Wilcon Depot SEVP-Chief Operating Officer Rosemarie Ong was hailed as the 2018 International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Awardee during the IWEC 11th Annual Conference and Awards at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Shanghai, China on September 11, 2018.
Rosemarie Ong received the award from IWEC Ambassador and Foundation Chairwoman Ruth A. Davis. The award honors women who have achieved the highest standards in business and expanded their companies through their global outreach. Rosemarie Ong's strong and successful entrepreneurial business path and nurturing ways of doing business despite of the male-dominated construction/retail industry makes her outstanding.
For more than three decades, Rosemarie Ong has been managing Wilcon Depot, the Philippine's leading home improvement and construction supply retailer. She has held positions in Marketing, Administration and Operations. She is also currently serving as the newly elected President of Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) and the President of Wilcon Builders’ Foundation, Inc. (WBFI). She also served as the Former Director and Chairman Committee on CSR and Public Relations of Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) and Former Treasurer of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) Foundation.
“I am deeply honored to be acknowledged for this year's IWEC awardee. I hope that IWEC would continuously live up to its mission on elevating female entrepreneurs worldwide and ensuring women’s economic participation in driving global economic growth. I believe that more and more women entrepreneurs and business leaders like me will be inspired to take new opportunities and ventures in the business,” said Rosemarie Ong during an interview.
IWEC is a New York-based international economic empowerment program formed in 2007, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of State, designed to develop a global business network of successful women business owners, helping them gain and expand access to international markets, through the participation of chambers of commerce worldwide.
The conference entitled 'Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Discovering Opportunities in Asia’ focused about the global successes in female entrepreneurship, forging of new business relationships, and discussed growth opportunities in Asia as the global network of women-owned businesses.