By ROY C. MABASA
The City of Prague is gearing up to host an event that is set to redefine the narrative of Filipina leadership on the global stage. From October 29 to November 2, 2023, the 19th Filipina Leadership Global Summit will take place at the luxurious Hyatt Andaz in Prague, Czech Republic, and will culminate in a night of glamour, inspiration, and celebration at the Gala Awards Ceremony.
With the event’s 2023 theme, “Intersectionality: Filipina Women Changemakers,” this year’s summit promises to be a remarkable celebration of the diverse achievements of Filipina women around the world.
In the spotlight of this remarkable event is Elaine Antonio Bordeaux, a lawyer and sculptor hailing from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Elaine is not just a lawyer but also a sculptor, and her journey reflects the ethos of this year’s summit. She is set to receive the prestigious “Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World” award from the Foundation for Filipina Women’s Network (FWN). This recognition is a testament to her dedication and contribution to society, particularly in her commitment to femtorship and legacy building.
Elaine will be honored with the BUILDER award category in the Tertiary Economic Sector. This category celebrates leaders who have demonstrated exceptional organizational impact and a deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives. These leaders work tirelessly, forming alliances with institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to create a better world. The “Builders” exhibit high potential and skill, with tangible results in both the public and private sectors. Their work goes beyond conventional norms, as they redefine traditional methods to bring about lasting change.
The Foundation for Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) has been at the forefront of recognizing exceptional Filipina women who have broken through “glass ceilings” in various sectors. Over the years, they have honored a prestigious list of awardees who have achieved remarkable milestones in their careers. The list includes leaders like HealthNet CEO and now Sterling CEO Cora Manase Tellez, first Filipino appointed by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau to his cabinet MP Rechie Valdez, and many others who have carved their path to excellence.
The Gala Awards Ceremony at the 19th Filipina Leadership Global Summit is more than just a recognition event. It is a platform where the global Filipina community comes together to empower the next generation of leaders. This year’s theme, “Intersectionality: Filipina Women Changemakers,” underlines the diverse roles and achievements of Filipina women.
The awardees and participants of the Filipina Leadership Global Summit understand the significance of mentorship and unity. They are dedicated to “paying it forward” by mentoring young leaders and supporting women re-entering the workforce. This commitment is more than just words; it’s a meaningful mission to empower the next generation of Filipina leaders.
As Elaine receives her award at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, she not only symbolizes excellence but also the indomitable spirit of Filipina women. Her dedication to assisting immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and human trafficking victims through her legal practice exemplifies the resilience and compassion that drives these women to excel.
The Filipina Leadership Global Summit Gala Awards Ceremony is poised to be an inspiring evening, celebrating Filipina women who are shaping the world and rewriting the rules of leadership. As these women come together to celebrate their accomplishments, they send a powerful message that intersectionality is a force for change and progress. The future of Filipina leadership is indeed solid, and it is poised to inspire generations to come.
The 19th Filipina Leadership Global Summit Gala Awards Ceremony is not just a recognition of achievements; it is a celebration of the potential within every Filipina woman to rise, lead, and make a lasting impact on the world. The summit, with its theme of “Intersectionality: Filipina Women Changemakers,” is a testament to the diversity, strength, and unity of Filipina women as they continue to trailblaze on the global stage.
Incidentally, the artworks of Elaine are on display at the Philippine Consulate office in Barcelona up to the end of this month and will be extended soon to the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.