CanCham’s Senior Advisor on National Activities, Cora M. Dela Cruz Recognized Globally as One of 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World


Gala Awards Ceremony at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 15 2017: Cora M. dela Cruz, Senior Advisor for National Activities, (former National Executive Director) of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, has been selected one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women’s Network.

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. Dela Cruz was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world and is receiving the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™)for 2017 under the Founder and Pioneer award category.

The Global FWN sent its congratulations to Dela Cruz and said: “We honor you with the FOUNDER AND PIONEER award. This award category honors Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow.

This award category is for the trailblazers who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address significant business or organizational opportunity.”

“The Global FWN100™ women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose: FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees are asked to re-invent herself by femtoring (female mentoring) a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

“Cora dela Cruz is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position in all sectors of the global economy, ” added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’s Board Chair. “We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part of the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.

“The summit’s theme this year is Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”

“I am very honored to receive this award which is a validation of my body of work for years. I’m excited to meet my fellow awardees from 12 countries and finding more about the partnerships and collaborations we can create. I thank FWN for bringing the Filipina women of the world together to plan the future for our next generation leaders in business and industry,” says Cora dela Cruz.

The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) is a U.S. (San Francisco) based international advocacy organization that seeks to increase the power of Filipina women as leaders and policy makers at all levels in corporate, government, institutions and community organizations to achieve economic and social justice and women’s rights. With members in 25 countries, FWN provides the content, credibility and a worldwide network to support the success of Filipina women in their businesses and careers.