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Hispanic MBAs Name Award Winners


Florida International University  and Loida Rosario of DePaul University were among recipients of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs’s 2008 Brillante Awards for Excellence announced on September 19.

The Brillante Award for Excellence is part of NSHMBA’s mission to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development, the society said. Six recipients will be recognized at the Brillante Awards Gala, hosted by Deloitte, during the NSHMBA 2008 Conference and Career Expo on October 11 in Atlanta, GA.

This year, nominations are for three outstanding individuals and three leading organizations. Individual honorees for 2008, in addition to Rosario, director of the Partner Relations Multicultural Program at DePaul University, who was  recognized for member service excellence; included Rudy Beserra,  vice president/Latin Affairs of the Coca-Cola Company, recognized for  corporate executive excellence; and Tillie Hidalgo Lima, President/chief executive officer of Best Upon Request Corporate, Inc. for entrepreneur excellence.

In addition to FIU, which was recognized for education excellence, organizations honored were American Express and the National Hispanic Business Association for not-for-profit excellence.

“The individuals and organizations awarded the Brillante Award for Excellence are truly dedicated and determined to make a significant impact in the business world and the Hispanic community,” states Lourdes Hassler, chief executive officer of NSHMBA. “They are true role models to our nation and an inspiration to our Hispanic community.”

NSHMBA also has announced the addition of six universities to its University Partnership Program roster. They are the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, Chapman University, University of San Francisco, Rollins College, and the University of New Mexico.

The organization said it created the University Partnership Program in 2006 to provide select academic institutions an expanded pool of qualified Hispanic applicants for graduate business programs. The partnership program offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.

NSHMBA was created in 1988 and has 32 chapters and 7,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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