Women’s Committee: Pinay Powerhouse

Established in 2015, the FBANC Women’s Committee was created to provide an independent space where Pinay law students and attorneys can articulate issues and strategize how to engage the Filipino-American community and support Pinay representation in senior and leadership positions.  We aim to provide networking and mentorship opportunities and provide meaningful resources for our members.  

Women's Committee Co-Chairs

Women's Committee Members

  • Christine Start
  • Vanessa Leonardo

2017-2018 Events

Pinay Powerhouse Conference (hosted by PABA in Los Angeles, CA) – April 6-8, 2018

Pregnancy Know Your Rights Clinic – March 10, 2018

Women's Committee Happy Hour – February 28, 2018

Women's Committee Luncheon – January 25, 2018

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, eleven members of FBANC’s Women’s Committee met in the heart of the Financial District to share a midday meal together. The sisters-in-law kicked off the year with a discussion on self-care, work-life balance, and finding joy every day. We leaned in and shared ways to support each other in achieving our dreams. Special thanks to committee member Joan R. Camagong and Shook, Bacon, & Hardy for sponsoring our delicious lunch. Ang sarap!

Women's Committe Afternon Tea – August 6, 2017

On August 6, 2017, FBANC Women’s Committee held its 2nd Annual Afternoon Tea.  Over sips of tea and bites of lumpia, seventeen women spent their Sunday afternoon in sisterhood, sharing their stories of career highs and lows, challenges, and success.  Judge Elena Gonzales, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge of California, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Rosielyn Pulmano Thompson, Chief Consultant of the California State Assembly Committee on Health were also in attendance and shared their thoughts and advice on the legal profession.

Thanks to all our sisters-in-law for sharing your time and love in making the Tea a huge success – what an empowering event!  Special thanks to Ruth Catolico Ashley, FBANC Advisory Board Member, former President of NAPABA, and First Filipino to serve on CA State Bar Board of Governors, who graciously hosted the event at the Ashley Villa.  We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Annual Tea! 

Past Events:


Past Women’s Committee Chairs:

  • 2016-2017 Christine Start, FBANC Advisory Board Member and Former President and Mari Bandoma Callado, FBANC Treasurer

  • 2015-2016 Vanessa Candeleria, FBANC Advisory Board Member and Former President and Jeanne Grove, FBANC Professional Development Co-Director