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Juana is now on TikTok!


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Juana Bordas Featured in Leader to Leader Journal

latino-destino-thumbnailLeader to Leader Journal’s 25th anniversary features a new article by Juana which deals with the influence Latinos will have in this century in creating a multicultural society. Juana calls this Latino Destino! Check it out! >>


Latina Leader Juana Bordas To Receive International Award

juana-photo“I am grateful for all the people who have supported me in bringing leadership practice to diverse communities and to help people understand that in a democracy, leadership is everybody’s business.” Said Juana Bordas upon learning that she will receive The International Leadership Association (ILA) Life-Long Achievement Award on October 26th in Ottawa, Canada. The award recognizes significant lifetime contributions including prominent published works, influential support of the body of leadership knowledge and practice. Read the rest of the article >>


Hispanic Chamber speaker looks to the future

chamber-photoJuana was recently featured in a Quad-City Times Article by Thomas Geyer: “Over the course of the next decade, the look of America is going to change, says Juana Bordas, the president of Mestiza Leadership International, a company that focuses on leadership, diversity and organizational change. “We know that in about 10 short years, we’re going to be a multi-cultural nation,” Bordas said before giving her keynote address Friday during the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gala at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf.

“It’s going to come a little slower to the heartland, but in our major urban cities, whether you’re talking about Chicago in Illinois or Des Moines in Iowa, it’s going to come,” she said. Read the rest of the article >>


Juana to Keynote the ILA Conference in Lima, Peru

2016-PacificoJuana will keynote the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) conference in Lima, Peru on August 10-12. 2016-Pacifico-LogoThe conference is hosted by La Universidad del Pacifico with the theme Exploring Leadership in Latin America. Juana will speak on the cultural, historical, and political ties that unite Latinos across the hemisphere. For more information check ILA’s website.


Going Back to UC Davis

For the second year, UC Davis has launched their stem initiatives to prepare women faculty from communities of color to reach tenured positions in STEM. Juana will be working with the second cohort of CAMPOS fellows in Sacramento on August 24 and 25. Congratulations to the new class!


VIDEO: 2016 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™

Juana appears in a new video released by the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™. Watch:


Colorado Diversity Council honors Juana as one of Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women



Hispanic Executive Magazine featured Juana’s book

Hispanic Executive Magazine featured Juana’s book The Power of Latino Leadership in their Winter 2014 issue commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.


Tune in to Wildly Courageous Women Speakers

From May 11 – June 3 check out interviews with successful women entrepreneurs from around the world.

Juana was featured on May 12 speaking on “Embracing our Personal Power – the foundation for leadership”.


International Leadership Association features Drucker’s Article


  • To read Juana’s article “Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders: Peter Drucker’s Five Questions” in PDF format, click here.


Juana Joins

Juana joins new Latina website that promotes empowerment, networking, and valuable information.


Latinas Making Waves in WWII

Latina Style magazine featured an article Juana wrote on her sister Rosemary who served in The Waves in World War II and won a medal from President Truman. Rosemary went on to have a successful career in designing and making women’s fashions. She was the oldest in a family of eight and Juana’s role model and mentor.


“What happens in Vegas – stays in Vegas.”


Juana Bordas International Latino Book Awards Winner

Juana Bordas wins 1st place for business/leadership book

Las Vegas. Saturday, July 28th. International Latino Book Awards 

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.

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Colorado Latina Author Wins Nautilus Gold Book Award


Nautilus Book Award Gold Winner Logo

Nautilus Book Award Gold Winner Logo

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  Read More…


NBC Latino

Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas

Latina Leaders: Juana Bordas, and her new book, “The Power of Latino Leadership”

by Kristina Puga

12:48 pm on 07/01/2013

Juana Bordas says she was born to be a social worker, and at 70, she is proudly celebrating 50 years of social service. But Bordas has done much more than that, including writing a new book on Latino leadership with plenty of advice for young Latinos and Hispanics in the workforce.

“I saw at a young age that bringing people together empowered people,” says Bordas, who immigrated to Tampa, Florida from a small mining town in Nicaragua on a banana boat when she was nearly 4.

Her second book, “The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution,” hit shelves in May. And in addition to being president of Mestiza Leadership International in Denver, Bordas founded Mi Casa Women’s Center in 1976. Today, Mi Casa is recognized as a national model for women’s empowerment. Read More… 


Huffington Post – Latino Voices


During this year’s Hispanic Heritage month, I set out to find answers to questions that have been buzzing in my head for a quite a while: What is the state of Latino leadership in the U.S.? What needs to happen for Latinos to become effective leaders in the 21st century?

I was eager to know. So in lieu of a long investigation, I decided to ask four Latinos who are committed to the development of Latino leaders across the country.

Phyllis Barajas, Founder and Executive Director of Conexión, a cross-cultural mentoring and leadership development program for mid-career Latinos.

Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, a leadership development organization. She is the author of Salsa, Soul and Spirit and The Power of Latino Leadership. Read more…




Juana Bordas, a 2008 MillerCoors Líder and President of Mestiza Leadership International, shares leadership principles from her new book, the Power of Latino Leadership, on issues of diversity, Latino values and how to become a community leader. Read More…