They say that leaders must start young. For Hyundai and St. Scholastica’s College Manila, this holds very true. Last November 20, 2019, the St. Scholastica’s College Manila Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo Center for Leadership Excellence held its second annual thought leadership workshop for student leaders. Fifty-two promising students from Grades 7-12 participated to hone their leadership skills and become an inspiration to others.

The MFPA Leadership Center partnered with 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardee, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), to highlight this year’s theme: Inspire to Lead. PETA used the fundamentals of theater and storytelling to teach the workshop participants to be critical, communicative, and creative in dealing with the problems facing their generation.

“We are living in uncertain and volatile times. Young leaders have access to so much information about societal issues and want to help change the world for the better, but it can be difficult for them to know where to start. This innovative workshop with PETA will help them learn how to get the full picture and inspire others to act,” said Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, founder of the Center and President and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI)

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Established on April 14, 2017, the MFPA Center for Leadership Excellence complements the Scholastican academic tradition of leadership. The Center is based on four pillars or modules: Personal Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Social Change, and Service Learning.

In November 2018, the Center held its inaugural session with a Thought Leadership Forum of woman executives that helped impart the proper mindset for leadership in the age of digital disruption.

This year, the workshop developed by PETA and the Center focused on promoting a deeper understanding of the issues that beset the Filipino family and society today. The student leaders were encouraged to reflect on these issues and consider how they can harness creativity to be better heard and listened to.

After watching the students deliver their presentations, Ms. Agudo encouraged the young leaders to continue learning and growing. “As a member of a generation that has seen AND addressed our share of problems over the years, I hope that sharing our insights and experiences can help you mold a better future for our country and for the world! I know I have learned so much just from watching your wonderful presentations! I am inspired to believe that your generation is strong and brave and compassionate enough to face any challenge or problem head on!”