Cumulus Media’s Mary Berner, Entercom’s Weezie Kramer and Univision’s Rosemary Mercedes are among seven women who will be honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a 2019 Gracies Leadership Award. The awards are presented annually to women executives who have made a significant impact on the media industry, while also spurring to action and emboldening other female leaders. The awards will be presented at the Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City Thursday, Nov. 21.
Berner is President & CEO of Cumulus; Kramer is Chief Operating Officer of Entercom; Mercedes is Executive VP and Chief Communications Officer at Univision.
Also being honored at the November gala are Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One; Michelle Vicary, Executive VP of Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media; Danyelle Wright, VP Employment & Labor law and Chief Diversity Officer, E.W. Scripps; and Chickie Bucco, Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership Award Recipient.
“The Alliance for Women in Media is proud to showcase female executives for their extraordinary accomplishments and deep contributions across the media landscape,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “The Gracies Leadership Awards are one way AWM recognizes and connects women who serve in all areas of the media and entertainment industry. By honoring these outstanding women, we are empowering all women, at every level, to take that next step in elevating their careers and their contributions.”
For decades, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has bestowed the coveted Gracie Award on producers, directors, actors and writers for extraordinary work created by, for and about women. The Gracies are named for iconic comedienne Gracie Allen, who was also a pioneer of radio and television. The Gracie Leadership Award spotlights the media industry’s business leaders, from founders and owners to C-suite executives.