MARCH 2, 2019



Pinay Powerhouse III...(cont.)


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”There are so many of us across the country -- seeking to make the best of ourselves, our careers, our communities, our families, our friendships -- and our identities as Filipinas. I accepted my role as a member of the executive committee. It is my great hope that I can express my gratitude for what this conference did in my life by helping it happen in the Aloha State, my home,” said Gardner.

Top-notched Panelists

As Ganir and Gardner drew inspiration from speakers of Pinay Powerhouse II, this year’s conference will also have top attorneys in various fields of law.

Josephine Parry, the keynote speaker, entitled her address “Don’t Shrink, Shine: Claiming Space in a White Male-Dominated Profession & Practice Area – Reflections from a Pioneering Pinay Powerhouse.”

She will speak on the Shine Theory (this year’s theme), the term coined by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sou which describes a commitment to collaborating with rather than competing against other people—especially other women.

Parry will also discuss a range of other topics: qualities that make an effective leader; bad habits to let go of; sources of inspiration; promoting self - how to ask for raises; resilience - how to stay inspired while facing adversity, burn-out, jadedness; traversing troughs - how to keep yourself up and bounce back after a blow in your career; and assimilation (or not) - as a female and Filipino.

Atty. Parry is former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Novell, Inc. and former Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Tandem Computers, past Fortune 500 companies.

Panel I and II

Pinay Powerhouse III will have two panels, both of which could go toward continuing legal education.

The first panel features four prominent Filipina lawyers who are leaders in multiple social justice initiatives and have careers in public service. The panel will focus on strategies for positive social change.

Panel 1, Bright Spots: Pinay-Powered Social Justice Achievements, will feature the following topics and attorneys: Immigrant Rights by Jerilynn Gonzales Abrams of Gonzalez Gonzalez & Gonzales Immigration Law Offices; Gender and Race Equity by Jennifer Rose, Director of University of Hawai`i Office of Institutional Equity; Human Trafficking by Jennifer Sta. Ana, US Dept of Labor; and Filipino Veteran Advocacy by Abelina M. Shaw, 1st Filipina Chief of Staff to Mayor of Honolulu, HI; advocate for WWII Filipino veterans through FilVetRep Region 11 Congressional Gold Medal.

Besides their specific topic, panelists will also address how being a Filipina empowered them in their work and some of the challenges they’ve encountered.

The second panel is composed of four prominent Filipina lawyers in private and government sectors. They will discuss strategies for fundraising, business, and brand development.

Panel 2, Rain and Shine: Using Pinay Power to Bring Business and Prestige to Your Practice, will feature attorneys speaking on: Building Your Litigation Practice by Carolyn E. Sieve, Partner for Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP; Politics and Private Practice by Della Au Belatti, Hawaii House of Representatives, District 25; Banking, Compliance, Government Relations by Faith Lleva Anderson, Senior VP/General Counsel for American Airlines; and Path from Private Practice to Judgeship by Hon. Darolyn H. Lendio, District Judge of the First Circuit.

According to the ABA: “Women constituted a mere 16 percent of equity partners in U.S. law firms in 2009—unchanged from 2008 and barely up from 2006… Almost half of firms have no women among their top 10 rainmakers; another third have only one woman among their top 10… Rainmakers tend to be better compensated and are more likely to hold positions of power. It also makes them more marketable should they choose to switch firms. ‘If women attorneys have any hopes of achieving a longer life span in the modern law firm, they must learn to generate business.’”

Enthusiasm for the conference and for the Filipino legal community

Angelica Zabanal, a litigator at Duane Morris LLP, FBANC co-director of community outreach and co-chair of the women’s committee, and graduate of UH-Manoa’s -William S. Richardson School of Law, will be attending the Hawaii conference.

“I am really excited to come back to Hawaii and to share the sisterhood I have found with my fellow Pinay Powerhouses with my home,” said Zabanal.

She attended Pinay Powerhouse I and it was the first time, she recalls, being in a room full of pinay attorneys like herself for the very first time in her life.

That experience convinced her, she says, “to leave the sidelines, step up and become more involved in my local Filipino bar organization, FBANC

“There is nothing more powerful than this kind of sisterhood, remember my sisters in law, and knowing that I’m fully supported,” she said.

Zabanal points to statistics that show there is still a need for more representation of Filipinas in the legal profession. “According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Filipinos and part-Filipinos constitute approximately 23 percent of the state population, yet as a Filipina lawyer from Hawaii, I did not see that ratio reflected in the legal community of Hawaii.

“It is incumbent upon us sisters-in-law to share this spirit of community and inspire others to know that we are here, and that they have a seat with us if they so desire,” she said.

If you would like to claim your space in this sisterhood, be inspired and learn invaluable information, organizers invite you to claim your seat and attend this moving event. For registration and rates, visit


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