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100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. (2012)

 Officially recognized at a Gala Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the 9th Filipina Leadership Summit 

August 30-September 1, 2012 in San Francisco 

To register for the summit, go to www.filipinawomensnetwork.org/events

 Behind the Scenes Leaders
recognize Filipina women who, though they may not have the big title or corner office, are a driving force behind the success of their U. S. based employer or community organization and who have gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to support their organization.

Angie Louie
Hana Zen, Inc.

Edcelyn Pujol
Certified Financial Planner Professional,
Northwestern Mutual

JoAnn Fields
Associate Director, Outreach and Communications
Reality Changers

Marian Catedral-King
PGPA Representative

Maritessa Bravo Ares
Executive Program Assistant
Green For All

Pureza Belza
University of The Philippines Nursing Alumni Association-U.S.A., Inc.

Theresa Noriega-Lum
Finance Director
Black Rock

Yong Chavez
TV Reporter/Newspaper Columnist
ABS-CBN, TFC, & Pacific Daily News (Gannett)

Builders &
Emerging Leaders
have either made their mark or are making their mark in a large workplace environment, demonstrating competence and leadership at a nonprofit institution, government agency, or corporation in any field.

Belinda Munoz
Executive Director
Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation

Cora Aragon Soriano
Los Angeles Filipino Association Employees

Cynthia A. Bonta
Philippine National Day Association (PNDA)

Eleanore Fernandez
Purchaser/Marketing Specialist
The Young Filipino Professionals Association
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Esther Lee
District Governor (former)
San Francisco Marina-North Beach Lions
Lions Clubs International

Jacqueline Dumlao Yu
Horton, Roberts & West LLP
KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress
Filipino American Democratic Club of San Francisco

Lili Tarachand
Founder and CEO
LTD Global, LLC

Nadia Catarata Jurani
CPA, Attorney at Law
Nadia C. Jurani, Esq., LLC

Natalie C. Aliga
Grants Administrator
AAA Northern California
Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange

Olivia Finina De Jesus
Board Member/Vice Chairman
ABS-CBN Foundation, N.A.
VP - Managing Director & Head of Global Content Strategy
ABS-CBN International, N.A.

Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz, J.D.
Opinion Editorial/Features Writer
Asian Journal Publications, Inc.

Rita Dela Cruz
Audit Partner
Lindquist, von Husen & Joyce LLP

Rocio Nuyda
Owner, Grace Events
U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance

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Sheryll Casuga, Psy.D.
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Sport Psychologist

Stefanie Medious
Regional Sales Manager

Theresa Chua

honors Filipina women in the U.S. whose words, actions, and activism, inspire others to act and revolutionize our society's way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs. This category is inspired by "Nicole" who sparked an international dialogue about women's rights, national sovereignty, and international law as she steadfastly pursued justice against her rapists.

Nilda Guanzon Valmores
Executive Director
My Sister's House

Paulita Lasola Malay
Marriage & Family Therapist / Psychotherapist

Founders & Pioneers
honor Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a United States based company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow.

Betty O. Buccat
Administrative Law Judge
California State Department of Social Services

Conchita Bathan

Core Tech International Corporation

Constance Valencia Santos
Filipino American Council of Chicago

Elaine R. Serina PhD
Talas Engineering, Inc.

Josie Jones
Admiral Home Health, Inc.
Alpha Hospice Care, Inc.
Admiral Hospice Care, Inc.

Kristine Custodio
San Diego Paralegal Association

Victoria J. Santos
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) East Bay

  • Arnold Pedrigal
  • Bambi Lorica MD
  • Benel Se-Liban
  • Bennie Lou Quevedo
  • Cecilia Gunning
  • Cesar Pujol
  • Charina Carrera
  • Cherina Tinio
  • Christina Laskowski
  • Cora Oriel
  • Diana Reyes Baughman
  • Edcelyn Pujol
  • Elena Mangahas
  • Dr. Emily Murase
  • Ernesto Pamolarco Jr
  • Genevieve Jopanda
  • Gloria T. Caoile
  • Dr. Grace Roldan
  • Gurpreet Kaur
  • Helen Marte Bautista
  • Henni Espinosa
  • Jocelyn Bruce MD
  • Joel Jacinto
  • Joel Harris
  • Judy Arteche-Carr
  • Laymon Jones
  • Lumen Castaneda
  • Maile Collmer
  • Marily Mondejar
  • Mark Duldulao
  • Mary Carmen Madrid-Crost
  • Melissa Ramoso
  • Mylene Cahambing
  • Natalie Aliga
  • Nerissa Fernandez
  • Nicki Spritzer
  • Ninotchka Rosca
  • Paulina Tupaz
  • Rauli Butler
  • Rocio Nuyda
  • Rodel Rodis
  • Romeo S. Jurani
  • Rosemarie Santos
  • Selenna Franco-Cefre
  • Sonia T. Delen
  • Susan Afan
  • Susie Quesada
  • Vangie Buell
  • Victoria J. Santos

U.S. States Represented by 2012 Finalists

  1. California
  2. Guam
  3. Hawaii
  4. Illinois
  5. Maryland
  6. Nevada
  7. New York
  8. New Jersey
  9. Virginia
  10. Washington DC
Innovators and
Thought Leaders

recognize women who have broken new ground through vibrant, energetic presentations of critical ideas, transforming the way people think, in business and in the fields of sports, literature, the arts and pop culture, or have improved the lives of others by helping develop a product or service in the fields of science, engineering, technology, biotechnology or medicine.

Ann Fajilan
Associate Professor
California State University, East Bay

Cris Comerford
Executive Chef
The White House

Janet Nepales
Manila Bulletin

Maricel Quiroz
Keyrose Corporation

Penélope V. Flores
Professor Emeritus
San Francisco State University

Vivian Zalvidea Araullo

Head of News Production
Executive Director
ABS-CBN International - The Filipino

Policymakers & Visionaries
recognize Filipina women leaders who have made or are making a difference in U. S. government policies or laws that impact business, industry, and society and who enrich the lives and careers of others by sharing the benefits of their wealth, experience, and knowledge.

Alicia Fortaleza
Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Institute of Northern California
Nursing Supervisor, Laguna Honda Hospital

Rosita Galang
Professor Emeritus/ Educational Consultant
University of San Francisco

Zenda Garcia-Lat, M.D.
National President
University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America
Co-Founder of "Handog Ngiti" Gift of Smile Foundation

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