The Academy’s Dean in Focus

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“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” —Bill Gates

Hudson Pelayo knows whereof he speaks. With more than 20 years of work experience in several industries wherein he rose from junior to senior manager positions, he knows the price of success in the workplace.

“To achieve great things, one has to make major sacrifices,” he says. “Work becomes your main focus, but it should not be at the expense of everything else in life,” he adds.

Known for an intense study ethic since his school days at the University of the Philippines and later on at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he obtained his Masters in Business Administration, Pelayo has carried this trait into his professional career as manager in reputable multinational companies like Johnson & Johnson, Abbott and Novartis; and since six years ago, as head of operations of FAME, Inc.

When the top management of FAME, Inc., decided to establish the FAME Leaders’ Academy (FLA) early this year, it didn’t have to look far to decide who’s going to head it as dean. “He was tailor-fit for the role,” says Dr. Rafael Castillo, who is dean emeritus of the Academy.

The FLA was established with a mission of helping people to be the best they could ever be. Its mission is to help people of various persuasions effectively communicate, relate with one another, share, and make a difference. “We aim to assist people make a substantial impact in whatever career they may be in without making brutal sacrifices in their personal and family lives,” explains Pelayo.

Pelayo and his FLA faculty have come up with various educational and training instruments and activities that can put a more holistic meaning to the goal of “making people the best versions of themselves.”

“FLA believes that there are ways for everyone to achieve professional success without sacrificing what truly matters in personal life,” he says. “Guided by its mission and vision, FLA offers seminars and workshops that provide more synergies that define ‘quality life’. This includes relationship with God, workplace harmony, family, community, health—in short, physical, financial, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being,” explains Pelayo.

He adds that through its well-designed training courses, it provides ways to integrate different aspects of life and reinforce and enhance each other. “FLA offers learnings to show how success in career and life is achievable,” assures Pelayo.

Pelayo says he and his faculty clearly envision what the role of FLA is. “The Academy aims to be a topnotch learning provider for organizations and show how accomplishment in a career is achievable not at the expense of the things that really matter more in life. The FLA programs will help the participants in its various programs how to take incremental steps and move into the direction they want to go while bringing along others,” he explains.


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