[News] 2NE1′s Dara on the Worldwide List in Women Leaders’ Top 10 Women to Watch

Women to watch are American politician Gabrielle Giffords, Japanese virtual popstar Hatsune Miku, Indonesian CEO Karen Agustiawan, Taiwanese popstar Ella Chen, Malaysian professional squash player Nicol David, Korean popstar Dara of 2NE1, Indian chocolate artisan Mayavee Khandelwal, UK singer Birdy, YouTube Sensation Julie Anne San Jose and CNN Anchor Veronica Pedrosa.

The Top 10 Women to Watch are selected by the Women Leaders’ Centre based on several important criteria: positive bottom line organisational impact, global influence on women equality and unique contribution to contemporary society.

As a CNN Anchor, Veronica Pedrosa won the Best News Anchor by the 2004 Asia Television Awards. Recently as an Al Jazzera correspondent, she meets Imelda Marcos takes a journey back to the country she was exiled from when she was just a child. It is also the country where she later began her 20-year career as a journalist and braves to examine the actual impact of relative freedom of expression in the Philippines. Today, she continues to bring viewers news on all the major global and regional news events and has interviewed a wide range of world figures including Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, East Timor Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. She has also hosted the HR Talk Show in June to facilitate discussion in organisational best practices contributing to growth in an uncertain economy. Veronica Pedrosa is indeed a certified “Woman at the Top.”

And of course, who would forget that charming little girl who grew up to be a fine lady. It’s no other than Youtube sensation Julie Anne San Jose, who captured the hearts of millions with her covered songs – her rendition of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass is the bomb! Recently, she was awarded as the Best Teen Female Performer during the 24th Aliw Awards. People say that she is the perfect role model for young girls everywhere and we couldn’t agree more. Hands down, she’s the winner. Julie Anne is a fast-rising star who is ready to take over Manila and the rest of the world by storm.

There’s no doubt about it. Women everywhere are vital players in each and every society. When it comes to leadership, sports, entertainment, business, and politics, women now have the authority and power to nurture and shape different industries. They are the top innovators, movers, and shakers of this century. Women have broken new ground in diverse areas of expertise – therefore making them the visions of a new generation.

“When you look at the 10 personalities in this list, it’s apparent that women are making a buzz,” says Women Leaders Director Frank Mercado. “It’s clear to see that more and more women are achieving significant success.”

The list was gathered in light of the forthcoming Women Leaders conference in Manila, Philippines. Women at the Top 2012 is the best avenue for women to share their stories and inspirations. This conference aims to highlight the progress in the lives of women around the world. This conference is all about breaking boundaries and barriers, and fostering relationship among the women leaders of today. Women Leaders applaud women from all over the world for liberating the female gender identity.

The conference will be composed of some of the world’s top business women, women leaders, entrepreneurs, and women who accomplished the fields of information technology, beauty, fashion, music, the arts, sport, science and government. The exchange of ideas will put its center of attention on what women want in terms of a holistic lifestyle as they increasingly achieve and progress towards positions of power, wealth and influence. Women at the Top 2012 actively seeks topnotch visionaries and jet-setters from different countries and from a broad array of fields and business sectors.

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