Read biographies of feature guests for the 2018 Nonprofit Networking Forum being held tomorrow 11/14 at West Loop's Fulton Market Company.
Lilyanna Fragoso, National Correspondent, NBC/Telemundo Chicago
Lilyanna Fragoso is the national correspondent for Telemundo Network morning show “Un Nuevo Día” based in Chicago. Her focus is presenting feature stories of vibrant Latinos and their communities in Illinois. She also focuses on entertainment news; however, what she’s truly passionate about is discussing the vibrant Latino culture in Chicago and neighboring cities and bringing it to a national audience.
Previously Lilyanna was the entertainment producer and fill-in anchor for Telemundo Chicago’s local weekend entertainment show Acceso Total. Aside from her role in the show she also collaborated as presenter for Telemundo and NBC’s New Year’s Eve special broadcast of “Chi Town Rising” and the Chicago Auto Show special.
Before joining Telemundo, Fragoso was the morning show host at Univision Radio in Las Vegas, where she also represented Univision as the national brand ambassador for Subway restaurants’ Artistas Frescos program and served as the Emcee at events which took place at major US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas.
All of Lilyanna’s accomplishments in her career are due to her dedication and passion for journalism, her love and passion for her Mexican roots and her desire to showcase the Latino heritage in the US as best as she can through her stories.
Lilyanna received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
Jose M Muñoz, Vice President, External Affairs, Chief Marketing Officer, Casa Central
Jose M Muñoz is a social impact strategist with over 20 years of management, marketing and public relations experience. He has designed and led social impact initiatives on health, education, housing, immigration, civic engagement and violence prevention. Currently he is the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of External Affairs for Casa Central, one of the largest Hispanic social service agencies in the Midwest.
A few past projects have included #IncreaseThePeace, an initiative to engage youth in violence prevention efforts in Chicago; leading the State of Illinois’ $33 million Health Insurance Marketplace marketing campaign, known as Get Covered Illinois; and Co-Designing and launching Healthy Chicago, the City of Chicago’s first comprehensive Public Health Agenda.
Jose has served in executive leadership roles and as a consultant with the following organizations: Patient Innovation Center, The Resurrection Project, San Jose Obrero Mission, Aetna Health Insurance, Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Governor’s Office, UCP Seguin Services, and others.
Jose is a University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, a U.S. Mentor with the European Professional Fellows Network, a 2018 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar, and an experienced Design Thinking facilitator.
Griselda Reyes, Development Director, Boy Scouts of America
Previously Griselda was a Corporate Sales Executive at Expedia Inc. assisting companies across the Midwest to effectively optimize their travel programs. Formerly the Associate Director at Hispanic Executive magazine for 4 years, the leading print publication profiling Latinos that redefine the US and international business landscape.
She has more than a decade of sales and marketing experience, including media, publishing and advertising. Griselda spent 2 years as the Editorial Content Liaison at Chicago Tribune/Hoy Newspaper where she spearheaded the supplement Padres de Hoy.
After years of volunteering at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, she dedicated a year of work experience as a nurse assistant to pursue her passion of working with children. In her current role, she found herself returning to that desire of making a difference. Griselda’s responsibilities at the BSA include managing budgeted special events, fundraising, developing and maintaining successful donor relationships, and is also the Corporate Liaison for the organization. Griselda majored in Business Management and Computer Science at Robert Morris University.
Griselda is a Chicago native and growing up in the city she understands the importance of giving back to the community. She is passionate about supporting and making an impact for youth to Be Prepared. For Life.™
Judith Ruiz-Branch, PR & Community Outreach Spokesperson, Better Business Bureau Chicago
A Chicago native, Judith Ruiz-Branch is a passionate and driven media connoisseur. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Latino Studies. Judith has extensive news, media and public speaking skills and has gained years of experience at various outlets in Chicago including Crain’s Chicago Business, CLTV, WGN-TV, and Rivet Radio.
Judith also co-founded a nonprofit, the Angel Gabriel Foundation, in memory of her Uncle who passed away from cancer. The foundation’s mission is to offer essential support for the fight against cancer and beyond.
Combining her media experience, philanthropic spirit and passion for empowering people, she now proudly serves as the Public Relations, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Spanish Spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
Emmanuel Lopez, University of Oklahoma Alumni Association – Chicago Chapter
Emmanuel Lopez is the National Director of Sales and Marketing for Gulo. Gulo is a full-service digital agency and has had the privilege of working with over 100 non-profit organizations across the country with their digital strategies and growth.
Emmanuel currently sits as the President of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association. The Chicago chapter's mission is to provide local Chicagoland students scholarships for attending OU.
Emmanuel also sits on Associates Board for Gateway for Cancer Research. Gateway's mission is to fund breakthrough clinical trials worldwide that help people living with cancer to feel better, live longer and conquer cancer TODAY! With 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives goes directly to fund Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.
Lastly, Emmanuel is one of the newest members of the Chicago Leadership Alliance. The CLA is an organization bringing together Chicago's most dedicated leaders from the profit, nonprofit and public sectors in a passionate and consolidated effort to leverage activism in our communities and workplace.
Prior to Gulo, Emmanuel worked for Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on business development team that focused on connecting the local community, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Emmanuel is a true connector locally and nationally and is dedicated to assisting non-profit organizations build brand awareness that will ultimately assist in their growth and support.
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