MANILA, Philippines – Like other Asians, many Filipinos would attest to having their parents try to influence their career paths. Many try to push their children into the medical field, while others, perhaps law or business. Some immigrant Filipino parents say they only want to ensure a bright future for their children.
In the case of US-based Filipino mother and daughter Roselle Rogers and Monchette Gonda, Roselle wanted Monchette to pursue medicine. But Monchette ended up following her mom’s footsteps in the business world and in championing diversity in the workplace.
Moving to any new place in the world makes one realize their uniqueness and how people are treated differently. In the diverse United States, immigrants Roselle and Monchette are in the business of making work more accessible and inclusive.
For Mother’s Day, Rappler speaks to Roselle, executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy at Circa, and her daughter Monchette, marketing manager at Chime, who take us into their journey of immigrating from the Philippines and how they inspire each other in their careers of human resources and financial technology.
Watch as Roselle and Monchette explain why diversity matters, and why Filipinos should feel empowered to “take up space” in At Home sa Abroad: Stories of Overseas Filipinos, hosted by Rappler multimedia reporter Michelle Abad.
Watch the video on Rappler at 9 am, on Sunday, May 14.
At Home sa Abroad: Stories of Overseas Filipinos is Rappler’s one-stop video podcast for all things Filipino diaspora. – Rappler.com
Watch other At Home sa Abroad episodes:
- What OFWs expect from new Department of Migrant Workers
- How this leadership program helped Fil-Ams connect with their roots
- How is the local economic crisis affecting OFWs?
- Inside a migration reporter’s notebook
- The Filipino diaspora through a migrant’s eyes
- Is exporting Filipino workers a good thing?
- How this Gen Z couple is making their LDR work
- Tales of Martial Law, People Power from migrant Filipinos
- The plight of overseas Filipino women
- Navigating the int’l film industry as a Filipino woman
- After EU decision, what’s next for Filipino seafarers?
- Why do so many Filipinos go abroad to work?