technology, or medicine. This award category is also for someone who have either launched a new enterprise learning function or completely overhauled an existing development or community initiative.

MAJ Amelia Duran-Stanton Ph.D., DSc, Deputy Chief of Inspections/Ortho Physician Assistant, U.S. Army

Annette M. David, M.D., MPH, Founder and Director of Consulting Services, Health Partners LLC; Adjust Research Faculty, University of Guam Cancer Research Center, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Hawaii

Carmencita David Padilla, M.D., Director, Newborn Screening Reference Center; Executive Director, Philippine Genome Center

Janet Mendoza Stickmon, Humanities Professor, Napa Valley College

Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales, Journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Lirio Sobrevinas Covey, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology in PsychiatryClinical Therapeutics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center; Research Scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Lucille Tenazas, Henry Wolf Professor, Parsons The New School for Design

Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, Secretary of Climate Change, Philippines

Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi, CEO, Geoscience Testing Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mira Soriano Gillet, Founder and Chief Director of the Peace Game, a top project in Stanford Venture Lab Project through DNLE; Innovation Teacher, Workshop ED

Rozita Villanueva Lee, Commissioner, President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Suzie Moya Benitez, Trustee and Executive Director, Bayanihan Folk Arts Foundation; Associate Vice President, Campus Life Philippine Women's University



This award honors Filipina women whose words, actions, and activism, inspire others to act and revolutionize society’s way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs thus leaving behind a Filipino global imprint. “Nicole,” who sparked an international dialogue about women’s rights, national sovereignty, and international law as she steadfastly pursued justice against her rapists, inspires this category.

Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, School of Social Work


Policymakers & Visionaries

This award recognizes Filipina women leaders who have demonstrated exceptional business acumen combined with a forward-looking vision in the development or influencing of policies, campaigns or laws that impact business, industry, and society and who enrich the lives and careers of others by sharing the benefits of their wealth, experience, and knowledge.

Astrid Tuminez, Ph.D., Regional Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Southeast Asia, Microsoft, Inc., Singapore

Cora Tellez, Founder & CEO, Sterling HSA

Eleanor Valentin, RDML, Senior Health Care Executive, U.S. Navy Director, Military Health System Governance Implementation Planning Executive Secretariat, United States Navy

Gloria T. Caoile, National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Senior Education and Family Services Advisor, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee; Vice President, San Francisco Board of Education

Imelda V. Cuyugan MPA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for State Government Relations, Pima Community College; Commissioner, Pima County Tucson Women's Commission, Arizona

Kris Valderrama, State Delegate, D26, Prince George's County, Maryland

Margaret Lapiz, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente - The Permanente Medical Group

Patricia V. Paez, Ambassador, Embassy of The Philippines, Poland; Non-Resident Ambassador to Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia



Sustaining Pinay Power 2020 is quite daunting. As the excitement dies down and the reality of executing FWN's 2020 game plan sets in, many will drop out and others will pick up the torch. The Keepers of the Flame are the caretakers to ensure that the Vision 2020 is kept alive.

Al Perez, President, Filipino American Arts Exposition: Commissioner, San Francisco Entertainment Comission

Alicia Fortaleza, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Institute of Northern California

Bambi Lorica, MD, FAAP, holistic pediatrician

Cynthia Rapaido, Ed.D., Assistant Principal, San Mateo High School

Edcelyn Pujol, Certified Financial Planner

Elena Mangahas, Co-Chair, Little Manila Foundation

Gloria T. Caoile, National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Marily Mondejar, President, Institute for Image Management

Maya Ong Escudero, Co-Founder, Literacy Initiatives International Foundation

Dr. Mutya San Agustin Shaw

Colonel Shirley S. Raguindin, Chief Diversity Officer, Air National Guard

Sonia T. Delen, Senior Vice President, Banc of America Leasing, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Susie Quesada, Executive Vice President, Ramar Foods International

Thelma Boac, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District Board