Juana Bordas

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas is President of Mestiza Leadership International–a company that focuses on leadership, diversity, and organizational change. A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) she taught in the Leadership Development Program–the most highly utilized executive program in the world.

As founding President/ CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership, Ms. Bordas forged partnerships with Harvard's JFK School of Government and CCL to provide training for Hispanic women.

Juana Bordas was one of 50 leaders chosen by the Colorado Legislature to design the state's future plan and was selected by Colorado Business Magazine as one of 100 influential persons in the state. In 1977, she was a founder of Denver's Mi Casa Women's Center and served as executive director until 1986. Today, Mi Casa is recognized as a national model for women's empowerment. In 2001, she founded the Circle of Latina Leadership whose mission is to train the next generation of Latina Leaders in Colorado–currently 130 young women have completed the program.

Ms. Bordas has twenty-five years' experience managing nonprofit corporations and building partnerships with the private sector to support innovative programs. Her publications include: "Passion and Power: Finding Personal Purpose"–essay in Reflections on Leadership (John Wiley & Sons). She is a contributing author to Leadership in the 21st Century in "Rethinking Leadership" published by Sage Publications. Her essay, "Latino Leadership: Building a Diverse and Humane Society" was published by the Journal for Leadership Studies. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age published by Berrett-Koehler won the International Latino Book Award for best leadership book.

Juana Bordas served as advisor to Harvard's Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. She received the Wise Woman Award from the National Center for Women's Policy Studies and was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. She served as vice president of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and is a trustee of the International Leadership Association.

A dynamic national speaker and trainer, Ms. Bordas weaves leadership, diversity, and community building into a multicultural tapestry. She utilizes music, movement, and leadership practices to illustrate the richness and wisdom diversity brings. A former Peace Corps volunteer, she received the Franklin Williams Award from the US Peace Corps for her commitment to advancing communities of color. The Denver Business Journal selected her for their 2003 Outstanding Women in Business Award. She received the 2006 Leadership Legacy award from Spellman College's Center for Leadership. She was honored with the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Responsibility Award. The Denver Post and the Colorado Women's Foundation recognized her as The 2009 Colorado Unique Woman of the Year.