I believe in BIG ideas, knowing yourself, questioning "the way it is", mentoring, social justice, globetrotting, dark chocolate with nuts & sea salt, sarcasm, and Prince.

 

I create media and lead conversations that educate, entertain and empower.

I'm the Founder + Curator of Know This! TV, and Founder of production company Dream Variations, Inc.

I'm also the Creator, Producer & Host of Know This! with Ariana

 

 
 

 

Ariana Proehl is a creative entrepreneur, producer, writer, and host.

She is the founder and curator of Know This! TV online network, and creator, producer and host of web talk show, Know This! with Ariana. Named one of the Women’s Media Center’s “Progressive Women’s Voices” of 2011, her wit, raw honesty and passion for empowering others make her a fierce voice of this generation.

Prior to her work in media, Ariana was a successful leader and consultant in non-profit and public affairs. She is a former Executive Director of youth development and diversity education organization DiversityWorks, a role she took on at 22. Her leadership garnered recognition by the East Bay Business Times as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” in 2006 and by the Center for Young Women’s Development with their Cheyenne Bell Leadership Award the same year.

A graduate of UC Berkeley and NYU, Ariana co-directed and curated Berkeley's Women of Color Film Festival from 2001 to 2005. In 2011, Ariana founded Dream Variations, Inc., a production company specializing in digital and documentary content that educates, entertains and empowers. In the Fall of 2011, Ariana toured 14 cities in the U.S. with Know This!, interviewing next generation voices doing work with passion and purpose to help popularize more positive, diverse images that often get overshadowed in mainstream media.

Ariana has spoken to audiences across the country, and interviewed such figures as Soledad O’Brien, Cornel West, actress/activist Rosario Dawson, actress & producer Issa Rae, and Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding. She is based in Los Angeles, by way of the Bay Area and New York.

 

 

Know This! with Ariana

Know This! with Ariana is an online talk show featuring inspiring interviews and pop culture commentary. For more episodes, visit the Know This! TV YouTube Channel.


Know This! TV

Know This! TV is an online network of curated & original inspiration information to "Know Yourself + Know Your World".


Anatomy of a Dream 

Anatomy of a Dream is a conversation series that explores the interesting personal and political complexities of dream fulfillment. Inspired by the question famously asked by Langston Hughes in one of his poems: "What happens to a dream deferred?", Ariana talks to thought leaders from various backgrounds and industries in one-on-one interviews and panels to explore that question and more.

Anatomy of a Dream Panel in NYC featuring poet Aja Monet, writer Mychal Denzel Smith + entrepreneur Beth Meah.

Anatomy of a Dream Panel in NYC featuring poet Aja Monet, writer Mychal Denzel Smith + entrepreneur Beth Meah.


Know This! LIVE

Know This! LIVE is a live talk show event featuring engaging hot topics conversation, interviews, and music entertainment.

The first event, co-produced with LivelyHood, and filmed by Ant Marshall, Hot Rod Group & 99 Ways Entertainment.

The first event, co-produced with LivelyHood, and filmed by Ant Marshall, Hot Rod Group & 99 Ways Entertainment.

Interview with actor Yaya DaCosta 

Interview with actor Yaya DaCosta 

Say What?! hot topics segment with YouTube Personality Franchesca Ramsey & Journalist Hillary Crosley

Say What?! hot topics segment with YouTube Personality Franchesca Ramsey & Journalist Hillary Crosley

Grammy-nominated musician Muhsinah performing Know This! LIVE Event Photos by NikWes Creative

Grammy-nominated musician Muhsinah performing

Know This! LIVE Event Photos by NikWes Creative