PH hosts first Asia-Pacific Agenda of global Women|Future Conference 2021

Hundreds of forward-looking women in business will gather virtually at the fourth annual Women|Future Conference on November 1-5, 2021 which will focus on their professional and personal development, learning, networking, and mentorship. Making this year different is that for the first time in the conference’s history is an Asia-Pacific Agenda convening to tackle various topics related to the region’s experience in leadership, fintech, e-commerce, insurance, and more.

The annual event is hosted by The Stevie® Awards, the world's premier business awards created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements of organizations and working professionals worldwide. With over 40 sessions, interactive workshops, and a motivational keynote, the upcoming Women|Future Conference is an event for career-driven women in all stages of life looking for inspiration, and who want to build resilience, and prepare for the many changes ahead. The five-day agenda features female CEOs, Founders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners leading thought-provoking conversations about topics vital to women advancement, from mental health to financial wellness, lead generation, imposter syndrome, entrepreneurship, and workplace diversity.

This year’s Asia-Pacific agenda was done in partnership with the Digital Pilipinas initiative pioneered by GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications, Inc., drawing in the participation of women leaders from various countries in the region such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore.

Amor Maclang, Co-Founder of GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc. and Executive Director for the FinTech Philippines Association, shared: “We are grateful to the Stevies for listening to the collective narrative of the Asia Pacific: the future of innovation, technology, and finance is inarguably Asian. Asia is the biggest Fintech and the biggest Neo Bank. The best and the brightest in the world are choosing to domicile themselves in Asia.”

Maclang is also the Convenor of Digital Pilipinas, a national movement that seeks to address the age-old challenges and issues in the Philippines by integrating technology into industries and communities. She adds about what the speakers bring to the table this year: “The women leaders in this space—innovation, technology, and finance—have broken multiple ‘ceilings’. Welcome to the Women|Future Conference, welcome to a future that’s Asian, tech-driven, and female.”

The Asia Pacific Agenda is a gateway to women leaders from the fintech and innovation ecosystem. Panelists include representatives from the Global Impact Fintech Forum (GIFT), namely Wijitleka Marome from the Bank of Thailand and Chih Shan Luo from the China Trust Bank Corporation. Other leaders from the fintech sphere joining the agenda are Yang Yang Zhang, Managing Director of Xendit Philippines; Cathy Casas, Head of Blockchain and Fintech Business Development at the Union Bank of the Philippines; and Leila Martin, President of digital bank OFBank.

Sharon Dayoan, Chairman and CEO of audit firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Company; Ida Tiongson, President and CEO of Opal Portfolio Investments; and Nina Aguas, Executive Chairman of Insular Life will share their insights from their corporate and traditional work environments. Executives from the communication industry include Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability Officer of Globe Telecom and Lana Macapagal, PR Lead for Asia Pacific at Rakuten Viber. Representing e-commerce and mobility are Kim Lato, Founder of, and Angeline Tham, Co-founder of motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas.

Kicking off the conference on Monday, November 1 at 11:00 am EST , will be the opening keynote speaker Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs, Amazon Web Services (AWS). This will be followed by breakout sessions and workshops, starting with "The Truth Bombs on Work-Life Balance to Avoid Burnout for Busy Women'' at 11:45 am EST. Other sessions on Day One are "Leading Authentically in Male-Dominated Industries” and “Overcoming Adversity: You Are the Hero of Your Story.”

The Women|Future Conference & Event Manager, Ruslana Milikhiker, remarked on the transformation since the first annual Women|Future Conference in 2018: “The first conference took place four years ago to complement The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business program. Now it has evolved to serve women on a larger scale. Our conference tagline ‘Cultivate Your Tomorrow’ was added in 2020. We chose this phrase because the Women|Future Conference encourages women to not only embrace their tomorrow, but to tackle career, personal, and life goals. The conference goes beyond the changing business landscape and focuses on current issues we all face as working women juggling a busy schedule and doing it all.”

Nina Moore, the Marketing Manager of the Women|Future Conference, commented on the decision to make this year’s conference virtual: “We successfully pivoted from in-person to virtual for the first time in 2020. Encouraged by glowing testimonials from past attendees and the flexibility of virtual, we are doing the same in 2021. Virtual events are accessible, affordable, and deliver just as much value and networking opportunities to people around the world, especially those unable to travel. This forward-thinking conference does just that and more!”

The 140+ speakers at this year's conference are a diverse mix of women from global organizations such as Facebook, IBM, Infosys Limited, John Hancock, Pinterest, Quartz, Ralph Lauren, SAP, Talkspace, and others.

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Asian women leaders take center stage in tech in the Women|Future Conference on November 1-5. Uppermost row from L-R: Nina Aguas, The Insular Life Assurance Company; Wijitleka Marome, Bank of Thailand; Leila Martin, Overseas Filipino Bank; Ida Tiongson, Opal Portfolio Investments; Lana Macapagal, Rakuten Viber; Jacqueline Chua, Financial Women’s Association Singapore; Catherine Anne Casas, Union Bank of the Philippines. Second row from L to R: Yang Yang Zhang, Xendit Philippines; Debasmita Das, Mastercard; Jenn Donovan, Social Media and Marketing Australia; Sharon Dayoan, KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.; Kim Frances Lato, Kimstore; Angeline Xiwen, Angkas; Margarita Locsin, SWIFT; and Dr. Vaneeta Aggarwal, L’Strategyq Advisors. Bottom row, from L-R: Michelle Chan, Fintech Association of Hong Kong; Yoly Crisanto, Globe; Chih Shan Luo, China Trust Bank Corporation; Lauren Clement, The Audacious Agency; Stacey Ashley; Sally Foley-Lewis; Amor Maclang, GeiserMaclang Communications Inc; and SAnnie Wong, IBM Singapore