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Welcome to San Francisco!

On behalf of all of us at the Filipina Women's Network, we are delighted that you will be participating in our 8th Filipina Leadership Summit in San Francisco!

Designed around the theme, “Influencing the World: the Future We Make”, we have an exciting Leadership Summit that focuses on building the architecture of Pinay Power by recognizing the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S., and establishing margin-to-center approaches that are marked by collective power, compassion, collaboration, and creativity.

We know some you will be traveling a long distance to join us, so we would like to make sure you have all the information you need to ensure a smooth journey. We recommend that you print this letter or have this information with you as you travel. Please note the following important items prior to your departure:

Summit Dates & Times

Thursday, October 13, 2011*
9:30 am to 7:30 pm then 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday, October 14, 2011
8:00 am to 2:00 pm then 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, October 15, 2011
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

*Registration will begin at 8:30 am on Thursday, October 13 and located at California Suite Foyer in the lower level.

Please plan on participating in all sessions starting from Thursday at 9:30 am to Saturday at 12:00 pm.

The rehearsal on Thursday at 9:00 pm is integral to the Awards Gala ceremony, so please be there at 9:00 pm when you get to meet all your fellow FWN100 awardees for the first time.

In the spirit of the Summit’s interactive format of Dialogue, Analysis, Integration, Wide dissemination, and Engagement (DAIWE), the presenters, performers, and your peers count on your full participation to make the Summit a success!


The recommended dress code for the entire Summit is business or business casual.

For the Awards Gala on Friday night, attire is Formal (long gown), Filipiniana or modern Filipiniana, Barong or Black Tie


San Francisco is a city with temperate, though unpredictable weather. When you visit, you should bring layers of clothing – everything from short to long sleeves, as well as a coat for foggy mornings and cool evenings.

To get a more timely sense of the weather, you may visit the weather page on SF Gate, one of the local news sources for the Bay Area. You will be able to find information about current conditions, as well as a 5-day forecast.

Summit Locations

Keynote Luncheon, Sessions & Awards Gala

Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel
905 California Street (in the Nob Hill district)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Map and Tranportation Info

San Francisco Bay Area Mayors Reception (Oct 13)

South Light Court (ground level)
San Francisco City Hall
One Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Shuttle Information
see Thursday, October 13 Daily Schedule summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org/Oct 13

Map and Directions http://g.co/maps/dfjfz

FWN100 Speed Femtoring 100 Young Pinays (Oct 14)

Carnelian by the Bay
1 Ferry Building Plaza
Ferry Building is at foot of Market Street & Embarcadero
Carnelian by the Bay is behind the Ferry Building

Map and Shuttle Information
See Friday, October 14 Daily Schedule summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org/Oct14

Agency Materials

If you wish to bring materials about your organization to hand out to colleagues, please do.

Air Travel & Ground Transportation

Air travel and ground transportation options can be found in the Summit Logistics page at summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org/logistics

How To Connect at Conferences 

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

What's so hard about going to a conference? You send in your registration, buy your plane ticket, pack your suitcase, and go. Right?
Wrong. That's the way most people go to conventions. What you actually gain from a conference depends on what you do to get the most out of the experience.

Use these 10 tips to make attending a conference a valuable professional and personal experience.
  • Get ready to GIVE. Make a list of things to share with the people you meet: new resources? your special expertise? solutions to problems? successes you’ve experienced?
  • Figure out what you want to GET. Jot down what you want to find: answers to challenges, solutions to problems, resources you need, people you'd like to meet, etc.
  • Take along other people's agendas. Get more bang for your buck and build your relationships with colleagues. Collect their concerns and hunt the answers for them.
  • Focus on the knowledge you need and the skills you want to develop. Sessions will sometimes force you to re-evaluate, plan for the future, expand your horizons.
  • Put ideas to use. Get together with colleagues and have a "How-are-we-going-to-apply-this" brainstorming session after a keynote or presentation.
  • Think of a question to ask a speaker. Let the experts help you solve a problem or meet a challenge.
  • Design your own session. Before the summit begins, plan on introducing yourself to a speaker, a leader, an expert, a counterpart from a similar profession or industry, or an organization you are interested, and plan to get together by phone or coffee after the summit.
  • Volunteer for a task at the conference. Helping out makes it easy to meet people, gain professional visibility, mingle with the leaders, and build a nationwide network.
  • Sit with strangers. Take every opportunity to meet someone new. Tell yourself that there are no accidental meetings and try to figure out what you and the other person have in common.
  • Look for excuses to introduce people to each other. Find out what others are looking for and help them connect with resources and contacts.
Use all these tips and you'll get the most out of meeting so many!

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