NEW YORK, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos Calderon, Jomari Goyso and Lourdes Stephen, co-hosts of Univision Network's "Sal y Pimienta" (Salt and Pepper), the show that adds salt and pepper to the hottest show business headlines, will host the 2015 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast. Presented by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the event is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CDT at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. Held as part of INTX: The Internet & Television Expo (formerly the Cable Show), the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast features the presentation of the Next Generation Leaders Awards, honoring emerging executives for their professional acumen and achievements in fostering diversity and inclusion.
"Univision is among our industry's most distinguished diversity champions and we are delighted to have the network's on-air personalities host this year's awards breakfast," said Eglon E. Simons, NAMIC's president and CEO. "As we continue the tradition of recognizing the next generation of business leaders, the support of our industry partners is invaluable. Our sincere thanks are extended to Univision and to all of the sponsoring companies that make this initiative possible."
The co-hosting trio, Calderon, Goyso and Stephen, host Univision's "Sal y Pimienta," a top-rated gossip and entertainment show airing Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Calderon, an Emmy-nominated entertainment correspondent was previously the co-host of Univision's entertainment news show, "El Gordo y la Flaca" (The Scoop and the Skinny). Goyso is a judge on Univision's popular reality competition "Nuestra Belleza Latina" (Our Latin Beauty). In addition to presenting "Sal y Pimienta," Stephen has co-hosted numerous network specials such as Univision's live coverage of the Latin GRAMMYs® Red Carpet special from Las Vegas, New Year's Eve specials and "Los 50 Mas Bellos de People en Espanol 2011" (People en Espanol's 50 Most Beautiful People 2011), covering the magazine's famous list in which she was also included.
"Univision is a mission-driven company. Every year we are excited to support NAMIC's efforts and its annual breakfast. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding diverse leadership in our industry," said Tonia O'Connor, president, Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development, Univision Communications, Inc.
Winners of the 2015 Next Generation Leaders Awards include Eddie Hill, senior vice president, Consumer Marketing & Brand Strategy, BET Networks; Quincy Johnson, vice president, Digital Advertising Systems, Media Software and Services, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Jessica Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Univision Communications Inc.; and Chandni Thakrar-Ochoa, vice president, Technology Integration, Suddenlink Communications. In addition to the four winners, NAMIC will recognize a group of 10 Luminaries.
Event Sponsors of the 2015 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast confirmed to date include the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Univision Communications Inc., Cisco, Condista, Crown Media, FOX Audience Strategy, El Rey Network, NBCUniversal, NCC Media, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, REVOLT, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom.
For more information regarding the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast or for sponsorship inquiries and ticket/table purchases, contact Sandra Girado, senior director of Meetings and Events, NAMIC at 212-594-5985 or via e-mail at [email protected].
NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises over 2,300 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.