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Knowledge: Filipino American Woman Breaks Mold for CEOs

posted by Randall

Shiela Lirio MarceloSheila Lirio Marcelo doesn’t look like your typical CEO–an old white male.

She’s petite, Filipino American and one the first woman CEOs to ever take her company public.

Marcelo is CEO and co-founder of and was named by Fortune as one of the ten top women entrepreneurs.

She has her share of stories of people who’ve mistaken her for an administrative assistant or questioned her knowledge. You can read about that in Knowledge.

During a recent speech, she urged the women in attendance to step up and overcome their inhibitions.

“What are your triggers? What bothers you, makes you [feel] insecure? Why are you going into a meeting and not speaking up? To lead, you’ve got to get through your own stuff [first] so that you can focus on others,” Marcelo said.

She implored the women to see themselves as leaders.

“Say that you’re a female leader,” she said. “Raise your hand high, so that more women can see that.”

You can read about what she calls the three p’s for Asian American women in Knowledge.


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