Gelonie has more than 20 years of experience under her belt with multiple roles for various organizations, and currently a Corporate Affairs and Communications Practitioner at Fortunetown Properties Corp. Her extensive background as corporate leader made her realize that her “tasks matter because they keep the organizations running when it seems impossible.”

Coming across an online advertisement for the Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management (EMDRCM) program at the Asian Institute of Management, she realized an education focused on enhancing her executive skills in leadership, crisis management, and mitigation was the next logical step for a high-ranking member of her organization.

Acknowledging that “Disasters and hazards are realities that must be acknowledged, prepared for, and addressed soonest,” Gelonie further notes that global collaboration is key and that there is a paucity of crisis executives to address catastrophes.

Enriched and strengthened by EMDRCM program, Gelonie gained the mindset of a disaster risk and crisis management leader, an invaluable skill that inspired her to tackle problems head-on. “While some people prefer to avoid discussing disaster and loss, someone has to bear the yoke and become its face so that lives and properties will not be lost.”

Gelonie plans to continue her journey after the program by helping communities prepare for and transcend adversity.

“I would like to be able to help communities realize what they have to face in the future. We do not need to fear it. We must learn to face these challenges and see how we can work together as one world to help avoid a catastrophic future.”

Like Gelonie Yap, be a catalyst for change with the EMDRCM program and prepare to lead your organization in times of calamity. Offered by AIM’s Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, EMDRCM program offers students a full curriculum designed to develop critical skills for executives in risk management and decision-making, making them effective global leaders during crises.

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