PBCom exec among 100 most influential Pinays

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Thursday, March 6, 2014


THE Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel in California became the site of an opposite diaspora, as it gathered outstanding Filipina leaders from all around the world -- 100 of them, to be exact.

Organized by the Filipina Women's Network (FWN), a private, non-profit organization based in the United States, this initiative to honor the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World was launched in September and culminated last week in an awarding ceremony.

"FWN is building on the great success of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States Awards," said FWN president Susie Quesada.

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"Launched in 2006, we wanted to create strong leadership in the Filipina American community by 2012. We have achieved that goal and we now have identified the accomplished women who are significantly changing public perceptions of Filipina women's capacities to lead, innovate and influence US society and the workplace. These leaders are also mentoring young Filipina women to succeed in their careers. Going global is the next logical step and this campaign will culminate in the year 2020," she added.

“The Global100 Awards is the heart of FWN's Filipina Global Power 2020 Vision: to build the Filipina community's pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the president position in all industry sectors worldwide,” added Marily Mondejar, FWN's CEO.

In their search for empowered and empowering Filipinas spanning the world, they have chosen to include one who is now very much on Philippine soil -- Nina Aguas, PBCom president and chief executive officer.

True to the definition of the award, Aguas, an internationally renowned, 35-year veteran of banking who among many other accolades, had the honor of being the first female country manager of an international bank and the woman responsible for several Asian markets during her tenure, has taken on the challenge of PBCom with incredible zeal and passion, a focus on people and organizational culture and leadership by example.

This is rooted as well in her life philosophy: "I believe that you can always change your circumstances. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' This quote resonates with me, because I am a dreamer. I came from very humble beginnings, but that never deterred me from achieving my dreams."

In mere months, she successfully executed the rebranding of the bank, launching the new logo that features a victorious dragon, conducting an end-to-end review of the bank’s products suite and transforming the former bank branches into business centers -- all to prove positive the PBCom banner of "Next Level Banking."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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