Global Pinay Power Launch & DISRUPTing Los Angeles

Global Pinay Power Launch & DISRUPTing Los Angeles

Be part of our history! Join your Filipina Sisters for the official inauguration of the Face of Global Pinay Power. Inspired by the female empowerment image of “Rosie the Riveter” the Filipina Women’s Network is proud to announce the selection of Francine Maigue (Global FWN100™ ’15) of Chula Vista, California as the Face of Global Pinay Power! We’re taking Francine on a Roadshow - so join us in Los Angeles, our first stop. Meet our very own Filipina Rosa.

Catch us in Los Angeles for our official inauguration - LIMITED SEATING RSVP before June 14th: http://www.ffwn.org/event-2251509

V-Day FWN 2016: Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues Goes Out with a Bang!

V-Day FWN 2016: Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues Goes Out with a Bang!

On May 13th, V-Day FWN and the Women of Color United Against Violence cast stood up to raise awareness about violence against women at San Francisco's historical Herbst Theatre to an audience of over 500 people. The production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues raised funds for FWN's Anti-Violence Against Women Campaign and the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, a human rights organization building a Comfort Women Memorial in San Francisco as a place for healing and remembrance. 

A special Comfort Women Extro was presented by Fiona Ma, Chairwoman of the California State Board of Equalization calling for Japan's full responsibility for the largest volume of sex trafficking in modern history.

WooHoo! Ramona Diaz (Global FWN100™ '15) Scores Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

WooHoo! Ramona Diaz (Global FWN100™ '15) Scores Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Baltimore filmmaker Ramona Diaz (Global FWN100™ '15) recently earned the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship which are granted to artists with proven track records and exceptional promise. Ramona is best known for her documentary film, Don't Stop Believin' which chronicles Journey Filipino frontman Arnel Pineda's rise to fame. News story from Baltimore Sun.

ASK A FILIPINA: #26 Leadership Tip from Gloria T. Caoile (U.S. FWN100™ '07, Global FWN100™ '13)

ASK A FILIPINA: #26 Leadership Tip from Gloria T. Caoile (U.S. FWN100™ '07, Global FWN100™ '13)

Develop your people skills. Having people skills; being approachable, friendly, pleasant and respectful of others; requires that you actually interact with humans. Even in a technology-centric world, face time is essential for establishing relationships. When you're able to make others feel at ease, they're more likely to cooperate. 

- Gloria T. Caoile, National Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, U.S. FWN100™ '07, Global FWN100™ '13

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Al Perez (FWN100 Keeper of the Flame) and Ruth Asmundson (Global FWN100™ '14) Joins Delegation in Fight to Include Contributions of Filipinos in WWII into California Education Curriculum

Al Perez (FWN100 Keeper of the Flame) and Ruth Asmundson (Global FWN100™ '14) Joins Delegation in Fight to Include Contributions of Filipinos in WWII into California Education Curriculum

The 17-person delegation that trooped to Sacramento recently to press for the inclusion of the role of Filipino soldiers in World War II in California’s school curriculum hoped to get good news. They were somewhat disappointed. The delegation led by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society (BLHS) included Filipino American Arts Exposition President and FWN100 Keeper of the Flame Al Perez; Ruth Asmundson (Global FWN100 '14); BLHS board members Major (Retired) Rick Villarina (Air Force) and Robert Hansen; former Lowell High School Dean Ray Cordoba; retired Judge Betty Bucat and Consul Reginald Bernabe, among others.

Filipino Bakery Workers Win $15 Million Human Trafficking Suit

Filipino Bakery Workers Win $15 Million Human Trafficking Suit

Eleven Filipino bakery workers say they won $15 million in damages in a human trafficking lawsuit against a couple who they said forced them to do housework after arriving in the United States and paid them a meagre wages. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles said Friday that a federal judge in Los Angeles granted the judgment on behalf of the workers last week. News story from The Associated Press via Toronto Sun.

Member Spotlight: Denise Miles (U.S. FWN100™ '09) and Aimee Alado (Global FWN100™ '15)

Denise Miles

Denise Miles
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Denise Miles is a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Diversity and Inclusion in the Government and Community Relations group.  She serves as Manager for Strategic Partnerships where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with national nonprofit organizations.  

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2004, she worked as a Community Development Officer in the San Francisco Area, managing economic development and affordable housing programs in partnership with nonprofits.  Miles began her career at Wells Fargo in Corporate Communications supporting the Community Bank for the San Francisco-Bay Region.

Prior to Wells Fargo, Miles worked for the City and County of San Francisco in Mayor Willie L. Brown’s Office of Neighborhood Services. There she served as the Community Liaison for several districts and the Filipino community.  

Before working with Mayor Brown, Miles was an Assignment Editor at KTVU-TV, a FOX affiliate in Bay Area. She also freelanced for Fox News Network and Fox Sports Network, and was a news producer for KTVN-TV in Reno, Nevada.

Miles has received several awards including the National Urban League’s 2013 Donald H. McGannon Award, the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. and the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition’s Emerging Leaders Award. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University.  

Aimee Alado

Aimee Alado
Attorney-at-Law, Executive Committee Member at AUBF (ASEAN UK Business Forum)
London, United Kingdom

What's the best part of being a Filipina woman leader? The best part of being a Filipina woman leader is the ability and opportunity to inspire the group that you lead coming from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal. The challenge and the life transformation is not only for others but also a personal transformation for me. I always draw inspiration from the word synergy, one of my many favourites, whereby the interaction, cooperation amongst the members of my group has always a combined effect greater than the sum of our separate effects.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that faces the next generation of Filipina women? Someone has said that “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. And already, with the way things are, we are creating a future generation that is a lot more competitive; a world that is a lot more complex but with big challenges comes tremendous opportunities. I think the challenge really is how to equip this next generation of Filipina women to deal with these grand challenges and problems and come out as the most successful leaders from the lot  instead of just being followers.