The Council of the Americas Symposium and 23rd BRAVO Business Awards will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Miami


The Symposium, the premier forum in the Western Hemisphere focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, brings together each year the private and public sectors, in addition to non-governmental organizations, to discuss key issues facing the region. The Symposium hosts heads of state, top CEOs, and high-level decision makers for a one day gathering on the importance of business and government in building sustainable economic, as well as social development. The conference offers participants valuable access and opportunities to forge relationships, insights, and ideas.


Council of the Americas (COA) Is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.


The BRAVO Business Awards, widely regarded as the ‘’Oscars of Latin American Business,’’ has been recognizing leadership and excellence in the Americas for more than two decades. Each year, the Awards honor heads of state, CEOs and the decision makers that are shaping Latin America’s business and policy stance in the world. With more than 160 honorees spanning 22 years, the Awards consistently recognize the region’s most influential leaders for their achievements and contributions to the Americas.

Bravo Business Awards Nominations

In 2017, the BRAVO Business Awards will celebrate 23 years of recognizing the region’s most influential leaders and their contributions to the Western Hemisphere.

Each year, a diverse group of leaders from government and business, as well as mavericks in the non-governmental, environmental and humanitarian fields are nominated. We narrow the list of candidates, consulting with past honorees of the prestigious Award, international executives, government officials and leading academics.

Finally, we narrow down the list of finalists and select the recipients of the BRAVO Business Awards for their leadership and their contributions to progress in the Americas.

Winners selected will be honored at the gala awards ceremony, which takes place in Miami in October. We invite you to nominate and help shape the 2017 BRAVO Business Awards!

Why Attend?

Interact With Leaders

Business Government and social leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation encouraging a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas.

Global Insights

Experts from the public and private sectors will form working groups to discuss industry specific trends impacting Latin America.

International Speakers

Latin America’s most innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

Business Partnerships

Access Latin America’s leaders in one day, in one place to forge new business relationships.

Remain Competitive

Learn from experienced business and social entrepreneurs what it takes to stay competitive in today’s global marketplace.

Book your hotel stay today!

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Take advantage of a special discounted rate for all delegates attending this event

Special rate is $279/night for a city view room when available during event dates.

** Please note the hotel gets sold out for this event so we encourage you to make reservations by the above deadline Special discounted rate for Symposium & Bravo Award participants are reserved first come first served, limited capacity & dependent on availability. A seven (7) day cancelation policy, Council of the Americas is not responsible for hotel bookings. Special rate is $279/night for a City view room when available.

Booking your hotel is easy:


Call the hotel directly and speak to our In-House Reservation Team (305-358-3535) and mention the "Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards" to ensure you receive special rate.


Making the reservation via our website: and include the following in Company/Promo Code: CI1017AL (case sensitive, please do not copy paste the code, needs to be typed it in the Corporate / Promo Code field


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Past Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards Clips


Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Information

Plenary Sessions

Business, government and public leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation, focusing on macro views on the global and regional landscape for the private and public sectors. Moderators will encourage a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas and will accept questions from the audience. The format will be Davos Style, with an estimated audience of 400 participants. Panelists will be comprised of CEOs, Senior Government Officials, and Young Leaders.

Concurrent Sessions

Experts on key themes of this year’s Symposium will discuss a variety of issues, ranging from gender equality, the role of philanthropy in the region, to the next generation of leaders, in a roundtable style format. The main focus will be on private sector engagement, and participants will gain a regional view on these issues. The format will be roundtable, with an estimated audience of 75-125 participants. Panelists will be comprised of Senior Executives, Government Officials and Young Leaders.

Keynote Addresses

Innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying the key themes of the 2017 Symposium. Speakers will present their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

For inquiries about the 2017 Symposium or the 23rd Annual BRAVO Business Awards, please contact:

Speaking Engagements

Drew Westervelt

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Maria Lourdes Gallo

Mercedes Fernandez