Women’s group seeks nominations for ‘100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Awards’

by Kobakila News

SAN FRANCISCO (July 19) —  The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) is seeking nominations for its “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Awards.”  The award honors women who are changing the face of power in America and who have reached status for outstanding work in their fields and are known for their leadership and achievements.  This year’s deadline to submit nominations is July 30.

Nominations are being accepted via the FWN nomination secure website (https://filipinawomensnetwork.wufoo.com/forms/100-most-influential-filipina-women-in-the-us/).

The awards program is part of a larger game plan called “Pinay Power 2012” — a dream with a meaningful purpose — to double the number of Filipina women leaders by 2012.  This prestigious recognition is a working award – the winners are invited to “womentor” a protégée . Both leaders are invited to return to the Filipina Leadership Summit in 2012.

“We seek dynamic leaders who are influential in their respective fields and local communities. It is important that we find these role models as powerful examples of women conducting extraordinary work to inspire our youth and future leaders,” remarked Lieutenant Colonel Shirley Saoit Raguindin of the Arizona National Guard.

Raguindin is the Chair of the FWN 100 Nationwide Search and Selection Committee.

“Since the awards was launched in 2007, participation is expanding, we are hoping that each state in the U.S. is represented,” she added.

The judging process begins with a review of the qualified nominees based on six categories and selection criteria.  The final judging is completed by a team of  2007 Awardees, which include: Ellen Abellera, Executive Director, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (Washington); Lieutenant Colonel Shirley Saoit Raguindin of the Arizona National Guard (Arizona); Edith Mijares Ardiente, Vice President, Environmental Affairs. Navistar, Inc. (Illinois); Ruth Asmundson, Mayor, City of  Davis (California); Jocelyn Bernal, Budget Manager, Carat USA (New York); Thelma Boac, Principal, Silver Creek High School (San Jose, CA); Rose-Ann Ubarra Cunanan, Program Director, FAHSI (New York); Sonia Delen, Senior Vice President, Banc of America Leasing (San Francisco, CA); Dr. Bambi Lorica, Asia America Initiative (Washington DC) ; Lilia Villanueva, Owner, TAMA Gallery (New York); Dr. Mutya San Agustin, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York); and Gloria T. Caoile, Senior Political Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (Washington, DC).

FWN is the non-profit association for women of Philippine ancestry based in the United States.  FWN’s mission is to advance Filipina women in the U.S. workplace through programs and activities that enhance public perceptions of Filipina women’s capacities to lead, change biases against Filipina women’s leadership abilities and build the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders, to increase the odds that some will rise to the president position in all sectors. More info:  415.278.9410 or http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org.

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