Fil-Am entrepreneur named in Carnegie’s 2018 Great Immigrants, Great Americans Tribute

by Ricky Rillera

NEW YORK – Filipino-American entrepreneur Sheila Lirio Marcelo is one of the 38 naturalized citizens named this year by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) in its annual list of Great Immigrants, Great Americans tribute celebrated every Fourth of July since 2006. Through this Great Immigrants initiative, CCNY commemorates the legacy of its founder, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, who himself came to America with his parents in 1848, at the age of 13 to seek a better life. He believed strongly in both immigration and citizenship.

Marcelo is the founder, chairwoman, and CEO of, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, serving more than 28.4 million people across 20 countries. She has been its Chairwoman of the Board since October 2011, CEO since October 2006 and President since October 2006.

She was born and raised in the Philippines and spent part of her childhood in Houston, Texas with her five siblings. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. She is also the youngest recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated magna cum laude with her BA degree in Economics and International Relations. She received a combined Juries Doctor and an MBA from Harvard University.

She lives in Weston, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

According to CCNY, “this year’s honorees represent nearly 30 different countries of origin, a range of personal immigration experiences, and high-level leadership in numerous fields, all of them united through their experience of becoming Americans.” It also said that these naturalized citizens “enrich the fabric of American culture and strengthen our democracy through their lives, their work, and their example.”

“Andrew Carnegie understood that immigrants come here to be a part of America, not apart from America,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “In their faith, their love of family, and their patriotism for their adopted land, these Great Immigrants have done so much — and will do so much more in the future. For this, and for all their contributions, we respect, admire, and celebrate them.”

Prior to founding, Marcelo was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners and held executive positions at Upromise, helping families save for college and at executive search engine She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s Hospital, sits on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and is a member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.

Marcelo is a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation (formerly the Ayala Foundation), a non-profit that works with the Philippine government on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship initiatives. Marcelo also launched, an organization that aims to increase women’s role in the global economy by providing leadership training, mentorship and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers. Women Up has also held female leadership training programs in the United States, Brazil, and the Philippines.

She joins previous Fil-Am honorees named by CCNY: Loida Nicolas-Lewis (2008); Cristeta Comerford (2009); Cheryl Diaz-Mayer (2012); and, Army General Antonio Taguba and A. Gabriel Esteban (2015).

Among the more than 500 distinguished naturalized U.S. citizens named by CCNY since 2006 include men and women who have excelled in science, education, humanities, the law, business, technology, athletes, Nobel laureates, generals, the arts, etc. Madeline Albright, Isaac Asimov, Albert Einstein, Gloria Esteban, Yoyo Ma, Henry Kissinger, An Wang, Patrick Ewing, Arianna Huffington, Ted Koppel, Carlos Santana, Elie Wiesel, Tina Brown, Jerry Yang, Salma Hayek, Juju Chang, Steve Chen are among them.

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