ANALISA LEONOR BALARES
CEO & Founder, Womensphere Foundation
Chief Innovation Officer, Womensphere Innovation Lab
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
Member, Women's Forum of New York, International Women's Forum
Analisa Leonor Balares is an emerging global leader dedicated to unleashing the potential of women and girls, and creating an inclusive and sustainable world. She is a community builder, social innovator, global entrepreneur, and mentor. For over two decades, she has been committed to women’s leadership development, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education, and has produced, directed, and co-produced over 100 conferences and forums on these themes.
In February 2008, Analisa created and launched Womensphere, a global community platform and social enterprise dedicated to unleashing the potential of women and girls, inspiring transformational leadership and innovation, and mobilizing systemic interventions and individual initiatives to create a better future for our world. She also created the Womensphere Foundation, which is focused on the education and empowerment of women and girls.
Since its founding, Womensphere has convened and connected over 5,000leaders through 30 conferences, forums, and media in the United States and Europe.
Analisa was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is being recognized this year as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World. She was also honored as one of 30 Outstanding Women Leaders by the National Council for Research on Women, with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award by the National Minority Business Council, and Fearless Woman of the Year by The Fearless Factor. She was recognized by the US Filipina Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in America, by UNO Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Filipinas in the World, and by The New Leaders Council as one of its 40 Under 40 New Leaders in America.
Analisa holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; a BA in Economics & Mathematics cum laude from Mount Holyoke College; and the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Lester Pearson United World College in Canada, as a Scholar of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Ayala Foundation. She studied Digital Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, and is a silver medalist from the Manila Science High School.
Analisa currently serves as Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the YGL Global Gender Leadership Initiative of the Young Global Leaders community of the World Economic Forum; Member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women's Leadership Board (on sabbatical); Member of the prestigiousWomen's Forum of New York, Commissioner of the Women's Refugee Commission, and Members of L'Oreal's Panel of Critical Friends, an independent global advisory group focused on L'Oreal's global sustainability and impact.
Prior to Womensphere, Analisa was Global Marketing and Product Manager at Microsoft focused on MSN's blogging and social networking service. She has previously worked at the Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking group, where she helped execute over $1.5 billion in IPOs, corporate financings, and mergers and acquisitions for technology and communications companies such as Red Hat and Nokia. Following Goldman Sachs, Analisa joined Milestone Capital as Director of Development & New Ventures where she worked with Milestone CEO Janet Hanson on developing the 85 Broads global network and platform. Analisa has also worked at Morgan Stanley's Energy Investment Banking group as part of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program, and in Economic Research and Analysis at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva as part of a Mount Holyoke College international fellowship.
Analisa’s journey to make a positive impact and help “create the future” started very early, and continues to span the globe:
While at the Manila Science High School, Analisa led innovative experiments, research and prototype development on biofuels and pollution mitigation – a body of work that earned her and her team multiple national awards from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Shell Foundation over three years - Outstanding Junior Scientist, Outstanding Youth Science Researcher, and the DOST Appropriate Technology Award. She represented the Philippines in International Science Fairs in Asia.
Analisa was a recognized national youth spokesperson and community organizer on areas such as girls’ leadership, youth empowerment, innovation, and sustainability, as National Capital Region Chair of the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, and as President of the Y-Teens Interclub of the Manila YWCA.
As a high school senior, Analisa was also chosen to serve as Youth Mayor of the City of Manila, and elected Senate President of the inaugural Philippine Youth Environment Congress where she led drafting the Philippine youth’s public policy recommendations for the inaugural UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Today, in addition to building Womensphere globally, Analisa actively contributes to the community by supporting a select group of NGOs led by women or serving women (such as Advancement for Rural Kids, Global Fund for Women, Global Fund for Widows, Indego Africa, Philippine Development Foundation/Ayala Foundation, Shining Hope for Communities, Women’s Refugee Commission, and more). She serves as a Mentor for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, and serves on the Advisory Councils of the Asian Women’s Leadership University Project, and the Polaris Project, a leading NGO combating all forms of human trafficking.
Personal Site: www.analisabalares.net