Summit rounds up ‘future leaders’-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
TO CONTINUE its thrust of equipping the Filipino youth with leadership skills required in the corporate world, the Aboitiz Foundation held its eighth Future Leaders Business Summit yesterday in the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel.
Ninety student-leaders from at least 35 universities nationwide are attending this year’s two-day summit, with more than half of them coming from Luzon and the remaining participants coming from the Visayas and Mindanao.
The delegates are a mix of university scholars, varsity athletes, dean’s listers and organization leaders taking up courses in communications, information technology, engineering, history, food technology, social sciences, accountancy and business courses.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures senior vice president and chief human resources officer Xavier Aboitiz said the company holds the summit because it believes “it will bring out the best of the country’s brightest student leaders.”
Eye on talent
The summit is also an opportunity for the company to look out for “competent and fit” individuals who may be eventually recruited for the company’s operations.
The delegates were chosen based on their academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement work and interview results.
Aboitiz added that around 50 percent of the summit graduates since 2006 have become part of the company, while others have ventured into other areas where they have also shown excellence.
Top executives of various Aboitiz units discussed leadership and business concepts like marketing strategy, business development, product brand and sustainability, among others.
City Savings Bank Vice President William Paradies discussed yesterday a marketing strategy and business development model the bank has adopted. City Savings is a thrift bank with a present net income of P500 million.
Paradies said the bank chose teachers as their market since it is a sector “big enough that will allow the company to grow.”
Delegates also got to listen to leadership advice from Jon Ramon Aboitiz, president of Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Bobby Orig, first vice president for Mindanao affairs of Aboitiz Power Corp.; and Romy Ronquillo, a member of the executive committee of the Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
Jon Ramon Aboitiz challenged delegates to cultivate the traits of an exceptional leader and to avoid focusing on power and authority, and instead think about how they can inspire, empower, and build consensus.
“Leadership is a role, not a rank,” Aboitiz said.
Ronquillo discussed the importance of attitude in leadership and the willingness to
lead by example.
Orig encouraged the delegates to choose an organization where they believe they can both “fit in and stand out.”
All three speakers pointed out in their discussions that although leadership is not taught, they can choose to learn about it.
Today, the summit will talk about people development, financial management, corporate social responsibility, and reputation management.
Maria Ressa of Rappler and celebrity Bianca Gonzales will also share their experiences and insights with the delegates.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2013.