1st Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit (2017)

2017 FPLS Group Photo

Thank you to everyone that attended and supported our inaugural Fly Pinays Leadership Summit this past Saturday, March 11th!  We enjoyed hosting 100+ Filipina college students and professionals in a day of dialogue, workshops and empowerment.



2017 Fly Pinays Leadership Summit
“Breaking Through, By Being You”

Celebrating Filipina professionals and students in a day of Leadership, Mentorship & Pinayism 

March 11, 2017
School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 

Morning Keynote:
Juslyn Manalo
Vice Mayor, Daly City

Closing Keynote:
Dr. Robyn Rodriguez
Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Davis

“EntrePINAYship” Panel 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” Panel 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 Poet laureate
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.

L.E.A.D Filipino’s Fly Pinays Leadership Summit is a single-day conference held during Women’s History Month — and it’s all about the ladies.  The event links the Silicon Valley’s Filipina professionals and college-level Pinays in shared experience and culture, leadership education and mentorship.  From lessons on leadership, personal advancement and being active stewards of social justice, Fly Pinays will highlight the voices of Filipina professionals and students alike to uplift Pinayism.  The Summit will include Educational Workshops led by notable Filipina leaders and community groups, feature influential guests from a variety of sectors on Speaker Panels, and Keynote Addresses on culturally-relevant issues, current events and overall — the beauties of being Filipinas today.

This year’s Summit theme “Breaking Through, By Being You” centers on leading authentically, preserving — and perpetuating — self-love, and change the game by starting in your community.

2017 FPLS Group Photo
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!

Filipina Mentors
Are you a Filipina with at least ~7 years of professional experience with an interest in sharing your insights with an emerging Pinay student leader? 

In January and February, L.E.A.D will be working exclusively with Filipinas across all sectors:  Business, Healthcare, Government, Education, the Arts and STEM, to engage them in becoming Fly Pinay Mentors at our Leadership Summit.

To-date, we have confirmed Fly Pinay Mentors from Google, Facebook, Kaiser, Intuit, Alliant Insurance Services, the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, and many more.  Join us as we convene in the spirit of celebrating our successes and uplifting tomorrow’s generation of Pinay leaders.  Read more here.  

Become a Fly Pinay Mentor today
(February 10 Deadline)

College Mentees
If you’re a college student or recent graduate and would like to participate as a Fly Pinays Mentee through attending the activities and Leadership Summit with your professional Mentor, please sign up.  Applications close February 10.  There is no fee to attend.

Students! Register here
(February 10 Deadline)

2017 Summit Program
Click the link below to check out our lineup of guest speakers, workshops and empowerment activities that will be featured at Fly Pinays.

2017 Fly Pinays Leadership Summit Program

2017 Sponsors:






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