LATINA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2016 & 2017 SPEAKERS2017-05-25T03:34:50+00:00


2016 & 2017 SPEAKERS


Linda Alvarado
Alvarado Construction

Alvarado Construction, Inc. since 1978. In 1976, Ms. Alvarado founded Alvarado Construction, Inc. and has overseen the growth of that enterprise as a commercial general contracting and design/build development firm conducting business across the United States and internationally. She is a Co-Owner and Partner in the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.

Nely Galán,

Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan”.


Teresa Peña

Theresa Peña is an accomplished education leader and is well known throughout Colorado as a strong voice for student-centered school improvements and as an outspoken advocate for educational equity. She was twice elected as an at-large representative on the Denver Board of Education.

Meshach Rhoades
Armstrong Lawfirm

Meshach a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group, an experienced litigator and trusted advisor to senior management in all facets of complex commercial, regulatory, and telecommunications litigation. Meshach has litigated a variety of cases regarding complex contracts, intellectual property, business torts, real estate, class actions, finance and mortgage banking litigation, and labor and employment in state and federal courts nationwide. Her clients include government agencies, municipalities, Fortune 100


Elizabeth Diaz-McDonald
Multicultural Marketing Manager
Swire Coca-Cola

Elisabeth Diaz-McDonald is the Multicultural Marketing Manager at Swire Coca-Cola, where she is developing tools and communications for successful implementation of multicultural marketing programs throughout the U.S Swire Territory.


Mariel Szapiel MD
Neurological Surgeon
SurgOne P.C.

Mariel Szapiel, MD, founded Neurosurgery 5280 in 2015. This practice has the privilege of also being the first and sole SurgOne P.C. Neurological Surgery practice. As the single Fellowship trained Stereotactic and Functional neurosurgeon in the South Denver/Parker/Castle Rock area. She has been interested in the sciences since a young age.

Toti Cadavid
President and CEO

Toti Cadavid is a seasoned multicultural marketing and communications strategist with far-reaching expertise in both domestic and international markets, who, after a near death experience, became an author, speaker, trainer and certified coach.

Debbie Trujillo

With over 30 years experience in the Colorado banking industry and a commitment to her community she manages and maintains community reinvestment contact with community leaders, community organizations, government leaders and Key district management.

Andrea Gerard-Gonzalez, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Barbara Davis Center

Dr. Andrea Gerard-Gonzalez joined the BDC faculty October 1, 2013 after completing her pediatric residency at the Miami Children’s Hospital and a diabetes focused fellowship at the UCSF Medical Center in pediatric endocrinology were she was later on awarded the Cameron pediatric diabetes fellowship award from June 2011- June 2013.

Patsy Landaveri
Noble Energy
Senior Colorado Community Affairs

Patsy Landaveri manages Noble Energy’s community affairs in Colorado, where she is responsible for developing partnerships and relationships with nonprofit organizations. In her role, Patsy focuses primarily on education and leadership programs, and also environmental stewardship and health and wellness programs.

Maritza Dominguez Braswell
Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC

Maritza Dominguez Braswell is a managing partner at Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Maritza is one of the leading Latina lawyers in Colorado and was named to Top Women Lawyers by Law Week Colorado, a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business.

Laura Beuhring
Head Golf Professional

Laura Beuhring is a PGA Professional in Denver, CO. The PGA of America comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind, to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you.