A Conversation with Women of Wisdom: The Las Mujeres Valientes Fellows Leadership Journey

The Las Mujeres Valientes (LMV) Statewide Fellowship was inspired by Women of Wisdom (Latinas 50+) who wanted to share their knowledge, experiences and life lessons with younger Latinas (Generation X, Y and Z) so they would be better prepared in navigating their lives and be more fulfilled in their identity, with families, their community and their careers. In 2018, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado selected six LMV Fellows who have been hosting communal events statewide.

In this panel taking place at the Latinas LEAD Power Summit 2019, LMV fellows share how their leadership has grown as well as how they have helped to cultivate leadership in their communities through sharing knowledge among multi-generational audiences at their events statewide. This panel will feature all fellows (listed below) and be moderated by Elizabeth Suárez in both English and Spanish.



Moderator, Elizabeth Suárez, Speaker, Author, Coach

A highly sought-after speaker and coach, Elizabeth is dedicated to helping professionals unleash their potential by transforming them into skilled negotiators and decision makers. After climbing the ranks of corporate America, she authored the bestselling book The Art of Getting Everything and launched Negotiation Unleashed – a coaching and training platform for professionals. Elizabeth holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She completed the Executive Management Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

LMV Fellow, Betty Aragon-Mitotes, Community Organizer, Fort Collins

Betty grew up in one of the Tres Colonias neighborhoods of Fort Collins. She has been an advocate for the Latino and working poor communities for the last 25 years. Her work and legacy include organizing community events and political rallies; opening and serving as the director of the Museo de la Tres Colonias; forming Mujeres de Colores; serving on an editorial board and writing articles on issues affecting Latino in Fort Collins; producing "Fort Collins: Choice City for Whom," a documentary exploring racism in Fort Collins and lending her changemaker voice across stakeholder, committee and City Council meetings.


LMV Fellow, Ana Baez, Advocate/Community Organizer, Aurora

Ana is a leader in her community of Aurora. She is currently the director of “Creating and Economizing” a community group that provides craft classes for older adults and enterprising women. Along with being actively involved in the LCFC’s Latino Age Wave Colorado program she is an advocate for displaced persons and a promotora of Protégete - Conservation Colorado. Ana’s strongest skills are connecting, communicating, organizing and planning events.


LMV Senior Fellow, Patricia Barela-Rivera, PBR Solutions, Mountain Region

Patricia is the president and owner of PBR Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in small business advise/coaching, strategic planning, governmental and public policy consulting, creative marketing, community and public affairs and leadership development specializing in minority and women’s programs. Patricia is a native of New Mexico where she attended the University of New Mexico and studied Business Administration. She attended the National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

LMV Fellow, Fran Coleman, Former Elected Representative, Denver

Fran is currently a consultant working on a health project as well as with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce doing outreach to Latino communities as well as other diverse groups. Presently, she is in partnership with Ramona Martinez of REM & Associates as well as Kwon Atlas of CoAtlas providing political, community and candidate services. Her strongest skills are building relationships in the community, speaking, mentoring, writing, editing, analyzing projects and advising accordingly.


LMV Fellow, Dolores Del Campo Education Advocate, Fort Morgan

Dolores is from Durango, Mexico, where she was a teacher for 20 years and a principal of an elementary school for three years. Since moving to Fort Morgan in 2002, she has been heavily involved in learning about immigrant rights, the complex education system, parenting, and sharing this information with others in the community through ongoing meetings. She has a Master in Multicultural Education from University of Colorado. She is a Migrant Education Program (MEP) Recruiter for Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). She loves to work with people and help them have better lives.


LMV Fellow, Berna Hostetter, Community Organizer, Alamosa

Berna holds a Master of Business Administration and Leadership and is currently working in Event Management for Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Berna appreciates the rich culture and heritage of being Latina in the San Luis Valley. Her proudest professional accomplishments include being a first-generation graduate and the only member of her family to acquire a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business. She is proud to have received the Billy Award, a special recognition bestowed to her by Adams State University and the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center Hero Award.