As part of its 15th-year anniversary celebration, Go Negosyo hosts WOMEN 2020 Entrepreneurship Summit: Perspectives of a Global Woman of Impact on March 3, 2020 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, and honored the Philippines’ traditional women weaver recipients of the Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan or Cultural Living Treasures awardees:

  • Yabing Masalon Dulo, Ikat Master Weaver of South Cotabato (2016)
  • Estelita Tumandan Bantilan, B’laan Igem Master Weaver of Sarangani (2016)
  • Ambalang Ausalin, Yakan Tennun Master Weaver of Basilan (2016)
  • Magdalena Gamayo, Inabel Master Weaver of Ilocos Norte (2012)

And recognized the ASEAN’s Women of Impact awardees:

  • Bibi Russel of Bangladesh
  • Kemeriah Duraman of Brunei
  • Supna Rania Karwanamurthi of Brunei
  • Sopheap Chen of Cambodia
  • Veronica Colondam of Indonesia
  • Manola Daravong of Lao PDR
  • Tan Hooi Ling of Malaysia
  • Khin Lay of Myanmar
  • Ambassador Delai Domingo-Albert of the Philippines
  • Dr Gan See Khem of Singapore
  • Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat of Thailand
  • Nguyen Thi Nga of Vietnam

WOMEN 2020, attended by more than 3,000 participants, it is expected to be the biggest and most inclusive women event of the year, with over 50 women leaders from the Philippines and the ASEAN taking stage to share their thoughts, insights, and inspiring journeys.

This impressive roster includes WOMEN 2020 Entrepreneurship Summit Co-Chair Alice Eduardo of Sta Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, ABS-CBN’s Charo Santos-Concio, Magsaysay Group of Companies’ Doris Magsaysay Ho, Sunnies Studios’ Georgina Wilson-Burnand, Belo Medical Group’s Dr Vicki Belo, Aivee Group’s Dr Aivee Teo, and Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

Each, a leader in their respective fields and industries such as fashion, beauty and wellness, agriculture, tourism, and digitalization/technology, these women are shaping the future of the new generation.

“With WOMEN 2020, we aim to provide a platform for women to discuss opportunities and participate in economic activities. Women are natural-born entrepreneurs. We are proud to honor their passion and perseverance, which have greatly contributed to the country’s growth and efforts towards achieving prosperity for all,” shares Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, ASEAN BAC PC Chair, and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion.

In addition to addressing the issues and opportunities women can pursue in today’s society, WOMEN 2020 also aims to serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of experiences and best practices on how a woman can set out to become a successful entrepreneur, both globally and locally.

At the event, two of the country’s foremost women icons, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio, in a special segment, entitled “Women of Legacy”, shared their inspiring journeys, passions, and what they’re doing to balance long-term aspirations vis-a-vis the realities and complexities of daily life.

The special fireside chat was moderated by multi-awarded media personality Dr Boy Abunda, dubbed as the “King of Talk Shows,” who is a proud ally of women’s rights and helps train the light on their struggles and triumphs.

WOMEN 2020’s series of forums were moderated by sharp-witted, beautiful women celebrities Issa Litton, Bianca Gonzalez, Nicole Cordoves, and Joyce Pring.

Alongside the summit was a curated expo featuring successful women-led enterprises from various industries across the country including Aesca Designs, Annie and Lore, Arettesstyle, Beyond Borders, Decena Collections, Dhelightful Creations Arts & Crafts, Enroute Handcrafted, Evrile, Habi Footwear and Lifestyle, Jim Weavers Design, Kwento.PH, Laguna Water Hyacinth, Ma Angelica Rare Finds, Maria Kim Collection, MASA Clothing, O’el Designs, Shop Style Cat, Twinkle Ferraren, Woven Crafts, and WYC Apparel.

Women were also offered signups where they can access and explore different platforms for their businesses and daily dealings.

Go Negosyo gave away copies of the 2nd edition of 21 Steps to Start and Grow Your Business to the first 3,000 pre-registered participants.