A Decolonial Approach to Leadership: Latin American Women in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Canada


  • Marisol D'Andrea Toronto, Canada




Minority, Women, Latin American, Underrepresented, Leadership


The absence of Latin American women in positions of authority and power is indicative of the career limitations they face. This paper examines the leadership experiences of Latin American women who are leaders and reside in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I apply a decolonial feminism approach and the concept of intersectionality to examine the intersection of race, gender, and class. Also, I employ qualitative research using 10 in-depth semi-structured, individual interviews. I find that current Latin American women leaders still face barriers that prevent them from continuing their advancement in leadership positions. These barriers include racial and gender discrimination, negative stereotypes, scarcity of networks and mentors, and the struggle to achieve a work-life balance.


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Author Biography

Marisol D'Andrea, Toronto, Canada

MARISOL D’ANDREA, Ph.D, is a visual artist, illustrator, author, and multidisciplinary researcher. She is the author of "The Power of Artistic Thinking: Think Like an Artist and Innovate." She holds a doctoral degree in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education from the University of Toronto. This research study was initiated during her postdoctoral role at Ryerson University. Her major research interests lie in the area of leadership, arts, diversity, minority, and social justice. Email: marisol.dandrea@gmail.com.