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Gracie Interview Series

The next Gracie Interview Series features the co-founders of Lemonada Media, Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs in conversation with Heather Cohen, Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency.

This video will be available to all through September 30, 2023. After that time, it will be available only to AWM Members through the Gracie Interview Series Archive. Please contact info@allwomeninmedia.org with questions.


Jessica Cordova Kramer is co-founder and CEO of Lemonada Media, an award-winning podcast network with a mission to make life suck less. In 2022, she was named among the “Top 50 Most Powerful People in Podcasting,” by Podcast Daily News and Inside Radio.  Cordova Kramer was previously the executive producer of the Pod Save the People podcast, which has won multiple Webby awards. She began her professional career as a Wall Street lawyer who moonlighted on pro bono domestic violence and refugee cases, then worked for Teach For America and Teach For All for more than a decade. Cordova Kramer lost her younger brother, Stefano, to a long battle with addiction, subsequently co-creating Lemonada with Stephanie Wittels Wachs, who also lost her brother to an overdose. The network has gone on to create hit series, including the Gracie Award-winning podcasts Last Day and Believe Her, Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Choice Words with Samantha Bee, In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt, Funny Cuz It’s True with Elyse Myers and Blind Plea. Lemonada’s goal is, Cordova Kramer says, “to make shows that help people get out of bed in the morning, that help people deal with the hardest sh*t in their real lives.”


Stephanie Wittels Wachs is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lemonada Media, an award-winning podcast network with a mission to make life suck less. In 2022, she was named among the “Top 50 Most Powerful People in Podcasting,” by Podcast Daily News and Inside Radio. Wittels Wachs co-created and hosts Last Day, Lemonada’s Gracie Award-winning flagship show confronting massive epidemics with humor, compassion, and a quest for progress. Its first season focused on the opioid crisis, which took the life of her brother, writer-producer-comedian Harris Wittels (Parks & Recreation, Master of None). Thanks in part to her wit and forthrightness, Wittels Wachs has appeared as a guest on a plethora of podcasts (from Comedy Bang Bang to Pod Save the People) public radio programs (NPR’s Morning Edition), and TV shows (Late Night with Seth Meyers). She’s the author of the best-selling book Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, which Kirkus anointed “a powerful debut” upon its release. She co-founded Lemonada Media with Jessica Cordova Kramer, who also lost her brother to an overdose, because, Wittels Wachs says, “Community is a life jacket.” 


Heather Cohen is Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency. Heather started her radio career at New York’s legendary WOR 710 in New York before she programmed GreenStone Media. Today she serves as Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry’s most successful local and syndicated personalities. In 2013 Talkers Magazineawarded Heather with the prestigious “Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman,” and she’s been selected as one of Radio Ink Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Radio every year since 2014. In 2021, Heather was one of the first awardees of the “Sheros in Media” Award from the Multicultural Media and Correspondents Association. Heather serves on the Alliance for Women in Media and Foundation Board of Directors as the Immediate Past Chair, and has co-chaired the Gracie Awards since 2016. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, and is the President of the Executive Board of Hofstra University’s Alumni Organization.


About The Gracie Interview Series

While loved by millions, few knew the real Gracie Allen as she was always in character when in public. The Gracie Interview Series, presented by NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, serves to strip away the persona and share the grit and wisdom of today’s media professionals. The Alliance for Women in Media has interviewed women and men in media across every industry and job function who have blazed trails for those to come. 

If you have someone to suggest for a future Gracie Interview Series, we would love to hear from you. Please send ideas to info@allwomeninmedia.org.


Gracie Interview Series Archive

Past Gracie Interview Series Guests:

  • Deborah Parenti, President & Publisher, Radio Ink, RBR, and TVBR
  • Jess Morales Rocketto and Stephanie Valencia, Founders of the Latino Media Network
  • Beverly Chase, VP, Current Programming & Development and EP & Showrunner, VICE on Showtime
  • Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, CEO of A Wonder Media Group, LLC (AURN – American Urban Radio and SupeRadio)
  • Paula A. Kerger, President & CEO, PBS
  • Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairwoman of URBAN ONE, Inc.
  • Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks
  • Jessica Cordova Kramer, CEO, Lemonada Media
  • Marcia Cruz, VP Content Acquisition Latam, Vrio Corp.
  • Susan Larkin, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom
  • Jill Frederickson, Senior Vice President, Production & Content Strategy, ESPN
  • Dr. Susan R. Bailey, M.D., President of the American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Julie Moos, Executive Director, National Press Club Journalism Institute
  • Jason Bailey, President, Sun Broadcast Group and AWM Honorary Trustee
  • Vicki Lins, President & CEO, CTAM
  • Elaina Smith (Nights with Elaina Host)
  • Nicole Schuman & Seth Arenstein, PR News Editors
  • Annie Howell, Founder & Managing Partner, The Punch Point Group
  • Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One
  • Mike McVay, President, McVay Media
  • Elizabeth Smart, Author, Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation” and Children’s Advocate
  • Libby Geist, Vice President & Executive Vice President, EPSN Films and Original Content
  • Shayna Sharpe, CEO of Regional REps Corp.
  • Karen Brodkin, President of Business Affairs and IMG Worldwide
  • Lauren McHale, Vice President and Director of Sales, Katz Sports Marketing
  • Hannah Storm, Award-Winner Journalist, Producer & Director
  • Suzyn Waldman, First Full-Time Female Color Commentator in the Major Leagues
  • Mickey Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer at WideOrbit

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