Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Diversity as a Leadership Opportunity

Abstract

Get ready to embrace diversity as an opportunity to grow, be proactive and become a more effective leader. We will celebrate our personal heritage and expand our ability to honor the traditions of other cultures. Salsa, Soul and Spirit invites people to be part of our multicultural future and to join the dance of our global community. We will share specific strategies to increase our ability to lead our diverse communities and create inclusive environments where everyone's contribution is valued.

Ms. Juana Bordas

Ms. Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas is a nationally recognized Latina leader and award-winning, best-selling author. She is a founder of Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver and the founding president of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Bordas was the first Latina faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and served as vice president of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and trustee of the International Leadership Association.

Today, Bordas is president of Mestiza Leadership International - a company that focuses on diversity, leadership and organizational change. Her book Salsa, Soul and Spirit - Leadership for a Multicultural Age won the 2008 International Latino Book Award for leadership and is utilized in over 50 universities. The Power of Latino Leadership released in 2013 received the Nautilus Prize for best multicultural book and the 2014 International Latino Book Award for leadership. In 2015 she was a contributor to a new edition of Peter Drucker's book, The Most Important Questions.

Bordas was initiated into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and selected as a Wise Woman by the National Women's Policy Institute. A former Peace Corps volunteer that served in Chile, she received the Franklin Miller Award from the US Peace Corps for her life-long commitment to serving communities of color. In 2009 she was selected by the Denver Post and Women's Foundation as Colorado's Unique Woman of the Year. In 2015 she was selected by The Colorado Diversity Council as one of Colorado's Most Powerful and Influential Women.