Starbucks Philippines Gathers Inspiring Women to Champion Youth Education and Hone Future Leaders

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Starbucks Philippines brings together a panel of trailblazing women to inspire learners from Young Focus Foundation and AHA! Learning Center. Through its first-ever Community Store in Abad Santos, Tondo, Manila, Starbucks Philippines directly supports youth education, where a portion of every purchase in this store contributes to scholarships and after-school learning programs of these nonprofit partners. 

In line with the company’s commitment to nurturing young minds, the event was a celebration of empowerment, welcoming young women aged 14 to 21 from both organizations. The panel, representing leaders from diverse backgrounds, shared personal narratives on pivotal topics such as mental well-being, professional growth, and the importance of environmental stewardship.

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Jamie Silva, senior manager for Marketing, Digital Customer Experience & Loyalty at Starbucks Philippines, reflected on her early aspirations as a young woman. Jamie spoke about the importance of having a clear career vision and the flexibility to navigate diversity. “Prior to joining Starbucks, I explored various industries to broaden my perspective,” Jamie shared. “There is no single prescribed career trajectory. By embracing the transformative power of education and a forward-thinking mindset, no limitations can constrain your journey. Forge your path as a woman empowered to shape her own destiny.” Through her journey, Jamie exemplifies the significance of continuous learning, adaptability, and the pursuit of one’s passions to carve out a fulfilling career path.

Lynn Pinugu, the co-founder of Mano Amiga Philippines, an organization that provides education opportunities and community development services, and She Talks Asia, a women empowerment community and advocacy agency, touched on topics such as women empowerment and mental wellness. Having a strong background in helping women in different stages of their lives, Lynn was able to touch on the importance of taking care of one’s mental wellness and shared her experiences as a woman leader in her field. “Being surrounded by like-minded women really helped me in my career and of course, has a positive impact on my mental wellness. In empowering women, it is also important that you yourself are an empowered woman, and this includes finding self-care practices that fit you and your needs,” she shares.

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Meanwhile, Antoinette Jadaone, who is a multi-awarded Filipina filmmaker and director, focused on using the platform you are given for good. The films that she produced over the years allow her to tell different stories that the audience may relate to, further reaching various individuals who may be going through the same experiences. She says, “making films is unique and exciting, but it is also a very powerful position to be in and I make it a point to never forget this. Anyone, even little girls, can have the opportunity to see my films so I know that I have a responsibility that I do not take lightly.” Filmmaking is a male-dominated industry, and she is determined to make her mark in hopes of representing women and inspiring the next generation to do the same. 

Anina Rubio was able to share with the attendees how they can also do their part. Anina is a sought-after visual artist who has been commissioned to create several murals around Metro Manila by different organizations. Her personal advocacy for sustainability and environmental conservation has led her to practice this in her daily life and urge everyone to do the same, “We can all take care of the planet in our own, small ways. A personal example is when I order my favorite Starbucks drink, I make sure to always bring a reusable cup to minimize my usage of plastic. These little acts of service for the planet will go a long way.” Starbucks Philippines is committed to strengthening the communities it serves through Sustainability and care for the planet.

“Our Community Store’s dedication to youth education underscores our mission to make a meaningful impact on the next generation within our local communities,” says Jamie Silva. “As we celebrate International Women’s Day and honor our future leaders, it’s crucial to recognize the pivotal role education plays in shaping progressive thinkers and empowering women to break free from societal constraints, allowing them to excel in their endeavors and pursue their passions.”

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