Authors of DISRUPT: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt (2014)
The following 37 authors are FWN's 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World awardees from the U.S., Philippines, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, U.A.E., Canada, Poland. Moving stories about: Leader Identity, Power and Influence • Cultural Adjustments to Success • Victories over domestic violence, incarceration, poverty, discrimination and harassment
Networking Filipina Leaders
Cora founded Sterling Health Services Administration (HAS) in 2004 and is its President and CEO. Sterling leads in the health benefits and healthcare financing by putting employers and consumers in control of healthcare spending and in touch with resources to help them manage their money and their health. The company serves clients throughout the U.S.
Before 2004, Cora was the President of a division of HealthNet, President of Prudential’s western health care operations, CEO of the Bay Region Blue Shield of California, and Regional Manager for Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii.
Cora received her M.A. in public administration from California State University. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mills College where she received a BA degree and then served as college Trustee.
Cora serves on several boards of directors. She was instrumental in starting Asian Community Mental Health and Filipinos for Social Justice.
She has been honored for professional and community service by numerous organization including Women Healthcare Executives, Asian Pacific Fund, Bay Area Tumor Institute, among others.
Marily, the Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) has dedicated the last decade to transforming how global Filipina women view themselves and how others perceive them. The transformed image is of women doing influential things.
Her initiatives to bring about this transformation have included producing alternative and more positive search results on the Internet for the term “Filipina,” embracing Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and campaign to end domestic violence, and facilitating the creation of a pipeline of Filipina leaders with the skills to compete at all levels in all sectors.
As the sixth of 13 children, Marily learned early how to get her voice heard by her family and carried this over throughout her career in roles such as a senior business leader, as a Board Member for organizations working on the Status of Women, and as a former Commissioner on the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.
Marily also draws from her experience as a survivor of an abusive relationship, a single mother, and a U.S. immigrant who started from scratch to promote networks for advancing the status of Filipina women globally.
Marily has helped shift the language of mentorship to “femtorship,” and the mindset of Filipinas from being a silent force in society to a catalyst in changing the face of power in America and worldwide. Her impact can be measured by the countless number of women she brought along with her and those they will in turn bring along with them to positions of leadership.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appointed Marily as Commissioner of the Community Investment and Infrastructure, the successor agency for the Redevelopment Commission responsible for $20 billion in assets to create jobs, affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open space areas.
Elena Mangahas is a graduate of the University of the Philippines where she was also active in theater production with its repertory company.
Elena currently serves as Chairperson for the Filipina Women’s Network and serves on other boards.
Her interests include historic preservation and goodwill relations. She received numerous awards that credit her for community work and mobilizing efforts.
Her twenty years with the County as an employment specialist give her the advantage of working with various populations and creating programs that promote their economic independence.
The work of FWN is near and dear to her heart because it represents her desire to insure that the significant contributions of Filipinas are recognized in their adopted land.
Gloria T. Caoile
FWN Advisory Board;
National Political Director
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Gloria has dedicated her life to empowering people who need the most help and ensuring their voices are heard. She is National Political Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO.
She served for over 30 years with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a 1.3 million-member union, where she fought for the rights of others to make a difference in their lives. She remains active in AFSCME special projects such as leading disaster response and relief teams.
At one point, Gloria was the highest-ranking Asian Pacific-American woman in the labor movement.
She has been a stalwart supporter of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the U.S. and devoted to developing the next generation of women.
She is a recipient of distinguished awards including the Philippines’ Presidential Merit of Honor, St. Scholastica’s College Pax Award, and FWN 100 Most Influential Women.
She finds the greatest meaning from her private family life. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband and loves being a grandmother.