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TUE, MAR 23, 2021 at 8 PM PDT USA
WED, MAR 24, 2021 at 11 AM MANILA


Our Filipino-American community boasts of some of the most entrepreneurial women from various backgrounds. Let’s get to know them and their inspiring stories of how they became businesswomen, what inspired them and so much more!


Pia Gladys Perey
Designer, Buyer, Wholesaler

A mother of four, Pia has a degree in Philosophy and Political Science, but chose to purse her love for fashion. She worked as an assistant designer for haute couture and later on became a buyer and fashion merchandiser for brands like Levis and Speedo. In 2006, Pia moved to Australia to launch her brand at Australian Fashion Week and since then became a trailblazer in the fashion scene. Her brand sells in over 60 stores in 6 countries worldwide. Pia is now based in the USA. She also sits as board member for ASEAN MSME Trade Coalition and Single Moms Planet and just launched a new venture, which aims to bring back fashion manufacturing to the Philippines.

Claire Bella
Founder of UV Care USA

Claire Bella is a wife, mother of three and the founder of UV Care USA. UV Care is a leading provider of germicidal solutions that specialize in all aspects of UV-C disinfection. UV Care provides a wide range of UV-C sterilizing products to all industries, individuals, home and businesses.

Karla Purificacion-Yuasensi
Founder, Kape Republik

Karla is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). With a Bachelors degree in Business as well, Karla started in the fashion industry as a Contemporary Brand Manager before switching careers and opening Kape Republik in April 2016. A Filipino-American Coffeeshop and Bakery located in Cerritos, California, Kape Republik has become a household name known for their Ube Crinkles and the very first Baked Turon! They are opening their second location in Ontario this summer 2021.

Ellen Samson
CEO, American Geriatric

Ellen is the CEO of American Geriatric. She is an international certified dementia trainor and practitioner, a Dementia Family Dynamics Coach and a Geriatric Care Manager. Ellen is also the VP and Founding Board Member of the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC). Visit for more information about geriatric care.

Johanna Kempski
Owner, Resume Writer 2D Rescue

Johanna is a wife, a mother of two and owner of Resume Writer 2D Rescue. She specializes in resume writing, interview strategies, LinkedIn profiles and career guidance. She is also a Board of Directors member for the Inland Empire SHRM, an Ambassador for the Fontana Chambers of Commerce and a Membership chair for the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County.

Johanna’s 9-5 job is a strategic Human Resources leader with over 16 years of experience multi-state in the U.S. and multi-province in Canada. She has a strong background in warehouse and distribution, lean manufacturing and financial industries. During her spare time, she loves to Yelp, cook and travel with her family.

Jen Villar
Founder, Be About the Box

With 30 years experience in the fashion industry, Jennifer decided to pursue entrepreneurship and have launched her online shop, Be About the Box. Curated products with a blend of fashion trends, inspiration and self-love all in one, catering to fashion forward women in a more practical way via social media where it’s hassle free and contactless.

Carmela Bautista
Founder, MediDesk and Kombeenation

Carmela comes from a family of entrepreneurs. At a young age, she learned that great quality products and customer relationships will help business owners thrive.

A longtime medical management professional, she founded MediDesk in 2018 to fill the need for more humane and genuine attention in the workcomp medical care field.

She is also the founder of Kombeenation, which brings Filipinos closer to home with their chicken inasal and chorizo marinades.

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