SGV celebrates International Women’s Day

As part of International Women’s Day (IWD), SGV held a series of firmwide activities and social media campaigns to recognize the contributions and achievements of all women in the workplace.

Talent team organizes photo contest and forum

SGV’s Talent team held the She’s my hero photo contest to recognize the women who have greatly influenced the lives of SGVeans. Participants posted photos of women who have had a positive impact and influence on their lives.

One of the online posters about the contest

The team also organized a forum titled She’s Taking the Lead last 12 March with Ms. Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, as guest speaker. SGV Chairman and Country Managing Partner Wilson P. Tan (WPT) welcomed participants to the webinar and briefly discussed how the pandemic has impacted women who need to balance work and family duties, citing the results of the UN Women study report. He then encouraged participants to develop solutions to better support women in the workplace.

Ms. Chaye and JOM presenting at the forum

Ms. Chaye shared stories about her career journey and her experiences as a wife and mother. She explained how she overcame various challenges she faced through the support of other women, highlighting the mentorship she received from SGV Alumna Partner, the late Amelia B. Cabal (ABC). She also discussed how she turned the unique challenges brought by the pandemic into opportunities to bond with her family and champion sustainability for future generations through various projects.

SGV Talent Leader Julie O. Mateo (JOM) delivered the closing remarks and thanked participants for supporting the Firm’s IWD initiatives, highlighting how women empowerment and diversity and inclusiveness have always been a part of SGV’s culture.

Consulting hosts 2nd She Inspires webinar

SGV’s Consulting and Talent teams also organized a forum on Claiming Our Seat at the Table last 26 March. The forum was part of the She Inspires webinar series where women leaders share their experiences as female professionals and the valuable lessons they have learned over the years.

AGG presenting at the forum

The guest speaker was Ms. Ma. Aurora “Boots” Geotina-Garcia (AGG), SGV Alumna Partner and Chairperson of Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) and Co-Chairperson of The Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE). AGG discussed the various obstacles that women face in the workplace and provided tips on how women leaders can claim their seat at the table through grit and determination. Emphasizing the importance of having women in key decision-making roles, she explained how gender equality can benefit organizations, businesses and the economy. She also spoke on her experiences in the Firm and shared how her mentors supported her professional development, regardless of her gender.

The forum’s organizing team included Consulting Leader Rossana A. Fajardo and Consulting Partners Maria Kathrina S. Macaisa-Peña and Leonardo J. Matignas, Jr. and Associate Director Carol Formilleza. WPT, Tax Principal Margarita D. Mallari-Acaban and Consulting Partner Carlo G. Dimarucut also participated in the session.

SGV & Co. is a Founding Member of the PBCWE and is the first Philippine multidisciplinary professional services firm to receive EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) certification, a leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality.