The Powerful Voices Conversation Series will feature speakers who will touch your heart with their inspirational stories of success. There is no formula, no rules, no division of career or personal life stories, because after all - we gain power and inspiration from all places. All speakers share their stories about how they achieved their success, best leadership practices and key strengths to succeed in business and life.
Take time each month to refocus your energy and connect with your community of empowered, collaborative women who want nothing but to help you succeed.
Speaker:Patricia Barela Rivera, First Latina Director of the Colorado SBA
Patricia Barela Rivera was the first Latina to be a director of the Colorado U.S. Small Business Administration and spent her career championing women and minority owned businesses. Barela Rivera is owner and president of PBR Solutions, a Denver-based consulting firm. She previously spent 11 years as the director of the Colorado District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her leadership experience also includes directing citizen advocacy and outreach in the governor’s office from 1994-97, being appointed by the governor as deputy director for the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs from 1991-94, and serving on over 60 community and organization boards in Colorado during the past 35 years. Barela Rivera earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Patricia is serving her second term on UNC's Board of Trustees and was reappointed by Governor Polis to serve through December 2024.