Since 2013, Voices of Leadership has fostered conversations with women leaders who have broken ground in entrepreneurship, innovation, social change and leadership to inspire community partners and students. Leaders share their experiences, stories and best practices to help you see and pursue your own leadership potential. This annual event also enhances curriculum and the educational experiences for students through student projects that align with course learning objectives and also incorporate the themes from the keynote address.

Voices of Leadership 2021

The Women's Leadership Institute at Mount Mary University is excited to welcome Linda Alvarado as our 2021 Voices of Leadership keynote speaker.

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Breaking Barriers...

Believing in your ability to succeed through all the unexpected turns life throws your way can be a challenge for so many of us. Linda Alvarado, founder, President, and CEO of one of the fastest growing commercial general contracting companies in the nation, is familiar with the unconventional road. Hear what it was like to break through the concrete ceiling in the male dominated construction industry as well as upend the ultimate boys club as the first female and first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball team. Alvarado embraced the lessons and changes set before her, trailblazing the way for other women (and men) to follow.


The keynote speech will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Sandra Dempsey. Sandra is the owner of Source TEN Creative and co-founder of Estamos Unidos US, a bilingual Spanish-English multi-platform production created to share activities and experiences with Latinos in metro-Milwaukee. In 2021, she was selected by Milwaukee Business Journal to receive the "Diversity in Business Award" - Micro Company Category for her contributions to increasing the participation of the Hispanic Community in Milwaukee.


Register below for our 2021 Voices of Leadership event:

Thursday, November 4, 2021
8-10 a.m.
Mount Mary University

About Our Speaker


Linda Alvarado is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm. Based in Denver, the company has offices in several states and has successfully developed and constructed projects across America and internationally. Alvarado has 30 years' experience in commercial development, government and institutional general contracting, construction management, design/build, and program management contracts.

Alvarado made history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team.

Her leadership in business, civic, and charitable organizations has earned her numerous awards for achievement. She has been a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

Alvarado is the recipient of numerous awards. She was voted by viewers as the “Most Inspiring American Latino” for the 2009 American Latino Television Awards. She has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine and Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” In 2003, Alvarado was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. Alvarado was honored along with US Attorney General, Janet Reno, and Maya Angelou as a recipient of the prestigious Sara Lee Corporation Frontrunner Award for exemplary achievement and leadership. Her success in business and active community involvement led to her recognition as a trailblazer in her field.

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Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information please contact Anne Kahl, Executive Director – Leadership Institute & Corporate Relations, at kahla@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3248.