Outstanding Women in Media to be Honored this coming Tuesday at the Nationally-televised Gracie Awards

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The Alliance for Women in Media, headquartered in McLean, VA, is honoring outstanding women in media in a nationally-televised awards gala taking place on May 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. This year's Gracie Awards will honor media role models including Amy Poehler, Anjelica Huston, Mindy Kaling, and Julienne Moore; AWM supporters such as Ariana Ayu will be in attendance at Tuesday's red carpet event.

Ariana Ayu, "The Mojo Maven" and CEO of Ariana Ayu, LLC is a business and personal celebrity branding coach based outside of Washington, DC.

Ariana Ayu, aka "The Mojo Maven" is a business and personal celebrity branding coach based outside of Washington, DC.

AWM is making sure our girls have smart, savvy, and most importantly, REAL women to look up to.

Presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media, The Gracie Awards honors programming and individuals in all facets of radio, television, cable and digital media. Established in 1975, The Gracies have awarded shows and stars such as Sex and The City, Jessica Simpson, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Suze Orman, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Chelsea Handler, and Claire Danes.

The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. Established in 1951, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment.

“It’s incredibly important to support the advancement and positive image of women in the media,” says Ariana Ayu, who will be attending this year’s awards gala. “Girls look up to the women they see and hear in the media – if we don’t ensure those images are empowering, young girls will continue to try to force themselves to be what they are not. AWM is making sure our girls have smart, savvy, and most importantly, REAL women to look up to.”

According to the Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013 report released by the Women’s Media Center, the percentage of women who are television and radio news directors have increased while women are also outnumbering men on social media sites.

Hosted by Lana Parrilla of ABC's Once Upon A Time, The Gracies will be honoring the 2013 award winners Amy Poehler, Anjelica Huston, Julianne Moore, Lena Dunham, and Lucy Hale, among many others. Sponsors such as Dove who are committed to empowering and advocating for women will be present, and Melissa Etheridge will be performing live at this nationally televised event.

About Ariana Ayu -- Ariana Ayu, aka “The Mojo Maven” is a business and personal celebrity branding coach. She is an internationally respected author/ speaker, and the CEO and founder of several companies including Ariana Ayu, LLC which coaches business owners, executives, and corporations to build a value-driven brand culture. Ariana has worked as a high-level executive and board member for a multi-million dollar consulting company, and is an internationally respected author, speaker/singer, trainer, and coach. She is a member and supporter of The Women of Global Change, the Alliance for Women in Media, and the National Organization for Women: three organizations focused on positive societal change through the empowerment and advancement of women. A native of the Washington, DC metro area, her heart is high in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Her philosophy is that your business should help you “earn more, live luxuriously, and be profoundly fulfilled.” For more about Ariana, please visit: http://www.ArianaAyu.com.

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