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Success stories of five Latinas who have made it big in the U.S. business world.

Expert guest 2024

Selene Figueroa
Yvonne García
Claudia Moran-Pichardo
Dra. Luz Marcela Serrano
Rosy Aburto McDonough
Selene Figueroa

Selene Figueroa

Director of Donor Relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Selene Figueroa is a renowned nonprofit professional focused on community access, leadership, and advocacy. Throughout her career, Selene has had the pleasure of incorporating an inclusion lens into her fundraising and program development work. She has focused on removing systemic barriers, increasing access to resources, and elevating the voices of historically marginalized communities.

Selene Figueroa is the Director of Donor Relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She leads the Donor Relations team to ensure our network sees the impact their generosity has on the MSU Denver community.

Selene is honored to serve on several boards in the Denver metro area, including co-chair of the Denver Urban Debate League, the Latina Initiative, and treasurer of the Latinas First Foundation. She and her husband run a small consulting business that supports fundraising, educational access, and equitable program structure for nonprofits and debate teams across the United States.

Yvonne García

Yvonne García Bardwell

Associate Director of Community Relations at Denver Botanic Gardens

Yvonne Garcia Bardwell is an accomplished professional known for her exceptional contributions to community engagement and inclusivity. Currently serving as the Associate Director of Community Relations at Denver Botanic Gardens, she brings over 12 years of experience spearheading impactful initiatives that foster connections and positive change.

Yvonne’s dedication to diversifying the Gardens’ outreach has led her to cultivate strong relationships with various community organizations across the Front Range. Her commitment to cross-cultural communication is evident through her academic pursuits in international and Spanish-language marketing.

Before her role at Denver Botanic Gardens, Yvonne’s journey encompassed two transformative years of AmeriCorps service. As a Team Leader for NCCC, she showcased her leadership skills in diverse settings, followed by her impactful role as a VISTA for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, highlighting her commitment to environmental stewardship and community enhancement.

As an advocate for positive change, Yvonne Garcia Bardwell has established herself as a bridge-builder, fostering inclusivity, education, and collaboration. Her leadership underscores her impact in launching community engagement programs, such as the Clinton Family Fund Go2Gardens Free Shuttle Program and the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration.

Yvonne’s reputation as a trusted collaborator has led to authentic partnerships with diverse individuals and organizations, resulting in innovative programming and opportunities. Her involvement in various board memberships, including the Colorado Historical Foundation and the American Public Gardens Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility Committee, further exemplifies her commitment to meaningful community impact.

Claudia Moran-Pichardo

Claudia Moran-Pichardo

Executive Director Museo de las Américas

Claudia Moran-Pichardo was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Denver in 2002. Given her formal education in archeology and expertise in ancient Rock Art, Claudia has developed a passion for artistic expressions.

She recognizes the power art holds to shed light on the traditions that shaped the life of ancient civilizations as well as contemporary societies. Her passion for art along with her aspiration to support Latinx communities has kept her at Museo de las Americas, her 17-year experience at Museo has significantly shaped her philosophy on the role of museums and firmly believes in Museo’s mission of providing vital Latinx arts and culture exhibitions and programming for the local and regional communities can inspire and
educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Currently she is a Livingston Fellow, Board member of the National Museum of Women’s in the Arts Colorado Committee and Latina Safehouse. She has also participated in the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Institute and she was a Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 nominee.

Dra. Luz Marcela Serrano

Dra. Luz Marcela Serrano

Medical Director of Primary Care at Intermountain Health Peaks Region

Dr. Marcela Serrano is a graduate of the University of Chihuahua (UACH) School of Medicine. She obtained her specialty in Family Medicine in Las Cruces, NM. She also has a subspecialty in Gynecology from the University of Illinois in Peroia. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Primary Care at Intermountain Health Peaks Región

Rosy Aburto McDonough

Rosy Aburto McDonough

Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund

Rosy Aburto McDonough has extensive experience as an independent business consultant in financial, strategy and business development, and procurement and certification state-wide. She comes to First Southwest Community Fund as the Executive Director. Under her current position she oversees all aspects of the operation, funding strategy, educational programs, and business development for the organization.

Her personal mission is to support and elevate Colorado’s small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses. She comes from the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) where she was the Executive Director.

Prior to the above-mentioned roles she served as the Director of the Minority Business Office of Colorado at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). McDonough is credited for developing the statewide vision for OEDIT focused on supporting small minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses. Under her leadership, staff implements the strategic plan, continuously meeting and exceeding established annual performance measures, and impact goals.

McDonough has extensive experience as an independent business consultant in financial, strategy and business development, and procurement/certification state-wide. She is a former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She was an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she taught strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in actuarial science (applied mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.

Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. 

Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with languages and diverse interest in Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.