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Global FWN100™ 2015

2015 GLOBAL FWN100™ Awardees

Awardees are selected and determined by averaging scores assigned by the Selection Committee on the criteria described on the nomination form for activities and projects nominee may have initiated or have been involved in her country of residence:

  1. Impact

  2. Innovation

  3. Involvement

  4. Femtorship (mentorship)

  5. Professionalism

  6. Sustainability (of activity or project she may have started or have been involved)

The following scoring has been set up to be consistent across the award categories and the Selection Committee will provide numerical scores for each of the following final selection scoring:

Leadership: The degree to which the nominee led the initiative, project or activity, demonstrated by behaviors such as setting clear goals, providing guidance, coaching and support, working through obstacles and/or celebrating success.

Challenge: The scope, difficulty and size of the initiative, project or activity.

Ownership: The degree to which the nominee took ownership of the challenges she faced for the initiative, project or activity, demonstrated by behaviors such as helping define outcomes, setting clear goals, providing guidance, working through obstacles and communicating challenges and successes.


Economic Sectors Represented BY THE awardees

  • Consulting Services

  • Design Industries

  • Education

  • Finance / Financial Planning

  • Government (Fire, Law Enforcement, Military, Police, Politics, Public Transit)

  • Healthcare

  • Information & Communication Services (publishing activities, Motion picture, video & TV, sound & music, broadcasting)

  • Information Technology

  • Manufacturing of natural resources (construction, processing, auto production, textiles, engineering, energy utilities)

  • Non-profit / non-governmental organizations (NGO)

  • Real Estate

  • Transportation

  • Wholesale


Countries and U.S. States Represented by the Awardees






United Kingdom


  • Makati City

  • Muntinlupa

  • Quezon City

United States

  • California

  • District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Maryland

  • Nevada

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Virginia

Watch Melissa Orquiza (Global FWN100™ '15) deliver the Leadership Keynote at the Global FWN100™ Awards Gala on October 29th, 2015 at the Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco. Melissa Orquiza is a distinguished composer and musician for Walt Disney Studios. Among her original song writing credits is McFarland, USA by Walt Disney Studios, starring Kevin Costner. You can also read the transcript of Melissa's keynote.

2015 GLOBAL FWN100™ Awardees

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 a social cause or life issue, a 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 advocate for those who need a voice, or support the organization she represents or works for.

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Agnes Joyce Garlit Bailen, Chief Political Affairs Officer, Office of Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, &  Floor Representative, Association of Congressional Chiefs of Staff, House of Representatives, Batasan, Quezon City, Philippines.

Angelica Ligas, Registered Nurse, Tenet Healthcare, Florida, USA.

Em Angeles, Technical Account Manager, YapStone, California, USA.

Hazel Dolio Tag'at, Director, Anderson Tax, LLC, California, USA.

Leonor S. Vintervoll, Founder, Philippine Women's Organization (PWO) Resource Center. Board Director & Country Representative for Norway, European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD), Oslo, Norway.

Leslie Y. Tabor, Director, Product Management & Marketing, Advisor Services Client Experience, Charles Schwab, California, USA.

Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Professor, College of San Mateo, California, USA.

Maria Cecilia "Cecile" Gregorio Ascalon, Family Support Services Program Manager, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, California, USA.

Susan Bautista Afan, Chief Marketing Officer, ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Makati City, Philippines.



Builders have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own organization; 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. 

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Aimee Alado, Attorney-At-Law, Chairman, European Network of Filipino Diaspora UK (ENFiD UK), London, UK.

Anny Misa Hefti, Samahang Pilipina Bern, Ruederswil, Switzerland.

Aurora Abella Austriaco, President & Owner, Austriaco and Associates, LTD., Illinois, USA.

Catherine Campbell, Managing Director, Organizational Development Diversity & Inclusion, Charles Schwab, California, USA.

Catherine Salceda Ileto, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Sutherland Global Services, Makati City, Philippines.

Elizabeth J. Bautista, Operations Technology Group Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA.

Grace Trinidad Vergara, Field Director, SEIU Local 1107, Nevada, USA.

Imelda "Emmie" Collado Ortega Anderson, Founder & CEO, Pinoy Power Media, Hawaii, USA.

Leticia "Letty" Quizon, President, The Marketing Edge, Inc. California, USA.

