We are honored to announce Elaine Torres, as the first recipient of the Latinas LEAD Influencer Award. The award was created to highlight an accomplished Latina who exemplifies the values of the Latinas LEAD initiative: strong-willed and vibrant; one who contributes her authentic voice; talents and innovative spirit to leadership; gives back to community; and serves as a role model to others.

Elaine Torres encapsulates the values of leadership, education, family and philanthropy.  She understands and knows the importance and need of strengthening the leadership pipeline for Latinas. She is always ready to lend her voice and influence across important causes and creates opportunities that lead to the development of future leaders. Her story is the story of many Latinas and we are proud to honor her with this award.

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About Elaine

Elaine D. Torres is the Community Affairs Director at CBS4, KCNC–TV. She oversees the station’s community partnerships which include the American Diabetes Association, the Denver Art Museum, the National MS Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and several others. Elaine manages CBS4’s strategic community partnerships, special events and station initiatives such as the Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive, A Day for Wednesday’s Child and numerous others.

Elaine serves on a number of community boards and committees including the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board of Trustees, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Board of Directors, The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter Board of Directors, the Colorado Non-Profit Association’s Leadership Advisory Committee, the Denver Art Museum’s Marketing & Strategic Alliance Committee, and the Denver IMAGINE 2020 Blue Ribbon Panel.

Elaine was one of 20 women selected from across the country to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 1999 leadership program. This program included intensive training in San Juan Bautista, California; the JFK School of Government at Harvard University; the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Hispanic Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Elaine is a graduate of the 2001 Leadership Denver Program and in 2009 was named a “Woman of Distinction” through the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

In 1999, Elaine completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Communications, with an emphasis in Marketing and Public Relations, from the University of Denver. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993.