I was the first in my family to go to college. When I graduated I wanted – to give back – just as my parents had done for me.
I joined the Peace Corps and worked in the barrios of Santiago, Chile. Helping low-income women develop work cooperatives so they could feed their families. This early decision set my life on a path of service and reconnected me to my Latina soul.
Do you believe in destino or destiny – that every person has a unique life path and contribution to make? I do because my destino has led me to do the work I do today. I know that as an immigrant; a Hispanic girl from a low-income family with 7 brothers and sisters. I learned to be resourceful, scrappy, talented, and street smart. It was the perfect preparation for me to become a leader, writer, and teacher.
Juana 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. Juana was the founding President/CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Her career markers include:
- Advisor to Harvard’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program
- Past vice-president of Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and trustee of the International Leadership Association
- A founder of Denver’s Mi Casa Women’s Center and executive director until 1986.
- Founder 2002 the Circle of Latina Leadership whose mission is to prepare the next generation of Colorado Latina Leaders
- Commended by Latina Style Magazine for creating “a Nation of Latina Leaders.”
- One of 50 leaders chosen by the Colorado Legislature to design the state’s future plan
- Selected by Colorado Business Magazine as one of 100 influencials in the state and received the 2003 Outstanding Women in Business Award
- Colorado Diversity Council honors Juana as one of Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in 2015
- The International Latino Book Awards recognized “The Power of Latino Leadership” as the best business/leadership book
- Nautilus Book Awards has recognized The Power of Latino Leadership by Denver author Juana Bordas with the prestigious Gold award in the area of Multicultural/Indigenous Literature.
- Recognized as Colorado Unique Woman of the Year by the Denver Post and the Colorado Women’s Foundation in 2009.
- Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Award 2008
- “Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age” won the International Latino Book Award for best leadership book in 2007
- Inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
- Wise Woman Award from the National Center for Women’s Policy Studies
- 2006 Leadership Legacy award from Spellman College’s Center for Leadership