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Linda Alvarado

CEO, Alvarado Construction, Incorporated

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Linda Alvarado on her trailblazing success in the male-dominated construction business and sports world.
Armed with her mother’s philosophy of empieza pequeño, pero piensa muy grande (“start small, but think big”), Linda Alvarado began her career as a laborer for a groundskeeper in college, moved into construction management, and formed her own company, Alvarado Construction. She started out pouring concrete for sidewalks and erecting small bus shelters. Now, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, she builds high-rises, hotels, sports arenas, convention centers and more as a commercial general contractor, construction manager, developer, designer/builder, and property manager.   Alvarado sets tall standards in what was, to put it mildly, a man's world. Her Denver-based company has offices in several states and executes multi-million dollar projects across America and internationally. When then-candidate Obama claimed the Democratic nomination in 2008, he was in an Alvarado-restored convention hall. And when the Denver Broncos take the take the field at the 2001 Mile High, they’re playing on turf that she helped lay. The sports connection doesn’t end there: Alvarado’s co-ownership of the Colorado Rockies makes her the first woman and first Hispanic owner in the history of Major League Baseball.

More From Linda

Never Impossible
Alvardo's advice on how to dream big and flip negatives to positives.  

Coffee Girl
Even when you're the boss, old stereotypes die hard.

Women in the Front Office
The perks of being a baseball team owner include showing girls the front office ropes.   

The Spark to Start a Business
Alvarado describes how a sexist comment on the job unintentionally sparked her entrepreneurial drive.

Modern Husband
Balancing children and a high-powered career is possible with a husband like Alvarado's.

No Housework
Alvarado confesses her husband might not have known just how nontraditional his wife would be.

Don't Find Excuses
Alvarado shares her mother's sage advice on succeeding regardless of stereotypes.

That 70s Rush
Alvarado recalls her private thrill seeing women's opportunities expand through the years.

One More Dream
How will we know if women are really 50/50 with men?  Linda Alvarado describes her dream for the Supreme Court and the small role she might play as contractor.

Talking Sports with Execs
Being able to talk sports was a boon for Alvarado in the business world.

Becoming a Baseball Owner
By becoming an MLB owner, Alvarado shattered two more glass ceilings in an already atypical career.

Affirmative Action
Alvarado shares her firsthand insight on the value of affirmative action.