ABOUT OUR CHAIR & FOUNDER

Analisa Leonor Balares is Chair and Founder of the Womensphere Foundation, CEO and Founder of the Womensphere global leadership community and social enterprise, and Creator of Heroine Media.

Analisa is an emerging global leader dedicated to unleashing women’s potential, and advancing the evolution of women as leaders, innovators, and creators around the world.  She is a community builder, global entrepreneur, social innovator, and mentor to many. For over two decades, Analisa has been committed to women’s leadership development, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education, and has produced, directed, and co-produced over 100 summits, forums, and media on these themes.

In February 2008, Analisa created and launched Womensphere, a unique leadership community and global social enterprise that convenes, mobilizes, and creates platforms for action - uniting individuals, companies, networks, academic institutions, and NGOs, around the shared purpose of unleashing women's potential and enabling the evolution of women as leaders, innovators and creators in our global society. The Womensphere global leadership community inspires, connects, and empowers women leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, scientists, artists, financiers, and pioneering women across all fields. Since its founding, Womensphere has reached, convened and connected over 3,500  leaders through 24 conferences, and forums in the United States and Europe.

Analisa has recently been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was also recently honored as an Outstanding Woman Leader by the National Council for Research on Women, with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award by the National Minority Business Council, and Fearless Factor Woman of the Year by The Fearless Factor in New York City. She was also honored 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.

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 in developing the 85 Broads global network and platform. Analisa also worked at Morgan Stanley's Energy Investment Banking group as part of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program, and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva as part of an international fellowship.

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 holds a Digital Filmmaking Certificate from the New York Film Academy, and a Silver Medal from the Manila Science High School.  While at HBS, Analisa co-founded and was Co-CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, receiving the HBS Sacerdote Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. She was Co-President of the HBS Entrepreneurship Club, VP of the Leadership & Ethics Forum, and Co-Captain of the HBS Debate Team

Analisa’s journey to make a positive impact and help “create the future” started early during her years in the Philippines:  

While at the Manila Science High School, Analisa led innovative experiments, research, and prototype development on biofuels, recycling, 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, and was a recognized national youth spokesperson on issues of girls’ leadership, youth empowerment, innovation, and sustainability.

When Analisa was chosen to serve as Youth Mayor of the City of Manila, she led the creation and passing of 18 Executive Orders into law, touching upon education, economic empowerment of the poor, and sustainability in the City of Manila. She was 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. As Regional Chair of the National Capital Region for the Philippine Society ofYouth Science Clubs, she was an organizer, community builder, and public spokesperson promoting youth leadership around public understanding of science, technology, and the environment.  For four years, she served as a Member of the Youth Board of Directors of the Manila YWCA, organizing the annual Manila YWCA leadership seminars convening the young women of Manila.

Today, in addition to building Womensphere globally, Analisa actively contributes to the community by leading the Womensphere Foundation and its efforts to systematically support and amplify the impact of social good organizations, from academic institutions to NGOs to social entrepreneurs.  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. She also serves on the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders' Task Force on Closing the Gender Gap.  She is a co-creator of the Womensphere-Mary J. Blige Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) Mentoring Program.

Twitter: @analisabalares