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Elizabeth Bautista, Chair of Filipinas in Computing, Recognized Globally As A Filipina Of Distinction

Filipina Leadership Summit and Gala Awards Event To Take Place October 29-31 in San Francisco


ElizabethBautistaElizabeth Bautista, Chair of Filipinas in Computing, an Anita Borg Systers Comunity, was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women’s Network.

Elizabeth leads the Operations Technology Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. NERSC is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) leading supercomputer center for open scientific research and Bautista’s group provides 24×7 support to ensure that these critical computing resources are available to nearly 6,000 users at universities and national laboratories across the country. The group also provides a Network Operations Center for the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the global, high-performance, unclassified network linking 40 DOE research sites, computational facilities and major scientific instruments.

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. Bautista was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.  To view the list of nominees, go to

Elizabeth was honored in the BUILDER award category. Builders have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own organization; demonstrates high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, or organization in the public and private sectors. “Buildership” is about building better organizations, leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align.

In conjunction with her work at NERSC, Bautista manages a successful paid internship program for students, actively conducts outreach to high schools, and colleges, collaborates with her partners in national labs and universities to introduce students to computational science as a career. She also collaborates with diversity groups in schools and communities in the technology area like Systers to create a pipeline for an inclusive workforce program.

“The Global FWN100™ women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, 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. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said 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 Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose and FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy by 2020. The awardees are asked to re-invent themselves by paying forward, femtoring a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 29-31, 2015 in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Club.

“Elizabeth Bautista is now a 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 Marily Mondejar, FWN’s Founder & CEO. “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 the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.”

“The summit’s theme this year is Legacy2.0 Next Generation Leaders. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Pinay 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.”

The Filipina Summit’s aspirational sessions include “Smart.Young.Unintimidated.Next Generation Leaders.Yes.We.Are., Make Me A Filipina Millionaire, Make Me A Filipina CEO, Kick-Ass Women in Kali, Arnis, Eskrima, and Boxing. Learning Journeys to MedShare, the Golden State Warriors, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will convene the philanthropy, sports and STEM leaders. The public and private business partnerships meetings, the popular ‘Pinay Speed Femtoring’ with selected 100 young Filipina professionals and graduate students who will meet and learn from the Global FWN100™ awardees, and the “Corporate Men: The Power of Gender Equality” are much anticipated.

Sponsors who have partnered to-date with FWN are Wells Fargo, AT&T, Seven Seven Corporate Group, Ramar Foods International, Southwest Airlines and 5M Project. To sponsor the Filipina Leadership Summit or attend the gala awards ceremony, go to

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About NERSC, ESnet and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. ESnet is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit and Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. Learn more about Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab.


About Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)

The Filipina Women’s Network is a San Francisco based non-profit professional organization for women of Philippine ancestry with members worldwide. We promote the social welfare of Filipina women and advocate for Filipina women’s rights. FWN provides the content; credibility and community to help women of Philippine ancestry succeed in their businesses and careers. FWN provides knowledge, products, education, research and a worldwide network for Filipina women professionals.

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About the Filipina Leadership Global Summit

The 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 that foster the Filipina women’s socio-economic, political and educational advancement in addition to raising awareness of FWN’s pipeline development of qualified next generation leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position. More info:


About the Global FWN100™ Awards

The 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 Pinay through the FEMtorship initiative and bring her to the Filipina Summit. More info: