Business Success Through Talent Management Excellence

  • Critical Questions

    Talented Philippines answers critical questions for multinational corporations currently operating in, expanding or establishing operations in the Philippines.

  • Business Success

    Top business performance relies on great talent to produce results. What works and does not work?

  • Business Challenges

    Organizational talent represents the greatest opportunity and risks for business leaders. How can talent be optimized for business success?

  • Best Practice & Innovation

    How does the environment in the Philippines differ, and how must global best practices be adapted and technology optimized for innovation in this market?

  • Talent Management Issues

    Engaging talent management practices produce high performing workforces. How do the Philippines's best multinationals achieve this?

  • The Contributors

    Contributions come from business and HR executives of multinational organizations operating in the Philippines.

Talented Philippines represents the only published book on this topic in the world and gives voice to hundreds of human resources practitioners who are leading the way in building our human capital resources.
Roberto M. Policarpio
Roberto M. Policarpio
HR needs to play a more pivotal role than ever before and workforce planning is the cornerstone of strategic HR.
Ross Villamil
Ross Villamil
Head of Talent & Organizational Development,
Nestle Philippines
I believe it is time for HR in the Philippines to shine. To step up, be bold and ambitious and play a leadership role.
Ramon B. Segismundo
Ramon B. Segismundo
SVP & Head of Human Resources & Corporate Services,

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Business Success Through Talent Management Excellence

  • Foreword by President, People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP)
  • Opportunity Knocks - Key Points & Statistics
  • Case Study - Workforce Analytics in a VUCA Philippines
  • Perspective - The Next Decade for the Philippines

Talented Philippines Synopsis

The word is out – Southeast Asia is a place of tremendous opportunity for both multinational corporations and the talented individuals who live there. And, it's now time for the region's close-up.

After extensive research into the talent management practices within the six tiger countries of Southeast Asia, which resulted in the highly regarded book, Talented Southeast Asia, it became evident to the book's authors that each of the individual countries deserved and warranted its own in-depth analysis.

As a result, Talented Philippines was born, and it takes the reader on a journey that highlights the unique opportunities and challenges encountered by both employers and employees in the region. With the Filipino population itself regarded as the nation's most high potential asset, human capital is of critical importance, not only to the success of individual companies, but to the country as a whole. Amid its paradox of poverty and wealth, tradition and innovation, past and future, it is apparent that the Philippines presents immense opportunities for business growth, yet the challenges facing employers are formidable.

What makes the Philippines such a go-to destination for multinational corporations? A new era of relaxed borders is being engendered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration as well as the creation of the ASEAN Economic Community, which promises to be a regional game-changer that will fuel intra-regional trade and a significantly freer flow of skilled labor. Quickly emerging as the golden child of the ASEAN, the Philippines also is supported by strong economic foundations, a positive reform agenda, a robust supply of business process outsourcing services, and a youthful population rallying for change and opportunities. With Generation Y representing 25% of its workforce, the Philippines is bolstered by a solid pipeline of national talent, but this cohort's traits, motivations and life view promise to impact how workplaces are structured and how leaders engage with and lead them.

Directly focused on the critical business and HR issues facing the Philippines today, Talented Philippines channels the voices of more than 650 business and HR leaders who are at the forefront of HR innovation, thought leadership and implementation in the country. Numerous case studies tell the stories of the local experiences and achievements of leading organizations that are employing innovative approaches and practices to increase the engagement, performance, efficacy and productivity of all employees. Drawing insight from a wide cross-section of public and private sector enterprises, the book offers global best practices in addition to right practices for the Philippines to direct multinational corporations looking to take advantage of the great promise that this flourishing nation and its talented, hard-working people hold.

As the rest of the world begins to sit up and take notice of the Philippines, time is running out for employers to prepare Filipino workplaces and update their talent management practices to ensure they are positioned to attract and retain their fair share of the country's and the region's talent. Opportunity is knocking in the Philippines, and Talented Philippines can provide the key to opening the door.

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About the Authors

Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith

Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith

Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith is Senior Vice President – Global Research at PageUp. With 25 years of experience as a senior talent management and human resources practitioner and consultant, her career has included corporate finance and HR roles at Citibank and Westpac. Prior to joining PageUp, Vorhauser-Smith was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of consulting firm Talent Edge, specialising in bespoke leadership development and talent management solutions.

Committed to thought leadership in the fields of neuroscience and cross-border talent management, she speaks internationally on these topics and has addressed audiences in the U.S., Asia and Australia. She is a featured contributor to Forbes Magazine and author of numerous white papers on talent management and applied neuroscience. Vorhauser-Smith holds a Bachelor of Business and Post-Graduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Vorhauser-Smith is also co-author of Talented Southeast Asia (PageUp, 2015) and resides in Sydney.

Karen Cariss

Karen Cariss

Karen Cariss is one of the founders of the award-winning global talent management software provider, PageUp. A key driving force behind the company’s success, she sets its strategic direction as well as ensures synergies across all its divisions. Cariss has been lauded as one of the HR technology industry’s exceptional entrepreneurs, having raised $10M in growth equity for her company in 2012.

Cariss’ extreme passion for the company is evident in her work and attitude, which has been publicly acknowledged by being listed as 28th on BRW’s Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in June 2006 and winning the Ernst and Young ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for 2008 and the Victorian Telstra Women’s Business Award in 2009. She is formally qualified with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Honours in Science.

Cariss is also co-author of Talented Southeast Asia (PageUp, 2015) and resides in Singapore with her family.

About PageUp

About PageUp

At PageUp, we are passionate about building the world’s best technology that underpins our client’s ability to build strong employee/employer relationships and equip them to attract, develop and retain the talent needed to take their business forward. We partner with organizations to learn their business challenges and provide cutting edge solutions and innovative technology to support their Talent Management initiatives.

Our state-of-the-art technology solutions unify Recruitment, Performance Management, Development, Career Planning, Succession Management and Workforce Analytics to help multinational employers overcome the talent management challenges inherent to operating across multiple geographies.

The PageUp teams in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Melbourne, Sydney, London and New York can help transform your company’s global HR initiatives. Learn more about how PageUp can help at or follow us on

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