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2014 Brillante FAQ


Brillante - FAQ

What are the 2014 Brillante categories?

Brillante Award for Corporate/Government Hispanic Excellence – organization
Brillante Award for Education Hispanic Excellence – universities
Brillante Award for Entrepreneur Hispanic Excellence - entrepreneurs
Brillante Award for Community Service Hispanic Excellence – individual, non-profit, government, entrepreneur


1.    What is the nomination period?

The Brillante Awards nominations close at 5 PM CST on June 20, 2014.


2.    Who can submit a nomination?

Anyone can submit a nomination; however, if you are currently serving as a Chapter Officer, Corporate Advisory Board representative, on the Board of Directors, or NSHMBA staff, you can’t be nominated for any Brillante category. You are eligible to nominate yourself.


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

Nominations are required for: Corporate Hispanic Excellence, Educational Hispanic Excellence, Entrepreneur Hispanic Excellence & Community Service Hispanic Excellence.


4.    Do you have to be a NSHMBA member to be nominated?

Organizations competing for the Corporate, Educational, or Community Service Award can only win once every five years. Thus, in order to be considered for 2014, an organization must not have won since 2009. Individuals who are Brillante winners for the following category: Community Service, are eligible to win only once in a lifetime for this category.


5.    Do you need to have an MBA to be nominated for a Brillante Award?

Individuals do not need to hold and MBA to be nominated.


6.    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.


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

No.  The nomination and peer-review selection process is independent of conference sponsorship.  NSHMBA has had many winners from companies and organizations that are not conference sponsors.


8.    Do you need to be Hispanic to be nominated for a Brillante Award?

No.  The individuals nominated for the Founder’s and Education award categories do not need to be Hispanics.  A non-Hispanic must perform work or outreach activities that strongly impact the Hispanic community.


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

The components of a nomination package include:
   a.    Online Nomination Form
   b.    Nominator Statement
   c.    Resume
   d.    Full Job Description
   e.    Biography (should be maximum of 3 pages)
   f.    Color Photograph that is at least 600 dpi or higher
   g.    Articles about the Nominee (if applicable)
10.    What is a good nomination statement?
Nominators must submit a nominator statement which is a brief description, in 1,000 words or less, of why the individual they are nominating is deserving of the Brillante award. The focus of this statement should be based on the criteria of the award category.  Include specific details and examples of your nominee’s accomplishments - the more specific, and the more examples (up to 1000 words) the better.
11.    What is an acceptable length for the biography?
The biography should be no more than 3 pages 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.  Nominees can share information about their background, struggles and achievements, awards or commendations, family history, special projects, unique hobbies, or other important life events.
12.    How is the 2014 nomination submission process different from previous years?
The process will be the same as in 2013.  The nomination deadline this year is July 15, 2014.  You will be able to upload your nomination on-line.  To find out more information, please visit our website or contact Rafaela Schwan, Director of Programs, at
13.    May I resubmit a 2013 nomination packet?
Yes.  However, documents should be updated and current 2014 date.
14.    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.
15.    Can I nominate an organization or a person who has already won a Brillante award in the past?
Organizations competing for the Corporate, Educational, or Community Service Award can only win once every five years. Thus, in order to be considered for 2014, an organization must not have won since 2009.  Individuals who are Brillante winners for the following category: Community Service, are only eligible to win once in a lifetime for this category.
16.    How are the winners chosen?
Nominations are judged using the criteria outlined in the award categories section of our website.
17.    Who makes up the Selection Committee?
The Selection Committee is composed of various NSHMBA stakeholders, who have expertise in their given discipline.  These committee members are divided into sub committees to evaluate the nominations.
18.    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 mailed and sent by email the second week of August 2014.  A press release announcing the winners will be posted on the NSHMBA website after all awardees have been notified in writing.  The nominators of individuals who did not win will receive letters indicating that their candidates were not selected for an award by the end of August 2014.
19.    Is attendance at the Brillante Award Gala mandatory to win?
Yes.  All winners must be able to attend the NSHMBA Annual Conference and Career Expo, Sept. 24-27, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA.  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.
20.    What benefits do Brillante award recipients receive?
Recipients will be recognized during the Founder's Gala at the NSHMBA 2014 Annual Conference & Career Expo in Philadelphia, PA.  In addition, winners receive a beautiful custom award, an online medallion to post on their website, one full conference registrations, hotel accommodations, airfare (coach class) to conference, recognition on the NSHMBA website, The Bottom Line NSHMBA’s newsletter, the NSHMBA magazine, and national press releases.
21.    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.
22.    What if I still have additional questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact Rafaela Schwan, Director of Programs at

*Individuals currently serving as NSHMBA Chapter Officers, Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Board representatives, and NSHMBA Staff are ineligible to be nominated or selected as a Brillante Award Recipient within the year of service.

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