Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, once said that, “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” Though we are certainly making great strides in disproving stereotypes of what it means to be a woman, there is still much to be done before we achieve true equality.

Womanhood is beautiful and powerful but it is also complex. There are days when we don’t really know where we’re headed or if we’re doing the right thing. That can be scary but it doesn’t have to be.

Belle de Jour is a community that empowers women to try, to dare, to achieve, to discover, and to live our best lives. This year, they are celebrating 10 years of empowerment by hosting the first BDJ Women’s Summit on April 16, 2016, at Samsung Hall in SM Aura. The theme is Women Helping Women.


With 800-1000 attendees ready to take action and make a difference, the summit is meant to provoke meaningful and engaging discussions on women-related issues such as self-proficiency, anti-intellectualism, legacy building, and creating social impact – and spark action.

Here’s a list of who you can expect to hear from and what you can learn about at the summit:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  : Women Helping Women

: Amina Rasul-Bernardo (Philippine Centre for Islam & Democracy — Int’l Women’s Advocate)

PLENARY 1 : Boosting Curiosity and Intellectual Discourse

: Ana Santos (Journalist, Women Empowerment advocate)

: Risa Hontiveros (Health and Women Empowerment Advocate)

PLENARY 2 : Working Towards Financial Freedom

: Myrna Padilla (Mynd Dynamic Team – OFW turned Businesswoman)

: Salve Duplito (ANC On the Money Host, Financial Journalist)

PLENARY 3  : Finding the Courage to Lead

: Rep. Leni Robredo (2016 Vice Presidential Candidate)

: Myrza Sison (Editorial Director, Summit Media)

PLENARY 4  : Nurturing Passions to Inspire Good 

: Susan Afan (Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.)

: Jen Santos (General Manager, G-Stuff)


Are you a mother? An artist? An entrepreneur? Or something completely different? Maybe you’re still figuring it out. Wherever you are in your journey as a woman, Women Helping Women can answer some of those questions.

You can buy tickets at! Join us on April 16 at Samsung Hall, SM Aura!

Instagram: @bdjbuzz



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