Overall Book Structure

(15 February 2014)




The introductory section will explain why leadership, why global, and who and what is a Filipina. As mothers and lolas, we aim to reach our sons, daughters, grandchildren and expanded family with words of wisdom to help them navigate the global complexities of life and work. Moreover, we aim to make recommendations for aspiring leaders as well as thought leaders in various sectors of the economy.

The introduction will situate the rationale for a book about Filipina Global Leadership, within the leadership studies literature, including Defining Filipino Leadership (Cuyegkeng and Palma-Angeles, 2011) and Global Leadership: Research, Practice and Development (Mendenhall et al, 2013).


The section will introduce the key themes to be addressed—multiple identities, migration, gender, leadership on public policy, advocacy, diplomacy, entrepreneurship and other sectors, constructs about leadership and global competencies.

The introduction will include information about Filipinas who migrate and work overseas. As part of the context setting, we will review briefly the prevailing narrative based upon the trauma of dislocation undergone by more than eight million overseas contract workers, mostly women (San Juan, 2002); the blurring of the distinction between 'Filipino' as the name of a sovereign people and 'Filipino/a' as the generic term for designating a subservient class dependent on foreign economies (Rafael, 1997); and the debate surrounding the Filipina "in her domesticated role as nurturer, caregiver, homemaker, teacher, nurse" (Suarez, 2010) who has been thrust into the global labor force where she is hailed as a national hero in the Philippines.




This will comprise 3 chapter—the challenges of networking Filipinas, powering up the Filipina Women's Network (FWN), and issues where FWN was at the forefront, for example ending violence and usaping puki. It will expand on the impetus for the vision, mission, goals and objectives of FWN.

During the celebration of the centennial of Filipino migration to the United States in 2006, FWN noted that the focus was largely on Filipino men who came to the USA as migrant farm workers and Filipina women who came as war brides. 

To ensure that the role of Filipina women in the building of the USA is never forgotten, FWN launched Pinay Power 2012 to inspire and advance Filipina women leaders who would influence the Filipino American community's future.

From 2007-2012, FWN has recognized four hundred Filipina women in the United States FWN100™ as Founders and Pioneers, Innovators and Thought Leaders, Policymakers and Visionaries, Behind the Scenes Leaders, and Builders and Emerging Leaders. In 2013, FWN honored our first Global FWN100™ – the most influential Filipina women in the world.




There will be about 30 chapters written by individual contributors from our Global100 and FWN100 honorees. These individual reflections look at how each Filipina contributing author—who has succeeded in the global workplace--define who she is (Sino ba sila?)—her “being a leader identity”—and what she is about (Ano ba sila?)—her exercise of leadership. These reflections will also examine the extent to which Philippine values have underpinned her leadership, and what cultural adjustments were made to succeed beyond the Philippines.

The reflections will explore such themes as: core identity—the fixed sense of self that underlies their continuously shifting multiple identities as she demonstrates her power and influence; how her Philippine heritage formed her values, her sense of purpose and her outlook about the world; how her experiences beyond home challenged or reinforced her notions of leadership; and how she coped with cognitive dissonance when Philippine traditional beliefs may have been at odds with the requirements of succeeding in the global workplace.

These chapters will capture how their spirits have survived, have transformed, have transcended challenges to make the impossible possible in academe, arts, cooking, writing, journalism, politics, governance, business & commerce, entrepreneurship and more.




Some of the contributing authors have chosen to write about aspects of leadership development, including giving back, paying forward, femtoring, and training others to lead in the health, education, public policy and other sectors. 




Based on Part 3 and 4 that are individual reflections, this chapter will be a synthesis of the collective reflections and soul-searching by Filipinas who have exercised leadership and the range and diversity of who we are and what we are. The summative chapter will examine the range of characteristics of global leaderships, global leadership competencies, and effectiveness of global leadership that are articulated in the chapters written by the contributing authors.

The chapter will examine how the Filipina Global leaders enhanced motivation, morale and performance within their circle of leadership and demonstrated power. Furthermore, it will look at how the Filipina leaders describe the multiple contexts that frame their leadership, including the national and international level.

The synthesis will highlight themes that will be useful for people who have current leadership responsibilities with varying degrees of complexity and culture-spanning, for leadership development in the Philippines and beyond, and for teaching leadership in a way that not only informs but also transforms promising leaders into actual leaders.

The synthesis will look at the implications of Filipina global leadership for gender and intercultural leadership research and practice (see Hofstede, 1980 and 1991) and for advancing theories of women and leadership. Understanding how Filipina women bridge the range of Filipino and global cultures will challenge existing theories of multi-culturalism, co-culturation, and global leadership (House et al, 2004, Mendenhall et al, 2013).