Marily Mondejar Chief Executive Officer
Filipina Women’s Network (President)
Marily Mondejar is a senior business leader with wide-ranging global experience as an entrepreneur, strategist and advisor to leading organizations.
She advises executives on leadership and career derailment issues, and consults on corporate image strategies, merger implications, scenario planning, and how to maximize performance, through work with executive teams, alliance-building, and inter-cultural communications. Select clients included Cemex, Siebel, and Webex.
IMarily, the Founder & CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), has dedicated the last decade to transforming how global Filipina women view themselves and how others perceive them. The transformed image is of women initiating influential activities. Her initiatives to bring about this transformation have included producing alternative and more positive search results on the Internet for the term “Filipina,” embracing Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues
to launch a campaign to end domestic violence, and facilitating the creation of a pipeline of Filipina leaders with the skills to compete at all levels in all economic sectors. As the sixth of 13 children, Marily learned early how to get her voice heard by her family and carried this over throughout her career in roles as a community and business leader, as a board member for organizations working on improving the status of women, and as commissioner on various commissions and task forces appointed by San Francisco Mayors Wille Brown, Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee.
Marily also draws from her experience as a survivor of an abusive relationship, a single mother, and a U.S. immigrant who started from scratch to promote networks for advancing the status of Filipina women globally. Marily has helped shift the language of mentorship to “femtorship,” and the mindset of Filipina women from being a silent force in society to a catalyst in changing the face of power in America and worldwide. Her impact can be measured by the countless number of women she brought along with her and those they will in turn bring along with them to positions of leadership.
Marily serves (and has served) on nonprofit boards and commissions including Leadership California, the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, Image Industry Council International, the American Society for Training and Development, to name a few.
In 2010, she was honored by the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus (nominated by Speaker Pro Tem Fiona Ma) with the Award for Excellence in Civil Rights; in 2012, she was selected by KQED as Local (S)Hero to celebrate Women's History Month; in 2013, California Woman of the Year; for Kapit-Bisig Women's Human Rights Award by Westbay; for Community Service by Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (APALA); in 2014, the Circle of Courage Award by the Women's Intercultural Network.
Marily was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (CCII), the successor agency for the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission. CCII exercises land use, development and design approval authority for development projects which include Mission Bay, Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point and Transbay Terminal and manages the former Redevelopment Agency assets in Yerba Buena Center. These projects represent $20 billion in assets and will create jobs, affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open space areas.
In 2011, she served on the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force convened every 10 years after the Census results are released, that redrew the boundaries of San Francisco's 11 districts, laying the groundwork for the city's political future for the next decade.
Barbara Mark, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder
Full Circle Institute (Vice President)
Barbara Mark, Ph.D. is a consulting psychologist, consultant and executive coach. She works with ambitious and high-achieving female executives and women business owners.
Dr. Mark has been brought into the confidence of thousands of professional women seeking to maintain inner balance while facing diverse external demands, personal ambition, and the desire to feel satisfied and fulfilled personally and professionally. She has been working with women in business for nearly three decades across all industries from micro-business to Fortune 100 companies and has supported their success in the constantly changing landscape for female executives.
She is passionate about supporting women in leadership. "Today's global environment requires that we work together for the betterment of all. Women naturally bring skills to the table that are invaluable on the current global playing field. Life serves up many changes, opportunities, and challenges. My goal is to help and inspire women to face them with courage, passion, grace, and wisdom."
She completed her masters in Humanistic Psychology with a focus in adult development and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in human potential and leadership. She is also certified in meditation instruction, stress management, and Interactive Guided Imagery, a process of creating change through visualization and focused attention.
Dr. Mark is recognized expert on adult development and is a sought-after coach by women who are looking to make appropriate and actionable personal and professional decisions at any stage of their lives and careers. Helping her clients find clarity around everything from how to deal with strategic career challenges to avoiding hot flashes in the boardroom makes her an invaluable asset to every woman in business.
She continues her professional training and personal development on a regular basis to stay current with local and global trends in leadership as well as staying at the top of her own game. As a result she remains a thought-leader in the areas of personal development, leadership, and cross-generational communication. She is the recipient of the “2010 History Maker – Most Power Women of the Bay” Award and is a frequent keynote speaker.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Melissa Sandgren is a strategy consultant who analyzes deeply held socio-cultural norms in countries, cultures and societies. By recognizing engrained values and norms, societies can begin to shift dialogue in ways that are constructive, productive and relevant to achieve more equitable outcomes.
Melissa's background includes time with UN Women, the World Health Organization, the Global Fund for Women, the Women's Foundation of California and VDay. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was heavily involved with the Women in Public Policy Program. She is passionate about using technology to bring innovative ideas to the public sector and to foster social change within societies. She has lived, traveled and worked in more than 70 countries.
In her spare time, she trains for marathons, enjoys the Bay Area and researches and writes on gender. Two recent articles published in the Harvard Kennedy School Review can be found cross-posted below:
Dr. Emily Moto Murase
San Francisco Department
on the Status of Women
After serving on the Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Emily Moto Murase was appointed Executive Director by Mayor Gavin Newsom in July 2004. Dr. Murase previously served as a director in the first Clinton White House.
A Founding Sister of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, she currently co-chairs the Parent Teacher Community Council of her daughter's public elementary school, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West. She holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, a master's from the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, and a PhD in communication from Stanford.
Emily resides in San Francisco with her husband Neal Taniguchi, Chief Fiscal Officer at the San Francisco Trial Court, and her two daughters Junko Taniguchi (5), Chief Negotiator, and Erin Murase (2 1/2), Chief Curiosity Officer of the Murase/Taniguchi household.