Gracie Awards

Cumulus Media President/CEO Mary Berner, Entercom COO Weezie Kramer and Univision Executive VP and Chief Communications Officer Rosemary Mercedes were among those honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a 2019 Gracies Leadership Award. In all, seven women were honored at the luncheon held Thursday, Nov. 21 in New York City.

“Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy,” Kramer said when accepting her award, according to an Alliance for Women in Media news release.

Berner quoted poet Maya Angelou, saying, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better,” adding, “At Cumulus, we know better, and we are working hard to do better.”

“It’s so easy to get caught up on headlines of the day – the ‘Me Toos’ and the statistics, which are not as great as they should be,” Mercedes said. “But, when you expand your view and think about the century and where we were in 1901 to where we are today, it is such a wonderful time to be a woman. I know there’s work to be done, but it’s a great time to be a woman today.”

Also recognized at the Luncheon were 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 keynote speaker at the event was kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, who shared her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her nine-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you,” Smart said.