Myrna T. Yao, CEO of Richprime Global Inc. (Global FWN™ '15) got her first entrepreneurial start at her family's sari-sari store and selling accessories to her classmates in Bicol. She now heads Richwell Trading, a leader in distribution and retail of branded consumer goods in the Philippines. Yao was recently interviewed by ABS-CBN where she shared meaningful insight on micro-entrepreneurship as the chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women. In support of women's entrepreneurship, Yao shared, “if you have an idea, don’t wait, and if you’re afraid to make mistakes, mistakes will make you learn and will make you grow. So any problem that comes, you just have to face it and then you will learn from it and you will grow from it. And then you will be a better person and a better entrepreneur." Watch the video interview after the jump.
PhilStar's Joanne Rae M. Ramirez pays congratulations to filmmaker Ramona Diaz on her Global FWN™ '15 award. "It is a much deserved accolade for Diaz, whose film Imelda, a full-length documentary about the former First Lady of the Philippines, garnered the Excellence in Cinematography Award for documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the ABCNews VideoSource Award from the IDA. In an interview with FWN, Diaz said she makes films about “the Filipino experience for a global audience. We are often represented as minor characters, even in our own narratives. We seldom see ourselves represented on the screen in a lead role." News story from PhilStar.
Chairwoman and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn Malalis (U.S. FWN100™ '09) weighs in on her leadership style, the virtue of multi-tasking and being comfortable in her own skin as a queer woman of color in this interview with Adam Bryant for Corner Office, a weekly New York Times column on leadership.
Is the Internet slowing down for all of us?
Eight months ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began an unprecedented effort to regulate the Internet with telephone rules from the 1930s. Since then, the private investment needed to create better Internet service has declined noticeably. During the first half of 2015, Internet investment dropped 8%, according to figures released by major Internet providers. Excluding wireless providers, the fall was even greater – down 12%.
This is a call for abstracts for the next book on Filipina Global Leadership. The book builds on the FWN’s first leadership book titled “DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading without a Doubt.” launched in October 2014. Go to http://www.filipinaleadership.org/ for more info. Key themes for individual chapters include disruptions in your life that you have overcome and disruptions that you have initiated; leadership competencies you developed for yourself, for leading others, and your organization; and, legacy building for the next generation. A synthesis chapter will pull together key themes and make recommendations for aspiring leaders and thought leaders in the sectors represented.
This CALL for Abstracts is for U.S. and Global FWN100™ Awardees (2007-2015) and are in good membership standing with the Filipina Women's Network.
To join or renew your FWN member dues, please go to http://ffwn.org/MembershipApplication before you submit an abstract.
Filipina Electrochemist Aisa Mijeno, inventor of SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) an LED lamp that runs on seawater, recently met with President Obama for an opportunity of a lifetime at APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). Mijeno shared a stage with Obama and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Jack Ma where she introduced her unique lamp concept which avoids the hazards of a combustible fuel and can last up to six months. The platform shone a spotlight on various Filipino start-ups and will undoubtedly bring in funding and collaborative opportunities for Mijeno.
News story from Bloomberg Business.
Arizza Nocum, daughter of a Muslim mother and a Christian father, knows a thing or two about bridging the gap between faiths for mutual respect and peace-building. She and her family have built six libraries around the Philippines since 2008, many of which are in child soldier recruitment camps. Nocum shared her unique perspective during her One Young World Summit speech last week in Bangkok. She called on the international community to understand how conflict is often driven by poverty, injustice and history. She believes empathy through cultural exchanges and inter-faith dialogue, like her Kris Library venture, is but one way to curb radicalization on the individual-level. News story from The Philippine Inquirer.
28 year old documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani was recently named BBC's Top 100 Women of 2015. Bacani has also been shortlisted numerous times for National Geographic magazine's photo competition in Hong Kong where she works as a domestic worker. Bacani's photos of everyday urban life in Hong Kong have been published in the New York Times and Vogue Italia. In an earlier feature in The Philippine Inquirer, Bacani took a personal stance to describe how photography has a political function in upending the stereotypes that OFWs face: “It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a domestic worker. In fact, I’m proud of my job. But you also can’t deny that there’s discrimination, judgment and stereotyping when you’re an OFW. So, photography for me is a protection against racism and discrimination.” Story from The Philippine Inquirer.