Cadiznon cited globally as most influential Filipina

Lou Olvido-Parroco, a pure Cadiznon and one of our Cadizeño Awardees, has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network during a Gala Awards Ceremony at the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit held in Toronto, Canada last October 25–29, 2017.

Lou Olvido-Parroco

Ms. Parroco has been honored with the BUILDER award category for she has demonstrated exceptional organizational impact at a large workplace environment; displayed deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with institutions, corporations or nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own company; and demonstrated high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, higher education institution, nonprofit or an organization in the public and private sectors. “Buildership” is about building better organizations, leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align including redefining traditional methods.

Ms. Parroco is currently the Human Resources Director at Canadian Energy Equipment Manufacturing (CEEM), a free zone enterprise based in the U. A. E. that designs and fabricates a wide range of surface equipment for the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CEEM, she was the Global Human Resources Manager for LMKR, a petroleum technology company with a worldwide operations. As the Global HR Manager, she managed the entire human resources teams and functions across four geographical operations namely, a.) North & South America, b.) Europe, Middle East & Africa, c.) Southwest Asian Countries, and d.) Asia Pacific and Australian Continent. She has also worked with other Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson Controls Incorporated, and Schlumberger.

A fully certified and credentialed Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner and Life Coach (www., she holds a progressively rolling HR career track of more than two decades.

A 1990 Class Salutatorian of Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School in Cadiz City, Ms. Parroco has a degree in Psychology from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Bacolod City, and currently completing a doctorate degree majoring in Leadership and Change Management from The Open University of Switzerland.

Outside work, Ms. Parroco dedicates her time in organizing charity events. She was recognized as a Women of Substance Honoree in the Middle East, a Kabayan Awardee in the UAE. Together with her husband, Cesar Julius Parroco, Jr., who is a Bacolodnon and also a UNO-R alumna, made a place in the Top 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Middle East in two consecutive years, 2016 & 2017.

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. Lou Olvido-Parroco was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.

“The Global FWN100™ women are composed of dynamic entrepreneurs, experienced 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, and also rising stars under age 35. 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 Filipino woman leader in every sector of the global economy.

“Lou Olvido-Parroco 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 in modern times”, she added.

“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 fulfilling my life’s mission that is to thrive in whatever I do, by doing it with passion and compassion, so that whatever I do positively impacts the life of individuals and communities I get to be surrounded with. I’m thrilled and humbled meeting 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 Ms. Parroco.

About Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)

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.

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About the Filipina Leadership Global Summit

The annual Summit brings together Filipina women global leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures for discussions, learning journeys, “kwentuhan strategies” on how to succeed as multi-cultural professionals and private chats to ignite cooperation through public and private partnerships. The high-powered gathering is a vital part of FWN’s Pinay Power 2020 Mission: A Filipina leader in every sector of the economy. It is the leading forum of its kind in the Filipina global community, which inspires a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community. The summit raises funds for FWN’s programs to raise awareness of FWN’s pipeline development of qualified next generation leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “CEO-suite” position so Filipina women can be part of decisions and policies made that impact the lives of women and families.

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About the Global FWN100™ Awards

The 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. The awardees are asked to femtor a young Filipina through the FEMtorship initiative and bring her to the Filipina Summit.*(Celina Z. Ibañez, Division Chief/ Information Officer IV, Information Management Unit-CMO, Cadiz City. 4932-201/[email protected])


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