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Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas
Inspirational Speaker, Author of "Salsa, Soul, and Spirit" and President of MLI
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 Future 2014 Events:

Leadership Keynote speaker - University of Florida

September 5 - Florida

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Juana Bordas will be the leadership expert and keynote speaker during Latino orientation at her Alma Mater the University of Florida. As the first in her family to go to college and one of the only Latinas attending UF in the early sixties, Juana is honored to share her journey with the incoming Latino students (1,000 of them!!)

Leadership Speaker at Sacred Heart Center

September 15 - Richmond, Virginia

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The South has experienced phenomenal Latino growth. Richmond, Virginia is no exception. Sacred Heart Center has stepped up to serve the Hispanic and newly arrived immigrants by offering educational classes, economic initiatives, counseling and leadership skills. As an immigrant, Juana Bordas and her family were helped by Christ the King Church in Tampa and this is a chance for her to share her story of leadership and encourage other immigrants to move forward. Adelante!...

Leadership Speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University

September 16 - Richmond, Virginia

While in Richmond, Juana will be the Hispanic Heritage Speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University. Juana Bordas’s daughter Paloma is on staff at the University as a print maker and professor! This promises to be an exciting and eventful night! Stay tuned for pictures!


Leadership Speaker for the Diversity Council of the Carolinas

September 18 - Charlotte NC


The Diversity Council of the Carolinas has invited Juana Bordas to be there morning keynote for their annual conference held in Charlotte, NC. Juana will be speaking on The Power Of We - Leadership for our Diverse and Multicultural Society. Muchas Gracias to Belk Department Store for their vision and commitment to diversity - they are providing 200 copies of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit - Leadership for a Multicultural Age for conference participants. “The goft that keeps on giving.” Shop at Belk and show your support!

Leadership Speaker about Hispanic Heritage Month

September 22 - Massachussets

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Juana Bordas has a great partnership with Conexion - a Boston-based leadership and mentoring program that seeks to transform high-potential, mid-career Latino professionals into innovative executives. She will be speaking to the Conexionistas, MIT students, and community leaders on Hispanic Heritage. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will be sponsoring the event.

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Leadership Speaker at The Toledo Lucas County Public Library

September 26 - Toledo, Ohio

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The Toledo Lucas County Public Library will sponsor a morning event for community folks, students, and community organizations where Juana will talk on Multicultural Leadership. That evening she will be the leadership expert speaker for a community celebration on Hispanic Heritage Month organized by Margarita De Leon who has been a powerful force in building Latino organizations in Ohio....



Juana Bordas Wins Nautilus Gold Book Award

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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.

The Nautilus Book Awards is an annual accolade of books in the area of social and economic equality. The award has recognized authors and leaders such as Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Francis Moore Lappe, and Deepak Chopra. Nautilus selects “Better books for a better world.”

Established in the U.S. in 1998, Nautilus is considered a “major” book award. It recognizes print books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change.

By giving a Gold Award to The Power of Latino Leadership, Nautilus is recognizing the cultural contributions that Latinos are making to America. There are over 50 million Latinos in the US and it is estimated that by 2050 one in three of the US population will be Latino. In Colorado today more than one in five people are Hispanic. Yet there is scant information on the powerful way Latinos have led their community or the contributions they have made. Latinos have only advanced because of the relentless work of their leaders and their collective efforts.


The Power of Latino Leadership is a journey to the very heart and soul of Latino leadership and offers ten principles that illustrate the inclusive, people-oriented, and community-centered way Latinos lead. Bordas claims this model is well-suited for the multicultural and global century in which we live and offers lessons for leaders of all backgrounds.

A long-time Colorado Latina leader, Bordas is a founder of Denver's Mi Casa Resource Center and was the first President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. In 2009, Juana Bordas was named Colorado Unique Woman of the Year by the Denver Post and the Colorado Women’s Foundation. The book highlights Bordas’ own experiences and includes the voices of 9 renowned Latino leaders including: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Janet Murguia, President of National Council of La Raza, and former Denver Mayor Federico Peña.

The Power of Latino Leadership has received compelling endorsements including Western Union President/CEO Hikmet Ersek, “At Western Union, I have the opportunity to see leadership in many ways. The most impactful are the hard working, every day heroes that make a difference in their communities. Bordas celebrates this type of leadership in this inspiring book. The Power of Latino Leadership brings to life the contributions US Latinos are making to invigorate our communities, culture and economy.”


Juana Bordas Wins 1st Place at the International Latino Book Awards

Juana Bordas International Latino Book Awards Winner

The saying goes, “What happens in Vegas - stays in Vegas.” But what if it’s good news? Well then, let’s hablemos- let’s spread the word.

Saturday night, June 28th in Las Vegas, The International Latino Book Awards recognized 231 Latino authors from the US, Panama, Spain, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and many other Latino counties.

Amongst the 231 finalist are well known writers like Isabel Allende, Alma Flor Ada, Edna Iturralde, and Rick Najera. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Finalists are from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.

The Denver author of "The Power of Latino Leadership. Inclusion, Community and Contribution". Juana Bordas, received the 1st place for business/leadership book.

Bordas, in The Power of Latino Leadership explains how Latinos have arrived to where we are today, and how they are embracing a unique form of leadership. Latino leadership is a model for the 21st century. It has an inclusive community spirit that fosters contribution and service. It has an international, intergenerational scope and an immigrant spirit. "The Power of Latino Leadership" is for anyone who wants to embrace diversity and be a more effective leader.

Congratulate Juana on this good news, one more achievement as a writer and latino leader in America. We are very proud of you!