Pet Hartman, Senior Vice President, Global Services Operations, Arch Insurance Group, North Carolina, USA.

Salve Vargas Edelman, Founder, Rising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity (RAPACD) Nevada, USA.

Sonia Lugmao Aranza, President, Aranza Cross-Cultural Strategies; CEO, Global Leadership Development, Virginia, USA.

Stephanie Lomibao, Senior Vice-President, Philanthropy Manager, Bank of America, California, USA.

Tess Martillano-Manjares, Enterprise Services & Chief Information Risk Officer (CIRO) for Latin America and Caribbean, BNY Mellon, New York, USA.

Tiffany Bohee, Executive Director, San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, California, USA.

Trina Villanueva,  Director, Community Outreach/Foundation Officer Corporate Social Responsibility, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., California, USA.


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.

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Francine Maigue, District Director, California State Assembly, 80th District, California, USA.

Juslyn Cabrera Manalo, Community Engagement Associate, Forest City, California, USA.

Kharissa Fernando, Support Manager, Peek, California, USA.

Michelle Joyce Florendo, Founder & Principal, What if You Could, LLC., California, USA.

Noelani Sallings, Director of Business Development, San Jose Jazz; Trustee and Board Member, Santa Clara Unified School District, California, USA.

Patricia Quema La Chica, Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor, Hawaii, USA.


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.

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Ace T. Itchon, President & CEO, Aspen Philippines. Manila, Philippines.

Hedy Marie Leuterio Thomas, PE., President & CEO, Leuterio Thomas Architects and Engineers, Maryland, USA.

Irene Sun-Kaneko, Publisher, Jeepney Press/Chairman UTAWIT and AsiaVox, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

Juanita Nimfa Yamsuan Gamez, President, Caring Hearts Foundation, Inc. & Mission-Hope Developmental Services, Inc., California, USA.

Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves, President, Surrey Hearing Care, British Columbia, Canada.

Myrna Tang Yao, President & CEO, Richwell Trading Corporation and Richprime Global Inc., Quezon City, Philippines.

Tessa Yutadco, Founder & CEO, My Prime, California, USA.


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, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. 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.

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Emma Imperial, President & CEO, Imperial Homes Corporation, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge, Canada.

Melissa Orquiza, Composer, Musician, Walt Disney Studios, California, USA.

Ramona Diaz, Filmmaker, CineDiaz, Maryland, USA.

Vina Lustado, Founder & Owner, Sol Haus Design, California, USA.


Policymakers & Visionaries

This award recognizes Filipina women leaders who have demonstrated exceptional acumen combined with a forward-looking vision in the development or influencing of policies, campaigns or laws that impact business, industry, and society. Leaders who enrich the lives, careers and businesses of others; someone who shares the benefits of their wealth, experience, and knowledge; actions that significantly change how we think and live.

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April Veneracion Ang, Legislative Aide, Supervisor Jane Kim, Board of Supervisors City and County of San Francisco, California, USA.

Lorna G. Schofield, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, New York, USA.

Luisa Vicerra-Blue, Chief Elected Officer, Service Employees International Union Local 521 (SEIU 521), California, USA.



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: A Filipina Woman Leader in every sector of the global economy.

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Amar Bornkamp, Senior Team Manager, Access & Entitlements Integration, Charles Schwab, California, USA.

Alicia Fortaleza, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Institute of Northern California; President, Philippine Nurses Association of Northern California, California, USA.

Bambi Lorica, MD, FAAP, Holistic Pediatrician.

Edcelyn Pujol, CFP, Investment Advisor, Frontier Wealth Strategies, California, USA.

Elena Mangahas, Co-Chair, Little Manila Foundation, California, USA.

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

Maria Beebe, Ph.D., President, Global Networks, Oregon, USA.

Maria Roseni "Nini" M. Alvero, Commercial Counselor of the Philippine Embassy's Commercial Section, Manila, Philippines.

Marily Mondejar, Founder & CEO, Filipina Women's Network, California, USA.

Colonel Shirley S. Raguindin, Chief Diversity Officer, Air National Guard; Chief of Diversity, National Guard Bureau, Maryland, USA.

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

Susie Quesada, President, Ramar Foods International, California, USA.

Thelma Boac, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District, California, USA.