Annual Fly Pinays

2019 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit




“To be a Fly Pinay is to fly. Is to rise. Is to uprise.”
– Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Closing Keynote, 2017 Fly Pinays Leadership Summit

Our Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is a regional conference that engages ~150 Filipina women and girls in sisterhood, mentorship, and you guessed it — leadership. The Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is held every March during Women’s Herstory Month.

Piqued by community requests and inspired within our membership, LEAD Filipino laid the ground work in late-2016 to fashion what would become our Annual Fly Pinays.

Since 2017, our Fly Pinays Leadership Summit has drawn audiences of nearly 200 women, girls, professionals, educators, creatives, and scholars to coalesce on shared values related to Fil Am identity, culture, sisterhood, and mentorship.

Working with student and adult populations across the Northern California region, our Annual Fly Pinays program coordinates year-round to curate, cultivate, and grow community spaces that respond to and reflect Pinay experiences.

Years of our Fly Pinays work represents the faith that our community holds in the value and importance of creating pipelines for female success. We can’t wait to continue building and developing this exciting work with all of you!

Core Team
11.14.16 — Hey, look at us! Our group of Fly Pinays Leadership Summit Organizers and Advisors at our first visioning and planning meeting. (Not pictured: Advisor Dr. Jen Briscoe and Organizer Angelo Monje)


2022 | The ‘P’ is for

Keynote Speaker(s): Elaine Dizon
Panelists: April Cruda & Carina Marie Ruiz Singh
Performer(s), Opening Meditation & Other Speakers: Keana Aguila Labra, Jacklyn Joanino-Sipat, Erin Pangilanan, Charity Nicolas, Carina Orozco, Ann Reginio

2021 | Doing the Heart Work

Keynote Speaker: vicki abadesco!
Panelists: Gina Mariko Rosales, Founder of Make It Mariko & Pinayista; Jessica Hsieh, Executive Sponsorships at Amazon; Mellanie Rhae Tanada, Public Policy School at University of Washington; Moderated by: Dr. Gel Cortez; Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President of San Jose City College; Gayle Romasanta, Publisher and Owner, Bridge Delta Publishing; Aureen Almario, Bindlestiff, Moderated by: Leezel Tanglao, The Point Guys
Fly Pinay Awardees & Performers: Charity Nicolas & Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, DJ Bitesize

2020 | Puso to Puso Talks

Like many of our community partners, and frankly, the entire globe, we’ve made major shifts in our 2020 programming and activities to prioritize everyone’s health during this novel coronavirus pandemic.

In lieu of postponing our 2020 Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit to later this fall, our Fly Pinays Organizing Committee will be focused on producing a three-part Puso to Puso Talks series in the months leading up to our Leadership Summit.

Puso, which translates to “Heart” in Filipino, and our moniker “Puso to Puso” uplifts a community exchange between women and young women in our Fly Pinays network of nearly 200 members. The name “Puso to Puso” was developed by three of our student leaders: Camille Valerio, Chloe Agdipa, and Michelle Dionisio.

Although we hosted our first Puso to Puso back on March 14th, stay tuned for our next episodes, which will be produced for later this spring and summer, addressing issues related to preserving Fil Ethnic and Cultural Identity and Personal and Professional Development.

Episode 1: Mental Health & Intergenerational Communication in the Fil Community

Featured Speaker(s): Dr. Jeannie Celestial, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at Kaiser & Author of The Filipino Instant Pot Cookbook, Kamille Rose Soler, Founder & CEO of The Ultimate LYFE, Adelina Tancioco, Spiritual Life Coach of Surrendered Healing, Steph Gancayco, Founder
of Hella Pinay


Keynote Speakers: Chef Chel Gilla, Founder of Tselogs and Micah “Noodles” Mahinay
Panelists: Lauren Garcia, Melanie “That Girl” Panergo, and Kate Dash

See the official event photos on our Flickr here.


Keynote Speakers: Genevieve Jopanda, CoS to California State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Professor, San Francisco State University
Panelists: Astralogik, Janet Sapigao, and Chef Charleen Caabay

2017 | Breaking Through, By Being You

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, UC Davis’ Bulosan Center of Filipino Studies and Chair of the Asian American Studies Department and Daly City Councilmember Juslyn Manalo
Panelists: Marie Millares, SJMADE; Gina Mariko-Rosales, Make It Mariko; Christine Sebastian, Treatbot; Row, 106.1 KMEL; Alex Bautista, Google; Christine Limpin-Ng, Facebook.
Performers: Astralogik


To join us in our inaugural efforts, please consider checking out our volunteer-led Fly Pinays Committee meetings. Please email us below for more information.

Our Fly Pinays Committee serves as the driving force behind the thought development, content curation, and production of all our Fly Pinays Leadership Summits

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