founder, ceo & senior consultant
When it's my turn, I say hell Yes!
Hi! My name is Maiden Manzanal-Frank. I am the Founder, CEO and Senior Consultant of GlobalStakes.
Eight years ago to be exact, I moved to Canada from the Philippines with two big suitcases and a dream. My aspiration is to find success in my new chosen country- Canada. Armed with a masters' degree and a successful international career, I thought it would be a challenge but not impossible. I had a string of employment that was successful but, without a doubt, I long for something that actually could use my fullest potential.
To work for others is one thing and to work for a life that you love is a completely another idea.
Back home in the Philippines, my training was in international development rooted in a strong developmental focus working women, youth, social enterprises, non-profit organizations, coalitions, networks, international donors, UN, to name a few. I have travelled almost every month and every corner of the world, and worked in 15 countries in Asia with regular trips in Europe, US, and Africa. Life was just beginning to unfold. Yet, the same non-profit practice just didn't jive with my ethos and knowledge that the way things are done could be better!
I have worked with several organizations that left me stressed, more jaded, questioning all the time, overworked with low pay, and skeptical about the impact we are making in the world. Most of these organizations do not know exactly how to motivate, train, encourage, and provide mentoring to young workers in the sector. At times, I wanted to quit and join the corporate wagon. But I stayed on the course.
I stubbornly propose that there is a better way of doing development.
In 2013, I founded GlobalStakes Consulting to use the best global development practice for local impact. As a consultant, I am in a unique position to inspire, influence, build capacities of organizations to be better practitioners in the social change sector. With more than 15 years of deep experience, straddling between the East and the West, between developing and developed contexts, I am privileged to be sitting at this juncture.
Where I am right now is the synthesis of all the hard, messy and complicated work of finding my voice and using my expertise to make a difference.
In 2015 I received the Bhichai and Khunying Charoye Rattakul Scholar for Peace and Conflict Resolution Award for the outstanding work in community development by fostering social cohesion in a fragile community. This is a validation and a call to action!
My journey has just begun.
Moving ahead I believe that mission can meet sustainability, impact and effectiveness, not as impossible ends, but a sustaining and empowering place to be. When this happens, they can do more for the people they ultimately serve. I wake up everyday with that sense of purpose and fulfillment.
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