March is National Women’s Month, an occasion to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and modern society.
To celebrate this, the Philippine Consulate and the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce held a forum today to talk about the lives of some of the women who have made names for themselves on Guam.
During the forum, panelists such as Jessica Barrett, Jessica Leon Guerrero, Jaylene Kent, Mary Joy Sotic, and Vanessa Williams talked about the struggles of being women in male-dominated fields such as engineering, business, and law.
The panelists called for increased representation and participation in these areas and encouraged aspiring women to not be afraid to pursue opportunities for themselves.
The event’s keynote speaker, hotel and rent-a-car owner Pacita Tomada, says that she appreciated the opportunity to share her experience and help other women reach their goals.
“I’m really happy. I see success with the women of Guam. Interacting and having a collective and collaborative effort to better our community…I think Guam will be a better place to live in,” Tomada said.
Throughout her career, Tomada has given back to local charities and given jobs to several employees. She encourages those in successful positions to give back to the community as a way of being thankful for the opportunities they gained.