About the event

Dear Sponsors and Guests:

The Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner has been held annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce since 1970.  The gala honors two outstanding leaders – one Brazilian and one American – who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations.  Past honorees have included President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President Bill Clinton, Minister Henrique Meirelles, and Henry Kissinger.

The highly anticipated 2022 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner took place at The Glasshouse and was attended by nearly 1,000 participants from the business, financial, and diplomatic communities, many traveling from Brazil.  The program honored, as Brazilian Person of the Year, Luiza Helena Trajano, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Magazine Luiza – and as American Person of the Year, Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty, Former Chairperson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of IBM.  Special awards were bestowed upon two non-profit organizations – Instituto de Pesquisas em Tecnologia e Inovação (IPTI) with the Entrepreneurship in Social Responsibility Award, and Mantena Global Care with the Community Impact Award.

Proceeds from the event are being invested in the expansion of our Person of the Year Fellowship Program, conducted in partnership with Instituto Ling and Fundação Lemann and has co-supported over 138 Brazilian students who have already graduated or are studying to obtain graduate degrees from top tier American universities. 

In addition to the gala, a series of parallel events sponsored by institutions such as Financial Times, Banco Itaú, BTG Pactual, Bank of America, Forbes Brasil, and J. Safra Group contributed to making the week of the gala “Brazil Week” in New York.

The POY has become the premier event of the Brazilian-American community in the United States, and its success has enabled the Chamber to expand its annual programming to further develop the ties between Brazil and the United States.

As a way to relive important moments from the 2022 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, we share with you the links to the photo gallery.

Red Carpet

Cocktail Reception

Dinner / Awards Ceremony

Photo Credits: Carol Biazotto and Team – Exclusively for the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. All rights reserved.

We would be honored to once again have your prestigious participation at the 2023 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner.


Awards Committee

Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

For more information, please e-mail, or call (212) 751-4691.



A brief biography of Luiza Helena Trajano and Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty follows:

Luiza Helena Trajano:

Born in Franca, Brazil, Luiza Helena Trajano is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Magazine Luiza. With a degree in Law from the University of Franca, she is responsible for introducing the purchase option of credit and online transactions in Brazil, and for the leap in innovation and growth that placed Magazine Luiza among the largest retailers in Brazil.

In addition to her role at Magazine Luiza, Ms. Trajano serves as a counselor at 12 different entities, including UNICEF and the Consultative Group of the UN Population Fund in Brazil. In 2018, she was Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America.

Since 2013, Ms. Trajano has led the Grupo Mulheres do Brasil, which today has tens of thousands of participants in Brazil and abroad, with a strong presence in New York. The group meets every month to discuss and propose actions related to education, entrepreneurship, social projects, innovation, diversity, and gender equality in the workplace.

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty:

Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ms. Rometty held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and service experts.

Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ms. Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform.

Throughout IBM’s reinvention, Ms. Rometty has worked to ensure that new technologies are developed and deployed in a way that is ethical and enduring. IBM, under Ms. Rometty’s leadership, has also led the way in ensuring that society is prepared for this new era of data. This includes equipping workers for “new collar” job roles in emerging technology fields that do not always require a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to her role at IBM, Ms. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, and the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group and is a member of the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.




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