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