“Our Brillante Awards not only celebrate those who have improved our community, but they also inspire others to get involved and strive to be the leader our community needs”
— Thomas Savino, CEO Prospanica

Brillante Awards FAQs


1. What is the nomination period?

The Brillante Awards nominations close at 5 PM CST on June 30, 2019.

2. Who can submit a nomination?

Prospanica members can submit nominations.  However, anyone currently serving as a Chapter Officer, as Corporate Advisory Board representative, on the National Board of Directors, or as Prospanica staff cannot be nominated for any Brillante category (or within one year of service). Self-nomination is allowed.

3. What award can a person or organization be nominated for?

Nominations are required for:

  • Corporate/ Government Excellence

  • Entrepreneurship Excellence

  • Educational Excellence

  • Community Service Excellence

  • Member Excellence.

4. Does an individual have to be a Prospanica member to be nominated?

Membership is only required for the Prospanica Member Excellence. Individuals and Organizations that have been involved with Prospanica or support the mission can be nominated for the other award categories.

5. Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen to be nominated?

No. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to be nominated.

6. Does my company have to be a sponsor of the Prospanica Conference in order for me to apply and win an award?

No. The nomination and peer-review selection process is independent of conference sponsorship.

7. Does a nominee need to be Hispanic to be nominated for a Brillante Award?

No. Nominated individuals nominated do not need to be Hispanics. A non-Hispanic must perform work or outreach activities that strongly impact the Hispanic community.

8. What are the components of a complete nomination package?

The components of a nomination package include:

a.  Online nomination form
b.  Justification statement (1,000 words or less)
c.  Company profile or biography (500 words or less)

9. What is a good justification statement?

Nominators must submit a Justification Statement that is a brief description, in 1,000 words or less, of why the nominated individual is deserving of the Brillante award. This statement should be based on the specific criteria of the award category. Make sure to include precise details and examples of your nominee’s accomplishments—referencing the appropriate criteria for the particular award. The Review Committee will rely solely on the submitted Justification Statement and not outside knowledge or material. Ensuring that statements are organized and well-written will make it easier for a nominee’s achievements to receive the consideration they deserve.

10. What is an acceptable length for the biography, and what should it cover?

The Biography should be no more than 500 words and should be a personal history including information the nominee is comfortable in disclosing publicly. The Biography is an opportunity to share significant early-life experiences and motivating factors leading to their success.  Information could include background, struggles and achievements, awards or commendations, family history, special projects, unique hobbies, or other important life events. For an organization, this is an opportunity for any meaningful information that might not be covered by the scope of the Justification Statement.

11. How is the 2019 nomination submission process different from previous years?

The process will be the same as in 2018. The nomination deadline this year is June 30, 2019.  You will be able to upload your nomination online. To find out more information, please visit our website www.prospanicaconference.org or contact us at programs@prospanica.org.

12. May I resubmit a 2018 nomination packet?

Yes. However, documents should be updated as needed.

13. May candidates be nominated in more than one category?

Yes. However, we do not recommend nominating a candidate for more than two categories in a given year. Two online nomination packages must be submitted; one for each category.

14. Can I nominate an organization or a person who has already won a Brillante award in the past?

Organizations competing for the Corporate/Government, Educational, or Community Service Award can only win once every five years. Thus, in order to be considered for 2019, an organization must not have won since 2014. Individuals who are Brillante winners for the Community Service are only eligible to win once in a lifetime for the same category.

15. How are the winners chosen?

Nominations are judged using the criteria in the award categories section of our website.

16. Who makes up the Selection Committee?

The Section Committee is composed of various Prospanica stakeholders. These committee members are divided into sub committees to evaluate the nominations.

17. When and how will candidates be notified if they are selected for an award?

All winners and the individuals who nominated them will be notified via telephone and email.  A formal letter of notification with details about the conference, awards show, rehearsals, etc. will be emailed before or by August 15, 2019. A press release announcing the winners will be posted on the Prospanica website after all awardees have been notified in writing.  The nominators of individuals who did not win will receive email communication indicating that their candidates were not selected for an award by the end of August 2019.

18. Is attendance at the Brillante Award Gala mandatory to win?

Yes. All winners must be able to attend the annual conference and career expo, October 30--November 1, in Orlando, FL. If a winner is unable to attend, the next highest ranked candidate in that category will be declared the winner. The only exceptions to this rule are for service men and women who are on active duty, maternity leave, or an extreme family emergency.  In these cases, a leader from the organization or family member may accept on the winner’s behalf.

19. What benefits do Brillante award recipients receive?

Recipients will be highly recognized during the Brillante Gala at the conference and career expo in Orlando, FL. In addition, winners receive a beautiful custom award, one full conference registration, hotel accommodations (two nights), airfare (coach class) to conference, recognition on the Prospanica website, the Prospanica magazine, and national press releases.

20. What conference provisions are there for Brillante awardees?

They receive one full registration, a beautiful custom award, hotel accommodations and airfare (coach class) to conference.

21. What if I still have additional questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact us at programs@prospanica.org

Please let us know if you know someone who has gone above and beyond to promote the Hispanic community and should be considered for the award.