FWN Gala Awards Ceremony held at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in Toronto, Canada

ABS-CBN Canada Marketing Head Rosary Escaño (5th from left) is shown here with fellow Filipina Canadians, from left, Intercontinental Toronto Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing Mary Ann Gamboa, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Girly Garcia, Her Worship Justice Mila Eustaquio-Syme, FWN Board Member Maria Greaves, Escaño, Senior Philippine Trade Commissioner Nini Alvero, and former Executive Director and Senior Adviser of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Cora Dela Cruz. Not in photo is Ana Karina Tabunar, director for corporate communications of Sodexo Canada, based in Ottawa.

ABS-CBN Canada Marketing Head Rosary Escaño has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN).

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship (female mentorship) and legacy. Escaño was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.

Escaño won under the category of BEHIND THE SCENES LEADERS. This award category recognizes Filipina women who may not have the big title or corner office, but is a driving force behind the success of a social cause or life issue, a community organization’s project or initiative; or her employer’s organizational business unit or department. Someone who has gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to advocate for those who need a voice, or support the organization she represents or works for.


The 2017 recipients of Global FWN100 Award™

“The Global FWN100™ women are either dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose: FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees were asked to re-invent herself by femtoring (female mentoring) a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

“Rosary Escaño is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position in all sectors of the global economy, ” added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’s Board Chair. “We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part of the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.”

“The summit’s theme this year is Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”

“It is such an honor to receive this award and stand beside amazing Filipina leaders from 12 countries. I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting former mentors, university batchmates and fellow Filipina-Canadians among this group of inspiring and uplifting women. I thank FWN for bringing the Filipina women of the world together to plan the future for our next generation leaders in business and industry,” says Escaño.


About Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)
The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) is a U.S. (San Francisco) based international advocacy organization that seeks to increase the power of Filipina women as leaders and policy makers at all levels in corporate, government, institutions and community organizations to achieve economic and social justice and women’s rights. With members in 25 countries, FWN provides the content, credibility and a worldwide network to support the success of Filipina women in their businesses and careers.
More info: http://www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org

About the Filipina Leadership Global Summit
The annual Summit brings together Filipina women global leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures for discussions, learning journeys, “kwentuhan strategies” on how to succeed as multi-cultural professionals and private chats to ignite cooperation through public and private partnerships. The high-powered gathering is a vital part of FWN’s Pinay Power 2020 Mission: A Filipina leader in every sector of the economy. It is the leading forum of its kind in the Filipina global community, which inspires a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community. The summit raises funds for FWN’s programs to raise awareness of FWN’s pipeline development of qualified next generation leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “CEO-suite” position so Filipina women can be part of decisions and policies made that impact the lives of women and families.
More info: http://www.filipinasummit.org

About the Global FWN100™ Awards
The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. The awardees are asked to femtor a young Filipina through the FEMtorship initiative and bring her to the Filipina Summit.
More info: http://www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/fwn100/

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