Who says only men can thrive and go up the corporate ladder?
This National Women’s Month, we’re going to prove this notion wrong. If the man can, then the woman can, too, right?
While it is true that the ‘glass ceiling’ can still be felt in this day and age, many women have broken through that barrier. And many continue to do so.
Indeed, gender does not limit one’s potential and abilities. In fact, those who have encountered numerous challenges and hurdles often come out as the strongest.
Now, you may have asked yourself quite a number of times, can you really succeed and come out on top in business?
Business is not a man’s world, and these female executives in the Philippines are here to show the modern Filipina entrepreneur that yes, she can.
Teresita Sy-Coson, SM Investments Corporation
Though she is also known to be a daughter of the country’s richest man Henry Sy, Teresita “Tessie” Sy-
Coson was able make a name, on her own merit, in the corporate sphere.
As a matter of fact, the SM Investments Corporation Vice Chairperson is the first woman from the private sector to be awarded “Management Man of the Year” by the Management Association of the Philippines, according to an Inquirer.net article.
Sy-Coson has been active, together with her siblings, in steering her family’s conglomerate towards success, being Chairman of Banco de Oro Unibank, and an advisor to SM Prime, according to Forbes.
Angelique Uy, ZAP Philippines
If you’re a frequent mall-goer, or perhaps an adventurous foodie, you’ve probably come across the rewards program ZAP.
Angelique Uy is one of the co-founders of that venture. She said in her Connecting Founders feature that before being invited by a friend to join their startup team, she worked for a US B2B firm “selling online marketing products”.
Her experiences and observations in the e-commerce industry are what drove her to make ZAP happen, she told TechInAsia.
“This is actually why I was keen on starting ZAP – so I can take an online discipline and apply it to the offline world”, she said in the TechInAsia story.
“When I talk to students, I always tell them that they should dream big but not for selfish reasons. You don’t start you own business because you want to want to be a rockstar and have books written about you. It’s about how you affect other people and how you inspire change”, she also shared in Connecting Founders.
Sapna Sood, Holcim Philippines
Building and construction may seem like a male-dominated industry, but for one cement company here in the Philippines, it’s all about balance. To add to that, its president and CEO is a woman.
According to an article by ABS-CBN News, the company’s senior level workforce is 32 percent composed of women, including chief executive Sapna Sood, who hopes to welcome more females into the company.
“By 2030, she hopes women will account for roughly a third of the company’s total number of employees”, noted the report.
It was also mentioned that, Sood told ANC, the company is making sure that they “have the right infrastructure and the right mindset” to welcome and retain women employees.
Rebecca Bustamante, Chalre Associates
Rebecca Bustamante is not your typical CEO.
She’s not a product of a wealthy family, and instead of an office job, her first stint was being a house helper — she had to study and work at the same time, as narrated in a GMA News article.
Her only capital was hard work.
She worked as a domestic helper in Singapore while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Accounting, which she successfully earned.
Rebecca then moved on to graduate school at Ryerson University in Canada while working as a nanny for four years.
She told GMA News that indeed the journey was difficult, but she was determined to keep going with her studies to help her family in the Philippines.
She then worked as a marketing executive and founded recruitment firm High-Q Personnel.
After deciding to settle in the Philippines with her husband, they founded multinational recruitment firm Chalre Associates in 2005 which she manages as president.
In 2009, they initiated the Asia CEO Forum “in which Filipino or foreign business leaders share their experience of doing business in the country”, the GMA News article stated.