Leadership summit promotes Filipino sisterhood and mentorship

SANTA CLARA, CA — A day of mentorship, sisterhood, and Filipino cultural identity.

This was the second annual Fly Pinays leadership summit at Mission College in Santa Clara.

Various workshops covered cultural history and personal and professional development, while keynotes and discussions were held by professional Pinays from different industries.

Leadership, Education, Activism, and Dialogue, or LEAD Filipino, was the organization behind the event and said it was necessary to create it based on the needs of Pinays from all over the Bay Area.

“We’re not the first to bring a Pinays conference to a reality but in terms of the South Bay and the Silicon Valley area we are the only ones doing this work,” says founder Angelica Cortez.

The planning for this event took six months — and according to the organizers — it was well worth the time.


“To see people sitting and taking it all in this information, all these great keynote speakers, all the speeches, all these workshops, it was great actually actively enjoying it and not just sitting there and taking it as a lecture,” said Eleaine Reyes.

New mentors and mentees were introduced at this event who were happy to help each other succeed.


“There’s not many Filipino representation in American culture and I think it’s time for us to just stand up for ourselves,” said Karen Manalac.


“This is my way of again giving back to the community, expanding that Filipino representation within the bay area and also meeting young amazing girls,” said Andrea Rufo.

LEAD Filipino says that young Pinays should not wait for a conference to find their mentors — they should do it now.


“Reach out, ask questions, target people that are in your industry of interest, whether it’s personal or professional and see it they’ll help you to get your next network event or to your next job,” said Dr.
Jennifer Briscoe.

LEAD Filipino is already planning their next event in the fall which will include getting free professional headshots for Pinays looking to update their resumes and advance their careers.


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