About Juana Bordas

In the traditions of many cultures, a person tells his or her story when meeting someone. This is a way to honor one’s family, connect in a meaningful way, and share unique experiences.

My mother, four brothers, my sister, and I stood at the ship’s rail watching the image of our beloved Nicaragua become smaller and smaller and then finally disappear into the Caribbean Sea. In the hull of a banana boat, we rocked and swayed, across the Gulf of Mexico.  We docked in Tampa, Florida, and fell into the welcoming arms of mi Papa. He had arrived earlier, earning money to bring his familia to America so his children could have a better life. This immigrant dream has been the promise of America and the wellsprings of its greatness.

My mother, Maria, cooked food and scrubbed floors in the school lunch room so I could get a scholarship to a Catholic school. My parent’s vision, determination and sacrifice have been an endless source of inspiration and strength. They taught me the very essence of Servant Leadership. Read More »

Motivational Speaking and Keynotes

Juana Bordas weaves leadership, diversity, and community building into a multicolored tapestry that moves people into action. She utilizes music, movement, and leadership practices from many cultural traditions to illustrate the richness and wisdom diversity brings. Juana’s energetic and creative speeches have inspired people across America to tap into their passion and lead from their highest values. Read More »

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Go For the Gusto – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!


Cinco de Mayo is gathering steam as the Southwest’s favorite cultural holiday. Just as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year recognize our cultural mosaic, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the contributions of Mexican Americans as well as our own growing relationship with our neighbors south of the border.

Latinos are turning 40!


Considering the vibrancy and influence of Hispanics today it is hard to believe that this growing demographic wasn’t officially recognized until The Office of Management and Budget issued Directive 15 on May 12, 1977 which added Hispanic as a racial and ethnic category to the US Census. From then on there would be five colors in the US palette: American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black White and Hispanic.