FWN IN THE NEWS: Carmelyn Malalis, U.S. FWN100™ '09, Pushes for Equality in the Workplace

FWN IN THE NEWS: Carmelyn Malalis, U.S. FWN100™ '09, Pushes for Equality in the Workplace

Filipino American lawyer and FWN member Carmelyn P. Malalis, who was appointed Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights in November last year by Mayor Bill de Blasio, is expected to push hard for equality in the work place.

Malalis has a history of successfully combating discrimination and harassment in the workplace through her representation of employees from a variety of industries and income levels. Her dual role as Chair and Commissioner positions her to lead investigations of complaints of discrimination and retaliation in employment, housing and public accommodation.

Spotlight on FWN Members: Rocio Nuyda, US FWN100™ '12 and Vivian Zalvidea Araullo, US FWN100™ '12

Rocio Nuyda

Rocio Nuyda

Owner, Grace Events; U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance

Reseda, California

Community Involvement: Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance. In this capacity, she supports the organization's advocacies to promote upright ethics in public service. She is also actively involved in community programs in Los Angeles for the advancement of Filipino Culture and the Filipino American community as a whole. 

First job in the US: Office Manager

FilAm Shero In America: Loida Nicolas Lewis embodies the spirit of Godliness in advocating her favorite causes. In a speech before the Global Summit of Filipinos she said, "Whether we sit in an executive office as a CEO or a babysitter in a private home, our being Filipinos enables us to anticipate how the other person is feeling and we respond positively or react humanely." On many occasions I have partnered with her in advancing many worthwhile programs or projects that have significant impact or influence on the global community, and doing so has made me a firsthand witness to her understated elegance in leadership.

Proudest Professional Achievement: As an immigrant and naturalized citizen, she started from the ranks. Through hard work and dignified performance, she rose to the highest position in corporate America, second to the owners of the companies that she worked for. Without any intent to be braggadocious, she has many proud moments. But, the one that she is proudest about is leaving a trail and reputation of successful leadership in mentoring budding managers who reported to her. These managers continue to be trailblazers in the credit card industry; and they are quick to acknowledge that it was through her mentorship that they learned the ropes.

Biggest workplace challenge as a Fil-Am woman: Throughout the course of her career in America, she was pitted against Ivy league educated men who held equal rank executive positions as her. These men's first impression of a minority, petite woman who spoke with an accent, was less positive than the norm. At the onset, she had to prove herself. When they soon found out that she could hold her own, she could not be intimidated, and what she had to say had substance they treated me with reverence not only as a peer but as a woman of equal competence.

Five year goal: To build a foundation for the children's choir of my parish school and leave a legacy of quality musical and professional education. She hopes that through a foundation many generations of young musical talents will be introduced to higher form of musicality and she also hopes that through solid musical programs the young talents grow a keen appreciation of the arts.

The one thing that nobody would guess about her: You would never guess that she is by nature a shy person. 

Filipino custom or tradition that she would like to pass on to others: The tradition of "pamanhikan." That today's generation may continue to follow the refinement of the old world in formally "asking" for the hand of a woman in marriage. That, modern day men may be cognizant of such tradition so that modern day women are treated with respect and deference as it it pertains to this tradition.


Vivian Araullo

Vivian Zalvidea Araullo

Executive Director, Westbay

South San Francisco, California

First job in the U.S.: Associate Editor, Filipinas Magazine

Fil-Am s/hero in the U.S.: Natalie Coughlin. This Filipino American Olympic gold medalist proudly acknowledges her Filipino Heritage. She is a strong, determined Filipina American woman who is proud of her roots.

Proudest professional achievement: She created a series of public service fairs that brought together service providers who donated their time and talent to give Filipino Americans free service and advice immigration, health, debt, and foreclosure. The events helped thousands by raising funds to help less fortunate Filipinos in the Philippines. They were able to create a circle of giving and helping that crossed the Pacific and created a global Filipino community that exemplified the value of "bayanihan."

Biggest workplace challenge as a Fil-Am woman: As a female leader and a single mother in the corporate structure, she sometimes felt that she had to work harder to achieve respect and credibility within her organization. This also affects her work-life balance.

Five year goal: To create a truly powerful global community of overseas Filipinos who can affect changes in policy in the Philippines. I plan to achieve this by initiating a portal for information and news sharing among overseas Filipino communities across the world, now estimated at about 11 million strong.

The one thing that nobody would guess about me: She is a yoga instructor whose dream is to open a studio that could be a safe, quiet place to help people achieve wellness through yoga and meditation.

Filipino custom or tradition I would like to pass on to others: Bayanihan, which she would define by harnessing the community spirit to help others. In her opinion, Filipinos are generally hospitable, friendly and really want to help others. Bayanihan would go a long way in today's world.


FWN IN THE NEWS: Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, U.S. FWN100™ '07, speaks on homelessness

 FWN IN THE NEWS: Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, U.S. FWN100™ '07, speaks on homelessness

Honolulu City Councilwoman and FWN member Kymberly Marcos Pine talks about her concerns about banning sitting and lying down on sidewalks at a rally Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Honolulu. A group of affordable housing advocates in Hawaii is calling on city and state leaders to take action on homelessness.

Kudos To Col. Shirley Raguindin, FWN Board Member, U.S. FWN100™ '07 and Global FWN100™ '13 On Her Recent Visit To Hawaii

Kudos To Col. Shirley Raguindin, FWN Board Member, U.S. FWN100™ '07 and Global FWN100™ '13 On Her Recent Visit To Hawaii

Col. Shirley Raguindin's recent visit to Hawaii was a success! She participated in a book reading and mentorship session with Dr. Agbayani, UH Manoa Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity Director, 30 Filipina Professors, Community leaders and youth.  She also participated in two radio talk programs - KPRR with Emmie Anderson and KNDI Radio Talk, on Global Filipina Leadership.  


EVENT: Shine - An Evening Of Inspiring Women and Girls

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Join Oasis for Girls for an evening of shining and inspiring women and girls on October 22nd to network with other amazing Bay Area women leaders and allies as well as help raise critical funds to support our RISE Life Skills, CREATE Arts Education, ENVISION College & Career, and our newest program, LEAD Leadership Qualities.

Discover the amazing things Oasis girls are doing--and meet some of the women who inspire them to SHINE every day!
Tasty Hors D'Oeuvres & Wine Prepared by Twitter Chefs
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October 22, 2015, Twitter Headquarters
1355 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
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