11th Filipina Leadership Global Summit

Filipina Women Who Could Be President Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Filipina Women Who Could Be President Fellowship Training is a selective part-time leadership development program for future politicians, entrepreneurs, senior and executive leaders in the United States.  The Filipina fellowship program will begin in 2012. 

Based on established leadership competencies which includes cohort training, coaching and femtoring, the program gives Filipina women leaders the skillsets and networks they need to develop and manage highly effective campaigns and organizations in the private and public sectors.

Program Elements

During the program, Fellows will work with FWN Faculty comprised of national experts, guest trainers, management consultants, successful entrepreneurs, elected officials and campaign consultants to build their leadership and management skills and prepare for entrepreneurship, political office, and senior / executive leadership positions.


FWN Fellows will participate in:

  • Training Workshops
  • One-on-one and Small Group Coaching
  • Project-based Learning
  • Networking
  • Complete individual project that solves a social issue and benefits the community

Application Process and Commitment:
  • The application process will require applicant to choose one of three leadership training tracks –entrepreneurship, public service, or management.
  • FWN will select up to 28 participants carefully selected to represent the Filipino American community in terms of leadership potential, volunteer experience and a strong interest in one of the three learning areas.
  • Because self-awareness is a key aspect of the leadership program, applicants when accepted, will be asked to fill out several assessment surveys prior to attending.  Some of the surveys require that evaluations be completed by the participant’s superiors, peers and direct reports.
  • Participants will meet for 2 ½ days for 4 sessions in San Francisco + a bonus session by attending the Filipina Summit. One session may be planned in another city if sponsorship is secured.
  • Commitment is paramount – participants will commit to all sessions and will only be allowed to miss one excused absence. Will not officially graduate if participant does not make up the missed class.

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Organizational Outcomes:

  • Build the Filipina community's and FWN’s pipeline of qualified leaders, to increase the odds that some will rise to the “President” position in all sectors (government, corporate, business, nonprofit, military and public service).
  • The participant’s sponsoring organization, will gain a high-potential employee who will learn the critical qualities and behaviors that lead to success in leadership, management and executive roles.


Participant Outcomes:
  • Gain an honest picture of leadership strengths and developmental needs, and recognize learning priorities.
  • Increase understanding of the perceptions and issues surrounding women’s leadership.
  • Leverage the advantages of a bi-cultural identity, clarifying personal values and their fit within the organizational culture.
  • Explore the choices, tradeoffs and rewards as multicultural women juggling personal and professional goals.
  • Develop a personal model of power and influence and effectively apply it in the workplace.
  • Learn the skill of receiving and giving authentic feedback.
  • Learn strategies to overcome the biases and discomforts and exercise political know-how.
  • Design a continuous learning development plan with a career coach

Curriculum Design & Faculty

  • Faculty will be recruited from experts with actual business, management or political campaign experience, rather than theory, from practitioners, elected officials, political consultants, corporate executives and leaders,
  • The leadership program incorporates a strategy for change grounded on research and a continuing study which focuses on key events that have impacted the careers of high potential managers. 
  • The program will utilize the 360-degree, multi-rater feedback instrument from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) that will provide the participants a confidential report on how they are doing compared to a similar norm group.
  • Provides feedback on how successful leaders develop and why they derail*.

*Derailment refers to why leaders who were expected to succeed in their organizations but had their careers dropped involuntarily by being demoted, plateaued, or fired.

Fellowship Training is designed around the following *Leadership Competencies:

1)  Leading the Organization
  • Resourcefulness
  • Decisiveness
  • Being a Quick Study

 2)  Leading Yourself

  • Self-Awareness
  • Straightforwardness and Composure
  • Balance Between Personal Life and Work
  • Doing Whatever It Takes
  • Career Management

 3)  Leading Others

  • Self-Awareness
  • Building and Mending Relationships
  • Leading Employees/Volunteers
  • Compassion and Sensitivity
  • Participative Management
  • Putting People at Ease
  • Differences Matter
  • Confronting Problem Employees / Volunteers

 4)  Global Competencies

  • Decision Maker
  • Negotiator
  • Business Knowledge
  • Coping
  • International Business
  • Perspective Taking
  • Innovator
  • Cultural Adaptability
Potential for Derailment:

In addition, the 360-degree feedback instrument identifies 5 potential flaws that may stall or derail a promising career:

  • Problems with Interpersonal Relationships
  • Difficulty Building and Leading a Team
  • Difficulty Changing or Adapting
  • Failure to Meet Business Objectives
  • Too Narrow Functional Orientation
*Leadership Competencies and Derailment Factors are based on research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership

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