Niña Terol describes herself as a “communicator, connector, and changemaker.” A writer at heart whose almost-20-year career has spanned leadership roles in the corporate, non-profit, creative enterprise, government, media, and education sectors, she is now Co-Founder and Chief Fireball of Kick Fire Kitchen, a team of motivators, culture builders, and idea catalysts who cook up ideas, innovation, and culture for teams and organizations around the Philippines and Asia.
Some of her diverse accomplishments include: founding a boutique editorial agency serving multinational clients and being a published author at age 23; helping run national campaigns and heading communications team for two Philippine senators; serving as editor-in-chief of an independent travel magazine; writing speeches and ghostwriting for some of the country’s top CEOs; and, most recently, heading corporate affairs for the country’s largest and leading multinational advertising agency. She has also written for a long list of magazines, dailies, and websites, including CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, and Rappler.com. She has also written and edited a number of books published by such institutions as the World Bank-Manila Office, the Asian Development Bank, the National Youth Commission, and a few others.
Niña is likewise a prolific speaker, panelist, and moderator, and has spoken at such prestigious events as:
- TEDxManila (2010)
- Pecha Kucha Manila (2010)
- Ignite Manila (2010)
- Rappler and Mashable’s Social Good Summit (2012)
- Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Summit (2013)
- ASEAN Work-Life Balance Summit, Kuala Lumpur (2016)
- OCEAN16 (2016)
- Hive Global Leaders Program, San Francisco (2017)
- Pecha Kucha Manila (2017)
- PR Congress (2017)
- TEDxLegaspiVillageWomen (as lead organizer, 2017)
- Blogopolis (2018)
- Ayala Young Leaders Congress (2018)
- OCEAN18 (*upcoming: July 2018)
- 2nd Emerging Leaders Summit (*upcoming: August 23, 2018)
She is also an educator who has taught college seniors at the Ateneo de Manila University, and who mentors startup founders under the Founder Institute-Manila.
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Niña graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, minor in Hispanic Studies, from the Ateneo de Manila University, and obtained certificates in Internet Marketing and Professional Blogging (under scholarship) at the Asian Institute of Management and the European Journalism Institute (under scholarship) from Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic and The Fund for American Studies, Washington D.C.
She has likewise dived deep into the practice of Design Thinking (also known as “Human-Centered Design”, and has certificates from +Acumen’s Human-Centered Design courses and The School of Design Sprint. She was also a participant of OpenIDEO and the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Program’s Chief Gratitude Officer program, and is a certified facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method.
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When she’s not working, writing, speaking, or playing with LEGO® bricks, Niña is practicing yoga and healthy living, teaching kids at home and in church, trying out all sorts of dark chocolate, and planning her next travels with her better half. Her personal writing is housed in the blog, Little Rich Girl.