Ms. Ana Maria (Penny) Bongato, FPM, MBA is the first Filipino to have been granted full certification on the SUCCESS PRINCIPLES © last August 2015. This certification was granted by Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Success Principles (among others). She is also a Certified Trainer in the Canfield Methodology. She has conducted the Strategies of Success Workshop (patterned after the Success Principles) and the Vision Board Workshop at various organizations, schools and public workshops.
Penny is a Professional Coach and is a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF).
Penny is a member of the Board of Trustees of the People Management Association of the Philippines for the year 2018. She has served in PMAP in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 and aims to further help the human resources professional and keep herself updated in the latest trends in the HR profession.
Penny was formerly the Executive Director for Talent Development of the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and she has more than 30 years of work experience, 20 years of which have been focused on human resource management in the industry and 8 years in the academe. As Talent Development Executive Director at Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), she managed all human capital-related initiatives for the Roadmap 2022.
She has been in the IT-BPM industry for 20 years. She was employee no. 1 of Convergys in the Philippines, the largest contact center in the country. She was also Regional HR Director for Asia Pacific at Headstrong Philippines, now GenPact.
An engineer by education, Penny completed two engineering degrees – Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering at De La Salle University. She completed her Masters in Business Administration, Regis Program at Ateneo Graduate School of Business. She is also a part time faculty at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, teaching at the Human Resource Management Program in both the undergraduate and graduate program.
Penny is also a motivational speaker; a success coach and trainer. She also delivers talks and keynote speeches on Leadership, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Change Management and Employee Engagement. She is also a director of PowerinU Training and Coaching Philippines.
Penny’s story, Proudly Filipino, can be found in Jack Canfield’s latest book, Living the Success Principles. Her own book, Career Shift Follow Your Passion was released in 2017. She started her career as an engineer, moved to human resources and is now doing advocacy on education and success and life coaching, having had experienced career shift herself.