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Bonifacio named one of the most influential Filipina women in the world

University of Lethbridge professor Dr. Glenda Bonifacio has been selected to receive the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award in the Innovator and Thought Leader category.

The award by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) recognizes women who have broken new ground in the global workplace by using emerging technology to transform the way people think, or by developing a product or service that has improved the lives of others.

“I was both surprised and humbled when I learned the Filipina Women’s Network had selected me to receive this award,” says Bonifacio. “I am proud to be honoured by an organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the activities, careers and status of Filipina women around the world.”

Bonifacio has been a professor in the U of L’s Department of Women and Gender Studies since 2005 and her research has focused on Filipino women’s migration in Canada and Australia, intersections of gender, development and globalization, and migration and citizenship. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Bonifacio spearheaded a local book drive to help schools in Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013 and she continues to work on this community project with ReadWorld Foundation. This past summer, she instructed the first ever U of L field course to Tacloban. Her students have been inspired by her teaching and leadership and describe her as an amazing and phenomenal professor.

The women selected to receive the award are entrepreneurs, rising stars, seasoned practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.

“They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” says Thelma Boac, Chair of the Global FWN100 Worldwide Search and Selection Committee. “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. Nominations were received from 18 countries.”

The award will be presented at the 12th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in San Francisco on Oct. 30.