“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

Recognizing outstanding contributions to the educational, economic and social well-being of the Hispanic community.

This prestigious annual award is granted to individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact in improving the Hispanic community.

The winners are celebrated and honored during Prospanica's Brillante Gala, an evening of celebration who also recognizes the founders of the organization, highlights the year’s achievements and outlines the path ahead.

The Awards are presented in five categories:

  • Corporate / Government Excellence
  • Prospanica Member Excellence
  • Community Service Excellence Award
  • Entrepreneur Excellence Award
  • Educational Excellence Award

Below the details and selection criteria for each category:
 

Corporate / Government Excellence

The Brillante Award for Corporate Excellence recognizes a corporate or government partner who has a proven track record of success in the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce including the executive level.

This corporation/government agency supports NSHMBA mission and supports initiatives that impact the Hispanic community.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The Company/Agency’s sustainable efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce.
  • How well the company/agency has increased its representation of Hispanic professionals and executives.
  • The Company/Agency’s commitment and involvement in both the organization’s diversity efforts and their involvement with NSHMBA events in the past.
  • The Company/Agency’s diversity initiatives (including diversity council, employee resource groups, and internal and external communication strategies focused around these efforts).
  • The Company/Agency is a Prospanica partner and advocates and supports the NSHMBA mission and initiatives.
     

Prospanica Member Excellence

The Brillante Award for Member Excellence category recognizes a Prospanica member exemplifying Hispanic leadership through their drive and success.

The candidate steps forward as an advocate for education and community collaborations that foster advancement in initiatives to empower Hispanics and assist them to further their educational and professional pursuits.  The candidate advocates and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s achievements and success within the community at large, including any local, regional, or national recognition.
  • The candidate’s vision and passion and how well this message is conveyed to the Hispanic community.
  • The candidate’s commitment to social responsibility and giving back to their community, particularly in the area of educational and supporting, cultivating and empowering Hispanics.
     

Community Service Excellence

The Brillante Award for Community Service Excellence recognizes an entrepreneur, government agency, non-profit organization and any other institution or person who exemplifies Hispanic leadership through their drive and success.

This candidate steps forward as an advocate for education and community collaborations that foster advancement in initiatives to empower Hispanics and assist them to further their educational and professional pursuits. This candidate advocates and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s achievements and success within their business and the community at large, including any local, regional, or national recognition.
  • The candidate’s vision and passion around their product or service and how well this message is conveyed to the Hispanic community.
  • The candidate’s leadership attributes and resource management skills that have advanced their business as well as Prospanica’s mission and strategic goals.
  • The candidate’s commitment to social responsibility and giving back to their community, particularly in the area of educational and philanthropic initiatives supporting, cultivating and empowering Hispanics.
     

Entrepreneurship Excellence 

The Brillante Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence recognizes an entrepreneur who exemplifies Hispanic leadership through their drive and success. The candidate advocates and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s achievements and success within their business.
  • The candidate’s leadership attributes and resource management skills that have advanced their business as well as Prospanica’s mission and strategic goals.
  • The candidate’s commitment to social responsibility and giving back to their community, particularly in the area of educational and philanthropic initiatives supporting, cultivating and empowering Hispanics.
  • The candidate owning 50% or more of a small or medium business.
  • The candidate must be of Hispanic origin.
     

Educational Excellence 

The Brillante Award for Educational Excellence recognizes a higher education institution that advocates on behalf of diverse communities and students.

This candidate has successful educational programs dedicated to fostering Hispanics and preparing them for advanced educational, career and leadership opportunities. The nominee must have a successful and proven track record in educational programs targeted at Hispanics and is a true example of advocating collaborative partnerships, and/or funding sources.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The institution’s role in advocating on behalf of diverse communities.
  • The institution’s activities that promote increased representation of underrepresented groups including sponsoring or promoting diversity initiatives (i.e. conferences, workshops, and services).
  • The institution’s historical success and accomplishments in fostering Hispanics, preparing them for advanced educational opportunities.
  • The institution’s partnerships and/or relationships with Prospanica or other non-profit educational initiative/organizations (i.e. including length of time and any mutual grants or funding sources).
  • The institution’s support network and initiatives designed to bridge outcomes for Hispanic students while promoting a seamless path from recruitment to graduation at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • The institution’s collaborative partnerships with Prospanica and/or other non-profit educational initiatives/organizations that foster recruitment, retention, development, and graduation of Hispanic students.
  • The institution is a Prospanica partner and advocates and supports Prospanica’s mission and initiatives.
     

Please join us to recognize and celebrate the winners of the award.