Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf – Agnes Stott-Briggs – A Woman Who Wears Many Hats
Multi-tasking is her middle name and she wears many hats. A loving wife and a doting mother to three, Agnes Stott-Briggs has a successful career in real estate, is a Certified Image and Style Consultant who helps empower Filipinas through grooming and styling, and the Chairman of the Philippine Business Council (PBC) – Abu Dhabi. She also launched the Philippine Women’s International Network (PWIN) to help connect Filipina professionals. “I have a demanding but interesting work being in the Talent Management Department of a government company handling all new joiners from around the world,” she says. “It is multi-cultural and diverse and you get to interact with different cultures but with all of the work, prioritizing is still the key. I learned to value time and that even ten or fifteen minutes are crucial. If you know what you want and you know how to prioritize, you can accomplish things on time.”
Her favourite hat to wear, though, is that of taking care of her family. She remembers when her husband was involved in a sports accident and became paralyzed from the waist down and was told that he would never walk again. After six weeks, he moved his feet and wiggled his toes which brought her hope. After doing physiotherapy with so much perseverance, he is now walking in crutches. “I survived it all but looking back, I have no idea how,” she says. “People ask me how I did it. I say you just have to do the right thing each day and believe in yourself you can do it. Each day is a journey.”
She says it is important to build relationships and alliances with people – both in business and personal life.