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About eight years ago, the Research Center for Responsible Consumption and Production based in the Wuppertal Institut asked us to organize a forum on jobs of the future, among other “futuristic” challenges and scenarios. We did not know what jobs there would be because we had just started Industry 4.0 then.

Fast forward to 2019, just seven years after that forum, we now face Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block Chain, Solar Tech, Fintech, and jobs that will become obsolete by 2030. I feel sad that even “farmers” may become obsolete. What would we be eating then?

With these many scenarios of the very near future, a summit on how women (and men) will face the challenges of today’s workplace is coming up and may answer the questions bugging our strategic plans and our courses of action.

And if that sounds like what you are also worried about, then join us at the Women@Work Accelerate, Create, Transform (ACT) in a Digital World Summit on Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dusit Thani Manila.

Organized by the Women’s Business Council Philippines (WomenBizPH), the Women’s Business and Leadership Summit 2019 highlights various experts who create, capture, and deliver value through digital transformation. Women who have broken new ground, defied cultural barriers, and conquered summits never before reached. Much like a contemporary vanguard, overcoming every challenge that comes their way day by day. What makes Women@Work even more awesome is that it is a “not for women only” event, as both men and women participants are welcome to join.

WomenBizPH has partnered with numerous companies, such as Capital One, KPMG, Ortigas & Co., Posible (Phoenix Fuels), SGV & Co., TeamAsia, Dusit Thani Manila, HBC, Double Dragon, UnionBank, CDO, P&A Grant Thornton, Waters Philippines, PNB, CMG, BDB Law, Accenture Philippines, Business Innovations Gateway, Inc. (BIG), Wellmade, CCI France Philippines, GAIN, Spark! PH, La Camara, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Island Rose, and VMV Hypoallergenics to make the summit possible.

The five panels in Women@Work will pique and satisfy your interest, the speakers will cover a variety of topics about our current digital world. Kristine Romano, managing partner at McKinsey & Co. Philippines, is the keynote speaker.

The first panel focuses on customer experience-led digital transformation. Here, participants will learn about the important role and use of data to understand customer needs, wants, and expectations. There will also be a discussion on how companies can leverage and access this knowledge for growth and sustainable success. Speakers for this panel include Catherine Candano, head of data platforms partnership in Google Asia Pacific; Gerry Dy, digital head of Security Bank; and Suzanne Lee, managing partner at Analytiks Inc. and CTO and CIO of Bridge Southeast Asia. Jonathan Joson, partner at Entropia CPR and and co-founder of HairMNL, will be moderating the forum.

The second panel centers on rapid start-up and scaling-up through digital. Participants who are fascinated with the inner workings of a start-up and their eventual scaling-up in the industry will gain a lot of insights during this particular forum. Case studies from different prominent companies will be shared by the panelists. Albet Buddahim, CEO of Katapult Digital and chief marketing capability strategist of Mansmith and Fielders Inc., will be moderating. Featured speakers include Bhavna Suresh, CEO of Lamudi Philippines; Mia Bulatao, president and COO of QuadX Inc.; and Minette Navarrete, president of Kickstart Ventures.

Tackling the issue of capturing value through digital transformation, the third panel will look at fintech and blockchain technology. The panelists include Erica Valerio, chief business development officer of Satoshi Citadel Ventures Inc.; Fam Alonto, head of innovation at Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd.; Linda Lan, VP of digital commerce at Oriente (Cashalo); and Yang Yang Zhang, co-founder of Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX). Mench Dizon, founder of, is the moderator.

As we delve deeper into the impact of digital transformation, we will see the smaller, yet vital details that go into it. In the fourth panel, knowledgeable speakers such as Ireen Catane, enterprise commercial director of Microsoft; Ambe Tierro, senior managing director and artificial intelligence delivery and capability lead at Accenture Technology; and Dannah Majarocon, managing director of Lalamove Philippines will discuss how to deliver value through digital tools and applications. Vince Rodriguez, category head for banking, financial services, insurance, and public sector at PLDT Enterprise, completes the panel as moderator.

Capping the Summit will be a special fireside chat between established leaders and next generation leaders in the digital field on the way forward for women leaders, their vision for shaping the world, their secrets to success, and advice on hurdling challenges and enabling women empowerment. Joining the conversation are Myla Villanueva, chairman of MDI Group and CEO of Novare Technologies, Inc.; Maria Christina Coronel, president and CEO of Pointwest Technologies and concurrently president of the Health Information Management Association of the Philippines; Ana Maria Aboitiz-Delgado, head for consumer finance, chief customer experience officer and senior VP of UnionBank of the Philippines; and Kathleen Yu, founder and CEO of Rumarocket Inc. Ken Lingan, CEO of the Publicis Groupe Philippines, will moderate the panel.

Excited yet? Visit to know more about the Women@Work Summit and sign up today. Registration rates start at P5,000. We can’t wait to accelerate, create, and transform with you!

Surely, we will learn from these men and women who are in the midst of Industry 4.0. Who knows, our jobs may even disappear sooner than later. Would you care to know if your job would still be there?

The article reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not reflect the official stand of the Management Association of the Philippines or the MAP.


Chit U. Juan is a member of the MAP Inclusive Growth Committee and the President of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc.