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 (LDP) – 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, she forged partnerships with Harvard’s JFK School of Government and CCL to provide training for Hispanic women. An active community member, Juana 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 people 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.
Juana holds an MSW from the University of Wisconsin. She has twenty-two years’ experience managing nonprofit corporations and building partnerships with the private sector to support innovative programs. Her publications include: “Follow the Leader – Women’s Ways of Mentoring” (NHLI); “Passion and Power: Finding Personal Purpose” – essay in “Reflections on Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons). Juana is a contributing author to “Learning Leadership: A Curriculum for a New Generation” published by the University of Maryland and “Leadership in the 21st Century” in “Rethinking Leadership” published by Sage Publications. “Latino Leadership: Building a Diverse and Humane Society” was published by the Journal for Leadership Studies. Her paper, “African American Leaders: Guardians of Public Values,” was included in the inaugural issue of the International Journal on Servant Leadership.
Juana recently served as advisor to Harvard’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. She received the Wise Woman Award form the National Center for Women’s Policy Studies and was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently, she serves on the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and is board President of the Circle of Latina Leadership – a program that prepares young and emerging Latina women to advance their community forward.
A dynamic national speaker and trainer, Juana 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 Miller Award from the US Peace Corps for her life long commitment to advance communities of color. The Denver Business Journal selected her for their 2003 Outstanding Women in Business Award for her efforts in promoting public partnerships and nonprofit involvement in the business arena. She was recognized by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women as a Colorado Pioneer for her “Legacy of Outstanding Leadership.”