Read biographies and news of feature guests for the 2015 Winter Networking Soiree this Wednesday

Anabel Monge, News Anchor, Telemundo Chicago

Anabel joined Telemundo Chicago in September 2014; previously Monge worked in San Antonio as a weekday and weekend news anchor and a general assignment reporter from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in Sacramento as a general assignment reporter from 2007 to 2008. Monge was a general assignment reporter in Fresno, California from 2005 to 2007. She also worked as a general assignment reporter for NBC 9 in El Paso from 2004 to 2005. She began her career at NBC 9 in Midland, Texas as a general assignment reporter in 2002.

Monge is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from New Mexico State University.

Hugo Chaviano, Director - Department of Labor, State of Illinois

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner has selected Hugo Chaviano, 62, to be the Director of the Illinois Department of Labor. Chaviano brings more than 35 years of legal experience to the job, including work as a mediator and arbitrator.

Chaviano is currently a senior partner for Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP, where he works on litigation cases in a number of areas including employment, contracts, transportation and torts. These cases have appeared before state and federal courts, regulatory agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. READ MORE AT THE ILLINOIS OBSERVER

Diana Palomar, Vice President, Community Affairs, ABC 7 Chicago

Diana Palomar is Vice President of Community Affairs for ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV). She helps guide the station’s public engagement efforts, which includes public service announcements and the internship program. She is also face of the station out in the general market serving as a conduit for information coming into the newsroom.

Working directly with non-profits and other community efforts involves assisting in their media/marketing/communications efforts, resource development and advocacy. Helping to tell their stories and create vehicles for awareness. As ABC 7’s representative she conveys the community’s issues and concerns to station management with the ultimate goal of facilitating better understanding between the two. Cultivating “community” spokespersons as resources and in general, better serving viewers with stories and programming reflective of our diverse viewership is among her priorities.

Born and raised in Chicago, she believes her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, provided her with the best educational experience with the added benefit of never having to leave her home and family!

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