Ms. Juana M. Bordas

(KNLP-16 Advisor)
Denver, Colorado
United States

Focus Areas

Leadership Development
Racial Equity & Healing
Latino / Hispanic Communities


Juana Bordas is president of Mestiza Leadership International in Denver and vice president of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. . A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, she taught in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) - the most highly utilized executive program in the world. Juana is a founder of Mi Casa Women's Center and served as executive director. Today, Mi Casa is recognized as a national model for women's empowerment. She is founding president/CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership. Almost 500 outstanding Latina leaders have now completed this program. In 2000, she founded The Circle of Latina Leadership to train "the next generation of Latina Leaders." Juana was initiated into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and honored as a Wise Woman by the National Center for Women's Policy Studies. She recently served as advisor to Harvard's Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Juana received the Franklin Miller Award from the U.S. Peace Corps for her lifelong commitment to advancing communities of color and the Leadership Legacy Award from Spellman College's Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She was honored with the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Responsibility Award. Juana has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Coors Brewing Company, Chevron, Dial Corporation, and Texas Instruments. She has also assisted government agencies, airports, and nonprofits enhance their leadership capacity and groom the potential of their growing diversity. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age is her first book and has received compelling endorsements from experts in the leadership field and from Latino, Black, and American Indian leaders.