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Linda  Alvarado

Linda Alvarado

First Hispanic MLB Franchise Owner


Linda Alvarado is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a commercial general contractor, construction manager, development, design/build, and property management firm. Based in Denver, the company has offices in several states and has successfully developed and constructed projects across America and internationally. Alvarado has 30 years' experience in commercial development, government and institutional general contracting, construction management, design/build, and program management contracts. Read More >

Alvarado made history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. As an owner of the Colorado Rockies, her role is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League Baseball team.

She has been the focus of many articles in newspapers, books, business publications, educational curriculums, and civics texts; has graced the cover of several national magazines; and has been featured in numerous media broadcast productions. Alvarado has set high standards as a successful business owner and her accomplishments have opened doors for women and minorities to enter new careers.

Her leadership in business, civic, and charitable organizations has earned her numerous awards for achievement. She has been a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

A nationally recognized speaker and advocate for business issues, Linda Alvarado has given numerous keynote presentations for corporations, institutions of higher education, and national conferences, as well as in public schools, motivating young people to excel and achieve their dreams.

Alvarado began business as a concrete contractor and was also the principal of a construction management firm that provided the full range of development and program management and construction management services from project concept through budget models, design, cost estimates, scheduling, construction phase, and project closeout.

She is the recipient of numerous awards. She was voted by viewers as the “Most Inspiring American Latino” for the 2009 American Latino Television Awards. She has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine and Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” In 2003, Alvarado was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. Alvarado was honored along with US Attorney General, Janet Reno, and Maya Angelou as a recipient of the prestigious Sara Lee Corporation Frontrunner Award for exemplary achievement and leadership. Her success in business and active community involvement led to her recognition as a trailblazer in her field.

Alvarado has also been honored twice as the recipient of The United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year in 1986 and 1996, The Revlon Business Woman of the Year, The National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Award, The National Society of Hispanic MBA's “Brillante Award,” the Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Award by the Colorado MLK Commission, and the National Association of Minority Engineers “Visionary Award.”

She has served on the board of trustees of The Rose Community Foundation, Qwest Communications Foundation, and Taco Bell Foundation and is a founding member of The Colorado Latino Community Foundation. Alvarado is a corporate director of 3M and Pitney Bowes and previously served on the board of directors of Pepsi Bottling Group, Lennox International, Qwest Communications, and United Banks of Colorado. Read Less ^

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MLB (Major League Business) Strategies

From construction to baseball and banks, Linda Alvarado is a business leader and force across industries. She founded and leads a construction empire, as well as making history with her purchase of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Alvarado imparts over 40 years of lessons on business leadership with audiences in this insightful speech. She has pushed countless boundaries and shares the strategies that have helped make her company and baseball team successful. 

Believe in Your Ability to Succeed

When Linda Alvarado was rejected for a landscape laborer position for being a woman, she began a lifelong quest to prove them wrong and find success in construction. She would go on to found and run Alvarado Construction, one of the United States’ fastest growing construction companies. In addition, she became both the first Hispanic and first woman to own a Major League Baseball team. In this motivational speech, Alvarado shares her story and urges audiences to “make the choice to succeed.” She uses her experience to show we can overcome obstacles and find success in any field. 

The Minority Entrepreneur

Linda Alvarado is a history-maker. She is not only the first Hispanic to own a Major League Baseball franchise, but is the first woman to own one as well. Beginning her career in the construction industry, Alvarado has faced countless acts of discrimination because of her gender and ethnicity. In this speech, Alvarado shares wise insights and tips about navigating entrepreneurship as a member of a minority group. Audiences leave this inspirational speech feeling motivated to further their entrepreneurial goals and overcome obstacles they may face.

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Alvarado scores at Industry Summit