Juana Bordas’ best-selling book Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age won the International Latino Book Award for leadership. The Power of Latino Leadership received the Nautilus Award for best indigenous book as well as the International Latino Book Award for leadership. She was a contributor to the NY Times best seller: Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions and has published numerous articles on leadership and diversity. Juana is President of Mestiza Leadership International – a company that promotes equity and inclusive leadership. She was founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and a founder of Mi Casa Resource Center - Colorado’s largest Latino serving organization. For her extensive work with Latinas, she was commended by Latina Style Magazine for creating “A Nation of Latina Leaders.”
Juana was the first Latina faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, served as advisor to Harvard’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy, the Kellogg National Fellows, vice chair of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and trustee of the International Leadership Association. In 2019 she was the first Latina honored with the Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association - received previously by authors Warren Bennis, Robert Greenleaf, Peter Drucker, James McGregor Burns, and Margaret Wheatley – all trailblazers in the leadership field. The National Center for Women’s Policy Studies honored her as a Wise Woman. She is an inductee of The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. A former Peace Corps volunteer, she received the Franklin Williams Award from the US Peace Corps for her commitment to advancing communities of color. Juana was born in Nicaragua; her life work is reflective of the many contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to the US and our world.