Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit


About: Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit

With beginnings of just last year, LEAD Filipino’s Fly Pinays Leadership Summit and related activities has grown solely from its community support and positive reception. The Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is our organization’s largest event of the year, where our team of interns, volunteers and organizers work across a span of 5 months to organize a single-day empowerment conference centered on Filipina experiences. Focusing on the influences of positive mentorship, the theme of sisterhood, and the education of cultural identity, Fly Pinays pairs ~150 Filipina mentors and college students in similar areas of study, interests and career pursuits. The event features TED-style talks and speaker panels, educational/cultural workshops, and entertainment.

The Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is intentionally held each March to observe and honor Women’s History Month and the role of Pinays emerging as leaders in our broader communities.

2nd Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit (revisit this page for regular updates)

Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Featuring Morning Keynote Address:

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Genevieve Jopanda, Chief of Staff, Office of CA State Board Equalization Member Fiona Ma
Featured Workshops: TBA


Sponsoring Organizations

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*2018 Mentor & Mentee Revealing is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 11am-2pm.

2018 Fly Pinays Planning Committee:

Jaki Joanino – Program & Logistics Director
Vanessa Carr – Mentor Manager
Isabel Bagsik – Mentee Manager
Jenna Edra – Workshops Director
Daniel Lazo – Marketing & Advertising
Jeren Penalosa – Volunteer Coordinator
Eleaine Reyes – Social Media & Comms. Manager
Angelica Cortez – Finance & Sponsorships Director
Rich Delan
Marissa Martinez

– Read About It: 1st Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit –

On Saturday, March 11th, 2017 we hosted our inaugural Fly Pinays Leadership Summit in honor of Pinayism and in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Fly Pinays Leadership Summit gathered over ~100 college-level and new grad Pinays and professionals in a day of workshops, inspirational speakers, and activities.

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03.11.17 – A group photo with our 2017 Fly Pinays Leadership Summit Mentors and Mentees, at the School of Arts & Culture in San Jose
03.11.17 – Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo giving the Opening Address at our inaugural Fly Pinays Leadership Summit, at the School of Arts & Culture in San Jose.
03.11.17 – Our 2017 Fly Pinays Planning Committee and volunteers. Thank you, team!


2017’s Fly Pinays Leadership Summit featured:

Keynote Addresses:

  • Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo
  • UC Davis Asian American Studies Professor Dr. Robyn Rodriguez

Panel Discussions On: 

  • “EntrePINAYship” – featuring:
    • Gina Mariko-Rosales, Founder, Make It Mariko
    • Erin Pangilinan, Founder, ARVR Academy
    • Christine Sebastian, Co-Founder, Treatbot Karaoke Ice Cream Truck
    • Marie Millares, Founder, SJMADE
  • “Changing The Game” – featuring:
    • Rowbot, Radio Host, 106.1 KMEL
    • Gen Jopanda, Chief of Staff, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
    • Christine Limpin-Ng, Events Manager, Facebook
    • Alex Bautista, Finance, Google

Cultural/Educational Workshops:

  • Interview Like A Boss: Land Your Dream Job – Led by: Mary Ann Bautista, Kaiser
  • (The Role Of) Pinoys In Pinayism – Led by: Tony Santa Ana, Professor, De Anza College
  • Beautiful & Bold: Reclaiming Your Space In A World Of Sexual Assault – Led by: Tarhata Brazsal, Nurse Practitioner
  • Pinays Write! – Led by: Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poetlaureate
  • Generational & Cultural Clashes: Intergenerational Dynamics in Filipin@ Families – Led by: Era de Castro, ECCAC, Santa Clara County
  • Pinay Leadership Across Communities – Led by: Ann Reginio and Kappa Psi Epsilon

2017’s Summit theme was “Breaking Through, By Being You” and centered on leading authentically, preserving — and perpetuating — self-love, and changing the game by starting in your community.

If you’d like more information on Fly Pinays, please contact Angelica Cortez at