MIAMI, FL – February 5, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize has announced its open call for nominations for the 2016 Positive Impact Awards sponsored by Prudential Financial.

Nominations for the awards, which will honor four every-day people who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities, are being accepted online through February 29, 2016 through the program’s website (

The gala takes place during the annual Hispanicize Event (, the nation’s premier Latino trends event for bloggers, marketers, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and tech leaders, hosted in Miami at the InterContinental Miami Hotel from April 4-8, 2016.

The honored individuals will be selected from nomination submissions, voted on by a panel of leaders from various industries, including Hispanicize 2016 advisory board members. Audiences will later have the chance to vote online for one honoree to be recognized as Positive Impact Person of the Year at the awards gala on April 5, 2016 in Miami.

“Never before has there been a bigger need to proudly and boldly recognize the positive, community-shaping contributions of Latinos in the United States,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of Hispanicize 2016. “Prudential’s proven commitment to the empowerment and betterment of communities across the country makes them a great partner and champion for this program. We are very proud of this partnership.”

Over the past two years, the Positive Impact Awards have honored 25 Latinos from all corners of the United States who have dedicated their lives, time and money to ensuring that their communities have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.

“At the center of Prudential’s mission is the idea that everyone should have the opportunity to grow and achieve upward mobility through resources and tools that will help them succeed. The Positive Impact Awards are an excellent platform to honor those who share our vision of strengthening communities through collaboration and innovation,“ said Mammen Verghis, vice president, Multicultural Marketing at Prudential Financial, Inc.

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National Call and Criteria for Nominees

Following is the criteria for Positive Impact Awards nominees:

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

— Candidates can be nominated in one of several categories, including: community revitalization, professional development, 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203-364-4779.

As of today announced sponsors of Hispanicize 2016 include Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Comcast, MSNBC, NBC News, Alma, Sensis, BodenPR, República,, the Dominican Republic Tourism Office and Kelley Blue Book. Numerous other consumer, travel, food and marketing brands will soon be revealed.

About Hispanicize 2016
Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week ( (#Hispanicize16) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2016 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 five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

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

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

About Prudential
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), 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