Congratulations to the 2015 Winners of the NSHMBA Brillante Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners of the NSHMBA Brillante Awards of Excellence


IRVING, Texas, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) announced today the winners of its most prestigious and highly anticipated Brillante awards. Presented during the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo in Chicago, this honor recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the educational, economic and social well being of the Hispanic community.  This year’s winners are:

Brillante Award for Corporate Excellence 
Winner – Ford Motor Company

Placing tremendous value on finding, developing and retaining Hispanic talent, Ford Motor Company has been engaged with the Hispanic community in the U.S. and abroad for decades. Ford has a history of providing opportunity for Hispanic achievement and advancement and continues to do so.

“Ford Motor Company is very proud and honored to receive the 2015 Corporate Excellence award,” said Human Resource Manager Samuel Warnock who is accepting the award on behalf of the company. “Hispanic MBAs are key to our diversity pipeline at Ford and we look forward to many years of future success with NSHMBA.”

Brillante Award for Education Excellence 
Winner – Donna Marie Blancero, PhD

Donna Marie Blancero from Bentley University illustrates Hispanic leadership through her drive to encourage and prepare Hispanic students and communities to further their academic and professional pursuit.

“I have spent my professional career working to help educate Latinos at all levels, through my research, my teaching at Bentley University, and my work in executive development,” said Blancero.  “Through strong, ethical, and caring leadership, we can continue to have our community make a difference in society today.”

Brillante Award for Entrepreneur Excellence 
Winner – Keith Fernandez

Keith Fernandez exemplifies Hispanic leadership through his drive to succeed in business and dedication to further the academic and professional pursuits of the Hispanic community. “I am very honored to be receiving the 2015 Brillante Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from NSHMBA,” said Fernandez. “It is through this award and the success of my start-up Healthcare Company, National Diagnostic Solutions LLC, that I wish to empower and inspire other young Hispanic individuals to go out and take chances, chase your dreams and never stop the pursuit of your full educational, economic and social potential.”

NSHMBA Brillante Award for Member Excellence 
Winner – Rosanna Durruthy

New Jersey chapter member Rosanna Durruthy is a role model for her NSHMBA chapter and a leader in the advocacy of educational and community collaborations empowering Hispanics to pursue academic and professional milestones.

“It has been my honor and privilege to be a member of NSHMBA, since 1994,” said Rosanna Durruty, Brillante Award recipient for Member Excellence. “Affirming excellence as a standard for Latinos in business, NSHMBA has been a brilliant beacon for corporate America to access the best of graduate level Latino talent. I am so proud of the difference NSHMBA has made for our Latino community, and for our nation, and I am humbled to be awarded the Brillante Award for Member Excellence.”

NSHMBA along with Ford Motor Company will host an Awards Gala to present the Brillante awards on Saturday, October 10th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Grand Ballroom at the McCormick Place.  For the first time ever, tickets to this event are included with Full Conference registration.

“NSHMBA is very excited to be presenting the Corporate Excellence award to Ford Motor Company as they have been long-standing partners of ours,” said NSHMBA Interim CEO Thomas Savino. “This is a unique circumstance and the first time the sponsor of the event has ever won this award, but will definitely make for a more exciting celebration.”

Seats are limited so please come early to celebrate these tremendous recognitions!

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About the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo

The NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo is a 3-day event created to fortify connections within the Hispanic community, through a variety of recruiting opportunities with thousands of recruiters and hiring managers from Fortune 500 companies. This year NSHMBA is excited about being sponsored by Nationwide, the Lincoln Motor Company, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and GMAC. MBA students, graduates and professionals will be able to explore top-choice job opportunities and can even get hired on the spot. Attendees will also be able to benefit from professional development, on-site career management services, and many networking events. For more information on the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo, visit

About the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
NSHMBA formed in 1988, as a non-profit organization aiming to empower Hispanics to achieve their fullest educational, social, and earning potential. NSHMBA serves the Hispanic community and its constituents through a national network of 40 chapters and hundreds of community partners across the United States and Puerto Rico covering 100 percent of the Hispanic community. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership, advocating the pursuit of higher education and providing its members with world-class professional development and career management programs. For more information on NSHMBA, visit


Congratulations to the 2015 Winners of the NSHMBA Brillante Awards of Excellence