Successful Guam daughters coming home for ‘Women Rising’ event

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This year, the organization’s featured speakers, all of whom hail from Guam, are standouts in their respective fields.

Several Guam daughters successful in their respective fields in the mainland will be on Guam next week for the 2020 GWCC Fanachu Famalåo’an: Women Rising event organized by the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s event comes on the heels of five previous successful leadership summits, each of which has been an excellent opportunity for Guam Women’s Chamber members and guests to learn from industry experts here and around the nation.

This year, the organization’s featured speakers, all of whom hail from Guam, are standouts in their respective fields. This year’s annual GWCC event is appropriately themed “Coming Home” and features four women from Guam who used the strength of their island roots to excel in their respective fields in the mainland.

The four are:

  • Chloe Kernaghan, a New York City-based yoga teacher, choreographer, model and owner of SKY TING, a yoga studio she founded alongside Krissy Jones in 2015. In addition to classes across three locations, SKY TING offers teacher training, global retreats, and a new video streaming platform – SKY TING TV. Chloe’s teachings offer practical tools and techniques to create space and find joy in life. She has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Forbes and Well + Good. As a model, she has taken part in campaigns for GAP, Glossier, and Calvin Klein. Beyond yoga, her choreography has been featured in theaters and films including MoMA’s, PS 1 and Ars Nova in New York City.

 

  • Marieta Limuaco who hails from the village of Tamuning, but currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where she is a Senior Product Analyst for the world-renowned Nike Corporation. A graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and Chaminade University, Marieta spent 15 years as a part-time fitness instructor/trainer, seven years in the banking industry, nine years in the shipping industry and five years in the weight loss industry before joining Nike, where she has thrived for the past 12 years. Her position at Nike requires her to deliver solutions that enable a premium employment experience for all company employees and managers worldwide, which entails collaboration with engineers and business partners; designing and documenting functional specs; supporting the creation of test plans to ensure the effective testing of technology changes; and enabling the Nike “team” to succeed by providing insight and critical thinking to holistic solutions and problem-solving. In her spare time, Marieta enjoys outrigger canoe racing, hiking, cycling, golf, volunteering for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Northwest, and arts and crafts. She and her partner have two cats that are their children.

 

  • Jessica Ignacio Mesa who is a Senior Project Manager at prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi. Jessica began her marketing career at the University of Guam, where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in public relations. During her senior year, she entered the Guam Visitors Bureau’s Ms. Guam Tourism Pageant, earning the 1st Runner up title and proudly representing Guam and promoting the island in Japan and Korea. From 2005-2007, Jessica co-hosted the Guam import scene TV show, REVTV, alongside local radio personality Andrew Wheeler. Her career in advertising kicked off with the Denight family’s Denight Marketing Group. The Denights’ mentorship and friendship helped fuel her enthusiasm for the creative industry. Over her 15-plus years in advertising, Jessica worked on accounts including Walmart, Asics, Hyundai, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Honda, and Miller Lite. Today, Jessica is a Senior Project Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi, a global creative communications company that is part of the Publicis Network, the world’s third-largest communications group. As a lead for Toyota Motor North America national advertising campaigns, she manages 20-40 people teams, ensuring stakeholder communication, timeline management, and superior product delivery. Her dynamic motivational and organizational skills oversaw the much-anticipated launch of the 2020 Toyota Supra Super Bowl spot. In 2019, Jessica won the “Cultural Pioneer” award for her role in co-leading the VivaMama network, a resource group whose goal is to foster a workplace culture that allows mothers not only to survive but to thrive in corporate America. As a mother and outdoor enthusiast, Jessica also founded the company Sunsets with Kids, a movement dedicated to the cultivation of mental wellness through outdoor play. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cultivating her succulent garden, discovering new places, spending time with her spontaneous husband and keeping up with her rambunctious sons, Austin and Anthony.

 

  • Eveline Campus, the Chief Mom of Blue Ocean Medical Group, has been described as “a whirling dervish.” Energetic and passionate, she brings a fresh perspective to projects and a zeal for marketing and business development that disrupts the status quo—inspiring others around her to think in a different way. As “Chief Mom” at Blue Ocean Medical Group, Eveline is focused on creating a better healthcare experience for the island. Her 20 years of marketing and business development experience in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Redmond, and Seattle have given her the tools to lead in a way uniquely her own. She helps change the way people think about challenging issues and mentors them to find answers from a different perspective. “Shifting paradigms” is a motto by which she lives. Born and raised in Guam, Eveline is a graduate of St. John’s School in Upper Tumon and received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont Mckenna College in California. Prior to returning home, Eveline’s work experience ranged from Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Slalom Consulting, where she took on various leadership roles. When she isn’t working, Eveline has a passion for soy lattes and great food. She is married to Dr. Hieu Campus and is raising three young boys here on Guam.

Designed to inspire

Fanachu Famalåo’an will happen all day Thursday, March 5, at the Dusit Thani Guam. The premier women’s conference is designed to inspire attendees and provide them with the tools to either launch their start-up business, grow their existing venture or help their organization move forward.

According to GWCC, the four speakers will present and lead discussions around the following topics:

  • Return to Our Roots: How the core values we grow up with show up in our work and our personal life;

  • Building Positive Relationships: The relationships we form in our business and personal lives need to be protected and nurtured if they’re going to endure and help us to be successful; and

  • Corporate and Community Responsibility: We are all interconnected and have a responsibility to each other whether in the workplace, on the global stage or in our personal communities.

In addition to inspiring speakers, the all-day conference includes breakfast, lunch, and giveaways. Pop-up shops, a beauty and wellness lounge, and do-it-yourself workshops featuring local entrepreneurs are also available to participants.

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