MIAMI, FL – December 7, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The annual Hispanicize Event announced today its national call for nominations for the 2017 Positive Impact Awards (PIAs) that recognize unsung Latino and Latina heroes whose service to others has made a significant difference in their communities.

Presented in partnership with Prudential Financial, the 4th annual PIAs will accept nominations online through January 31, 2017 via the program’s website (


“These awards are at the heart of the Hispanicize mission to showcase the good works and contributions of Latinos to our great nation,” said Manny Ruiz, Founder and CEO of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns the Hispanicize event. “We are deeply grateful to Prudential for making this program the centerpiece of its partnership with Hispanicize. Never has there been a more important time for all Hispanic Americans to come together to bring awareness to the many ways we power and improve our country.”

“Those honored at the Positive Impact Awards share Prudential’s vision of creating lasting societal impact through their unwavering commitment to civic engagement and community service,” said Lata Reddy, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Prudential and president of The Prudential Foundation. “We are proud to once again be a part of a program that honors heroes whose sense of purpose not only drives their personal passions, but whose spirit of innovation helps create meaningful change in society at large.”

A panel of leaders from diverse industries will judge nominations for the Positive Impact Awards. Following this selection process, members of the public will have the opportunity to cast votes online to select the Positive Impact Person of the Year.

Finalists will be honored during a gala at the annual Hispanicize Event (, the largest gathering of Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in the nation, hosted in Miami at the JW Marriott Hotel from April 3-6, 2017.

A History of Spotlighting Good

Since its inception in 2013, the Positive Impact Awards has honored a total of 29 outstanding Latinos across the United States who have identified areas of need within their communities and provided solutions to help fill these gaps. Through their commitment and dedication, they have created critical resources and educational programs that have helped thousands in their communities overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams while also inspiring them to give back.

National Call and Criteria for Nominees

Following is the criteria for Positive Impact Awards nominees:

— Nominees can be of any ethnicity, resident status, educational level, age, work and/or professional background.

— Candidates can be nominated in one of several categories, including: community revitalization, professional development and empowerment, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), financial literacy, or other area that may not fit these categories.

— Nominees do not have to be affiliated to any nonprofit or organization, although nonprofit organizations are encouraged to nominate their most outstanding volunteers.

— There are no age restrictions. The nomination of teenagers and young adults is strongly encouraged.

— Aspiring candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.

— Special consideration will be given to individuals who achieve their magnanimity through volunteerism.

— The top four finalists will be asked to produce two letters of recommendation and submit a two-minute video on YouTube explaining their work and what the nomination means to them.

Sponsors to Date and Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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

In addition to Prudential Financial and SBS/LaMusica, as of today, announced sponsors also include: Toyota, Kelley Blue Book, State Farm, República and Sensis.

Additional media partners include: the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The Latino Startup Alliance, Black Tech Week, Hispanicize Wire, PRODU, El Sentinel, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Media Moves, iBlog Magazine and Digital Trends en Español.

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), Twitter and Periscope (@Hispanicize).

About Prudential
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of September 30, 2016, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit