#WhatWomenDo: Elevating Communities

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Sharing her insights, challenges, and guiding principles that have shaped her path to success and empowerment, Nikki’s journey exemplifies her unwavering dedication to excellence and her invaluable contributions to both her career and her community.

Nikki Laynes currently holds the esteemed position of Head of Finance and Accounting at a prominent water utility company. In her role, Nikki oversees the crucial coordination between the Finance and Accounting Departments and the Operations Team.

“Facilitating cooperation between Finance and Accounting and Operations Departments involves a lot of coordination and understanding of their respective functions and objectives,” she explains. “My past experiences in various industries have equipped me with the technical knowledge necessary to bridge communication between departments.”


Overcoming Challenges in a Male-Dominated Industry

Throughout her career, Nikki faced challenges in male-dominated industries. She reflects, “It was intimidating at the start, but I have learned to overcome it.” Nikki’s ability to navigate these challenges stems from her holistic perspective as a leader, which complements the focused approach often observed in male-dominated environments.

Reflecting on her journey, Nikki shares insights into her path to leadership and the challenges she faced along the way. “I studied and completed several courses to advance my knowledge and career,” she remarks. “I pursued an Executive MBA program at the Asian Institute of Management, participated in the MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp, and joined McKinsey’s Next Generation Women Leaders (NGWL) Asia–Pacific Program two years ago. Recently, I finished the DHL GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program.”

Nikki’s leadership style, grounded in core values and principles, is underscored by her commitment to continuous learning. “Willingness to learn from others, alignment of goals and objectives, and continuous learning and improvement are fundamental,” she affirms. “I prioritize setting clear expectations and goals while encouraging my team to provide input and recommendations.”


Sorrel Residences: A Home and a Safe Haven


Living in DMCI Homes’ Sorrel Residences has provided Nikki with a supportive and convenient environment that complements her career. “Sorrel Residences offers amenities and a safe environment, alleviating security concerns and enabling me to focus on my professional responsibilities with peace of mind,” she notes. “Furthermore, Sorrel Residences hosts numerous accessible and convenient community events, enabling me to maintain a social life beyond work and home commitments.”

Despite the demands of her professional role, Nikki actively engages with her community. “I aim to complete most of my work tasks in the office, reserving only some online work for home,” she explains. “Additionally, I actively engage with the community by participating in donations, selling items at affordable prices, purchasing from neighbors, and contributing to mass donations.”

As a woman leader within her community, Nikki offers valuable advice to aspiring women seeking to advance their careers and make a positive impact. “Be clear with what you want to achieve and sacrifice,” she advises. “Hopefully, with technological advancements and hybrid work setups, we can pursue a more realistic work-life balance.”

Nikki Laynes exemplifies the spirit of leadership and resilience, inspiring women to embrace their potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities and beyond. As we conclude Women’s Month, let Nikki’s journey serve as a testament to the limitless possibilities that await those who dare to dream and strive for excellence.


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