MIAMI, FL – March 2, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Organizers of the annual Hispanicize event announced the winners of the 2017 Positive Impact Awards (PIA), presented by Prudential Financial, Inc. Now in its fourth year, the Positive Impact Awards celebrate and honor everyday Hispanic Americans who give their time, knowledge, money and resources to create a difference in their communities.

This year Hispanicize is honoring four exemplary individuals who are making great differences in the areas of community revitalization, STEM initiatives, professional empowerment and financial education.

“In the midst of these strange times, it is even more imperative that we uplift those Hispanic Americans who provide exceptional and positive contributions to our nation,” said Manny Ruiz, Founder and CEO of Hispanicize Media Group. “By exalting their hard work and dedication, we hope to inspire others to promote change in their own ways. We are grateful to Prudential for once again supporting this program and for making it possible to continue to celebrate these unsung heroes and their accomplishments.”

The 2017 Positive Impact Award winners are:

Community Revitalization: Luis Gutierrez, Founder, Latinos Progresando

S.T.E.M. Star: Dante Alvarado-Leon, Founder, Mentor Room  

Professional Empowerment: Roxane Hara, Founder, Mujeres Ayudando Mujeres

Financial Education: Felipe Pinzón, Vice-President, Programs for Hispanic Unity of Florida

“We are proud to honor Luis, Dante, Roxane and Felipe for their important work in addressing some of the complex and evolving financial and social challenges of our time,” said Lata Reddy, vice president of corporate social responsibility, Prudential Financial and president, The Prudential Foundation. “Their efforts complement Prudential’s core belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve financial security and the peace of mind that comes with it. We look forward to recognizing them all at the 2017 Positive Impact Awards in April.”

Created in 2013 in honor of the late Louis Pagan, co-founder of Hispanicize and a well-known social media entrepreneur who passed away suddenly in February 2013, the Positive Impact Awards honor those who reflect kindness and commitment, two attributes that Louis embodied.

Vote for Positive Impact Person of the Year

Beginning March 2, 2017, the public can vote for their choice for the Positive Impact Person of the Year. The winner will be announced on April 4th at the Positive Impact Awards and opening gala of Hispanicize 2017. To vote for Positive Impact Person of the Year visit: Voting ends on March 30, 2017.

Sponsors to Date and Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorship information is still available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, Walmart, State Farm, NASCAR, Best Western, Go Rving, KOA, Israel Board of Tourism, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AARP, CNN, CNN Español, Cooper Tires, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Princess House, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Ole Henriksen, Lansinoh, Alma, República, C-Com Group, Synergy Workspaces,, APC Collective, BodenPR,, Visit Philly, saludMóvil and The Calvert Foundation.

Additional media partners include: PRWeek, Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Media Moves, iBlog Magazine, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).

About Prudential Financial, Inc.
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