Davao’s business leader Joji Ilagan-Bian is awarded as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World 2017 (Global FWN Award) in Canada. She will be receiving her award on October 27 (Friday) at Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto.
The Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award recognizes women of Philippine ancestry who influence the face of leadership in the global workplace and reached the status for outstanding work in their respective professions, industries and communities. The women are also recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship (mentorship) and legacy.
Asked what made her to Global FWN Award, Bian believes it is her sustainable contribution across all sectors and segments of society resulting to the socio-economic empowerment of the communities.
“My leadership and my network of influence also in multi-sectoral groups whe-ther in business or in education and my involve-ment over the years with some non government organizations (NGOs) here in our own country or globally had allowed me to see all kinds of perspectives which greatly helped me move my advocacies and my personal philosophies forward,” Bian told Mirror.
Bian said a combination of vision, skills and strength tempered with resilience, tenacity and genuine care guided her always as she continues to take the journey of creating more opportunities for people to develop their full potentials.
“I lead a life devoted to developing the potentials of young people; molding their minds and transforming their lives through education. As a woman business leader, I had transcended genders and has stood firm in my belief that women leaders are strong; straightforward and results-oriented,” she said.
Bian is the only awardee from Mindanao among six awardees from the Philippines.
Other countries and U.S States represented by the awardees FWN 100 are from United Kingdom (Hertfordshire and London), United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah), United States (California, Washington DC, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia), Italy (Bergamo and Rome), Switzerland (Berne), Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Buda-pest), Norway (Oslo), Netherlands (Noord-Holland), Mozambique (Maputo), Canada (Rich-mond, Vancouver, Mississauga, Ottawa and Toronto), Austria (Vienna), and Australia (South Australia).
“Everything is so well organized and its impressive and awarding is done every two years so next awarding is 2020 and the venue is in Washington. But every year all of us meet for networking etc,” Bian said.
The Global FWN100 award cohort recognizes those who have outstanding work in their respective fields, leadership and achievements in the global workplace and their local communities.
The Global FWN100 Selection Committee en-sures that nominations are reviewed fairly. Nominees are selected by a rigorous vetting process which includes a determination of nominee’s global Filipina imprint, a personal interview, a review of the accurateness of the nomination submission, answers to the criteria questions, social media and internet vetting, and a chat with her references and/or nominator.
The scoring is set up for consistency across the award categories. The Selection Committee provides numerical scores for each of the following criteria described on the nomination form for activities and projects of the last three years that nominee initiated or have been involved in her country of residence on three factors: leadership, challenge, and ownership while Award criteria are Impact, Innovation, Involvement, Femtorship (mentorship), Pro-fessionalism, Sustainability (of activity or project she may have started or have been involved), and de-monstrated global imprint. Maya M. Padillo