ABS-CBN executives Cory Vidanes, Malou Santos recognized globally as Filipinas of distinction

ABS-CBN Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes and ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer of Star Creatives Malou N. Santos have been selected as Most Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women's Network.

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, mentorship and legacy. Vidanes and Santos were selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.

Vidanes was selected under the BUILDERS category. This award honors Filipina women for demonstrating exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances on behalf of her own organization; and demonstrating high potential and skill with measurable results in the private sector or public sector. “Buildership” is about building better organizations or leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align.

Santos was selected under the FOUNDER and PIONEER award category. This award honors Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow. This award category is for the trailblazers who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address significant business or organizational opportunity.

“The Global FWN100™ women are 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 Josephine Romero, chair of the Global FWN100™ Worldwide Search and Selection Committee. “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 and FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy by 2020. The awardees are asked to re-invent themselves by paying forward, femtoring a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on August 21-24, 2016 in Cebu, Philippines at the Shangri-La Mactan.

“Cory V. Vidanes and Malou N. Santos are now partners 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 Marily Mondejar, FWN’s founder & CEO. "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 the largest recorded diaspora in modern times."

“The summit’s theme this year is Influence. Accelerate. Action. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Pinay 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.”

The Filipina Summit’s aspirational sessions include “Smart. Young. Unintimidated. Next Generation Leaders. Yes. We. Are.”, Make Me A Filipina Millionaire, and Make Me A Filipina CEO. The popular “Pinay Speed Femtoring” with selected 100 young Filipina professionals who will meet and learn from the Global FWN100™ awardees is much awaited. Topic sessions include: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), Economic Empowerment, Health and Well-Being, Violence Against Women, and Entrepreneurship Breakthroughs.

Sponsors who have partnered to-date with FWN are Wells Fargo, AT&T, Seven Seven Corporate Group, Ramar Foods International, and 5M. To sponsor the Filipina Leadership Summit or attend the gala awards ceremony, go to http://www.filipinasummit.org/register