2023 Onyx Woman Leadership Awards Honoree Dr. Karen Hall


Dr. Karen Hall is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is established in careers in education, athletics, communications, and leadership.

She earned her bachelor’s in communications from the University of Nevada Las Vegas while playing collegiate basketball for the Lady Rebels. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Administration.

Presently, Dr. Hall is an Assistant Executive Director for Ozanam, Inc., High School Athletic Director, ESPN3 Color Analyst, Assistant Professor, and NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conference Championship Consultant. She coached collegiate men’s and women’s basketball at several NCAA Division I institutions.

She is also a Published Author of Ten Tremendous Leadership Lessons: A Guide to Leadership Learning.

She is a Regional and national speaker focusing on three topics:

*Team and Leadership Development

*Sustaining High-Performance Championship Level in the Workplace

*Communications: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say…Time Is Ticking!

Dr. Hall organized City of Pittsburgh Celebrates Title IX @ 50. Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey declared Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2023, Dr. Karen Hall Day in the City of Pittsburgh for her excellent work.

She is the first woman to coach at the prestigious “Five Star” Boys Basketball Camp and the first woman to play, coach, and win back-to-back championships in the infamous “Connie Hawkins Men’s Summer Basketball League.” USA Today covered her story of winning the men’s basketball championships.

Dr. Hall is in six basketball Halls of Fame, including the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League or WPIAL.

Memberships: Women Leaders in College Sports

 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

This year, our focus is on leadership and self-care. We would like for you to tell our readers how you incorporate self-care into your busy life.


My guiding philosophy of self-care is the belief that my life is written from Heaven; leadership is influencing and inspiring. Effective leader begins with themselves. As CEO of my life, I incorporate several self-care strategies, starting with unapologetically communicating a powerful two-letter word, no; maintaining an exercise regimen; exuding an enthusiastic, positive mental attitude; controlling the controllables; unplugging from electronics; and keeping faith in all aspects.

When incorporating self-care strategies, I keep it simple and don’t find it necessary to financially go overboard.

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Self-care allows me to stay aligned, confident, and free-flowing mentally.

To register go to: https://onyxwoman.com/2023-onyx-woman-leadership-awards-registration/

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