When you talk about Colorado Latinas who are influential, you have to talk about Juana Bordas. A first generation college graduate, Bordas has been an advisor to Harvardís Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program, a vice-president of Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and trustee of the International Leadership Association and a founder of Denverís Mi Casa Womenís Center and executive director until 1986. Mi Casa Womenís Center helps to educate, train and support children and adults as they seek education, employment and business ownership.
Bordasí accomplishments have not gone unrecognized as she has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award winner from the Leadership Legacy Program. The award honors people who have contributed in significant and diverse ways to the field of leadership studies, according to International Leadership Association.
Currently, Bordas serves as the president of the Mestiza Leadership International-a company Ė an organization that works on leadership, diversity and organizational change. As the founder and president of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Bordas partnered with Harvardís JFK School of Government and CCL to provide training for Hispanic women.
Bordas helped design Coloradoís future plan with the Colorado Legislature and was bestowed as one of 100 influential persons in the state by Colorado Business Magazine. Four years ago, Bordas launched Lideramos, the National Latino Leadership Alliance. The organization has a mission of enhancing and initiating Latino leadership programs throughout the country.
The Lifetime Achievement award is impressive, but the honors donít stop there for Bordas. She has won the Wise Woman Award from the National Center for womenís policy studies and is a member of the Colorado Womenís Hall of Fame. Bordas was also named an outstanding woman in business by Denver Business Journal in 2003, received the Spellman Collegeís Center for Leadership Legacy award in 2006 and also received Denverís 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Responsibility Award in 2008.
Bordas spent time in the Peace Corps and worked in the barrios of Santiago, Chile where she helped low-income women develop work cooperatives in order to feed their families. The US Peace Corps awarded her the Franklin Williams Award for working to push communities of color toward a better life.
Bordas and her family traveled in a banana boat across the Gulf of Mexico to Tampa, Florida. Her father traveled to the United States seeking a better life for his family. She credits her parents as a source of inspiration and strength and what it looks like to be a servant.