Myrna L. Tam-Natividad is the first-ever Female Entrepreneur of the Year awardee of the Department of Trade and Industry Region 9 for 2017. She is a successful and highly respected businesswoman with 40 years of experience in growing small-medium businesses.

Her business acumen stems from her studies and extensive experience in running numerous family-owned businesses and companies, which include a pension house, computer shops, franchises of STI College and Chowking, and a chain of pawnshops and jewelry stores across Mindanao.

She is the prime developer of Grow Your Business, Pinoy! Roadmap® (GYBP! Roadmap®). The first of its kind in the Philippines, The GYBP! Roadmap® is a business growth guide designed for Filipino small-medium business owners who want to learn how to grow their businesses to the next level.

With her passion for teaching and helping Filipino business owners succeed, she regularly delivers talks and workshops on business growth in events organized by the DTI where she is a sought-after mentor. She is also a Level 3 accredited mentor of the Philippine Center of Entrepreneurship of GoNegosyo in Human Resource Management.

Myrna is vice president of STI College-Zamboanga. She obtained her Master of Science in Mathematics from the Ateneo de Manila University and is currently pursuing her dissertation in Development Studies from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

She is the founding president of the Women Entrepreneurs of Zamboanga and the former president of the Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Federation of Business and Women Professionals. She is also an active member of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation.