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Global Women Who RULE Summit Features 22 Empowering Stories from Accomplished Filipinas

It is year 4 for Global Women Who RULE Summit and its growth has been exponential. Created amid uncertainty in 2021, GWWR started as a small group of 22 women collectively invited by Apple Esplana-Manansala, CEO of The New Channel, and Founder of GWWR. The lockdown was in place, online the prevailing platform and it was easy enough to meet minds and fuse ideas—and the first GWWR Summit was staged. Every year since, 22 accomplished women, nominated by their peers or those who can be reached online through TNC judged by a responsible jury, joined GWWR and the Summit is now an annual hybrid event attended by women from all over the Philippines and the world.

“Global Women Who RULE as a movement welcomes this year’s 22 new profiles. When we started our community of accomplished women from across industries and demographics, we represented different industries and interests. What bound us together is what we saw were the good in people, those who want to contribute to the publicand inspire leadership and action to help rebuild lives. I hope we are doing well because we have been getting support from many sectors. I think our humble intentions are generating interest,” says Manansala.

Reaching many countries and cities around the Philippines and the world, covering 5 continents for the past 3 years—GWWR once again, goes live on 25th May 2024 at the TNC’s Orange Studio and in Manila, and will stream on The New Channel’s website and social media platforms. The hype is real, and the buzz is getting louder. GWWR is meant to produce good vibes and drive social good that is women-led, of course. But, lifting lofty causes that include Education, Mental Health, Financial Literacy, Human Rights specifically Violence Against Women (VAWC) and Health is more than just ticking the Good Deed buttons. For GWWRand for Manansala, this is serious business.

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“I am an entrepreneur at heart. At The New Channel, we are raising the flag of our very own GWWR because we believe this is beyond business. This is the story of our lives and the story of the lives we want to reach. At the heart of Global Women Who RULE is our pledge as The New Channel to help encourage Filipino women to be brave and believe in their dreams, and be innovative. GWWR and TNC are here so women can have a platform,” says the CEO.  

This year’s 22 GWWR profiles include some Filipino women leaders who are based abroad such as Ar. Lovanne Gallo, Founding Chairman of Sustainable World Act Now (SWAN) from Sydney AustraliaSheu is also an International Ambassador of The Women of Global Change WGC USA; Joyce Mesina Garcia, Executive Vice Chair of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Austin, Texas, USA and owner of Legacy Ensured Group; Kate Hancock, Founder of the Global AI Council, an entrepreneur and a Speaker at Harvard Business School; Dr. Daffodils Guevarra, Branch Manager and Senior General Practitioner for the past 15 years at Prime Medical Centre in Dubai Reef Mall Branch, United Arab Emirates; and Atty. Elaine Bordeaux, Immigration Lawyer and Sculptor from Colorado Springs, USA. 

Celebrity and mainstream supers stars are also joining this year’s GWWR such as Antoinette Jadaone, Multi-Awarded Film Director and Producer, book author, well followed Social Media Personality and podcaster; Salve Duplito, ANC and Teleradyo Serbisyo News Anchor, Financial Journalist and Financial Planner; and Rhoda Castro-Caliwara, Founder & CEO of Executive Genesis Services, Inc., Immediate Past President of the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON) 2016-2023. Creator and host of NegoSHEnte, and president of the Women’s Business Council Philippines (WomenBizPH);

Business and community leaders such as Dr. Annebelle Aherrera MD, MBA, OB-GYN, Founder and Director of Aherrera Wellness Group; Atty. Jo Fernandez, Chief Human Resource Officer of China Bank Savings and one of the Philippines HR Group senior mentors;  and Michelle Cordero Garcia, Chief HR Officer of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines). An advocate of advancing and uplifting the practice of Filipino HR and helping enable workplaces that cultivate a culture of Total Person Development, operate with a Deep Sense of “Malasakit”, be Future-Ready, and champion integrity.

Completing this year’s profiles include leaders from different sectors such as USec Atty. Jocelle Batapa Sigue, Current Undersecretary of the Department of Information, Communications and Technology (DICT); Rossana Llenado, Chairman of AHEAD Education Group and Founder of Educ18 Foundation for School Leadership. Mentor and Judge at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Go Negosyo; Jel Directo, Country Manager of PGAG and Vice President of Creator & Influencers Council (CICP) and Carmi Fronteras, Davao-based Freelance Community leader and builder who will be flying to Manila to join the other profiles face to face. 

Self-awareness, personality improvement projects, and strong sustainability leaders will join forces with GWWR this year too. They are Cherrie Atilano, Founding Farmer, CEO, and President of AGREA Agricultural System International, Inc.; Koleen Davila-Palaganas, Founder of SustainablePH; VP and Head of the SM Group Sustainability Office; and Gigi Tibi, Founder of Yabá Scholarship Foundation; CEO of RadManila Communications; President of PositiveLinks Asia; Vice President of L: Quid; Board Trustee at the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) Foundation; Life Coach at Innov8; and a Forest Builder at Iriga City, Bicol Region; Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, Founding Chief Peace Mission Keeper at Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM)

and November Canieso-Yeo, Chief Champion for the Philippine Cinnamon Kaningag and Founder of Plantsville Health is even joining online from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Riza Rasco, PhD Scientist and one of the most traveled Filipina in history and the Co-founder and Chairman of The Philippine Global Explorers is also going to be present during the event.

GWWR 2024 has chosen Best Buddies Philippines as this year’s charity partner. Best Buddies’ mission is to uplift the quality of life of persons with intellectual and developmental diversities here in the country. Their country head, Michelle Aventajado completes the GWWR profiles this year. 

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Global Women Who RULE is an advocacy project owned and produced by The New Channel. GWWR provides opportunities for meaningful partnerships and programs with brands and media. PuzzleBox BPO, Inc. and The New Channel Media Corp. are co-producers of the event and are supported by media partners such as Cebu Daily News, Preen.ph, Inquirer.net, Pop!, Scout, theAsianParent, The Manila Times and When In Manila. Special thanks to our publicity partners Outcomm, Inc., EC Entertainment Media, and Globaltronics. 

We’re only 4 years old, but we already have almost a hundred heroines that will pledge to mentor and nurture talents that will inspire women from everywhere to be the best version of themselves and be a force of good and face of change to their families and communities,” adds Manansala. 

Watch Global Women Who RULE anywhere you are in the world on the 25th of May 2024, Saturday, 1-7 PM PHT on The New Channel’s website www.TheNewChannel.com as well as TNC’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube social media account.  Join us by searching #TNCnow #GWWR2024 online.