2024 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree Keysha Gomez

Keysha Gomez

Born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Miami, FL, Keysha Gomez embodies the values instilled by her vibrant cultural background. As a first-generation American, she developed a deep love for family, a commitment to community care, and a profound respect for hard work.

Keysha’s journey in the performing arts began at the age of two and continued through college, earning her accolades such as the Silver Knight Award and Most Likely to Succeed Award in (Fine Arts). Recognized for her outstanding community service, she garnered special recognition and scholarships before beginning her post-secondary education at Bethany College.

Her rich history of volunteerism and dedication to creating self-sustaining communities sets Keysha apart. With a background in project and branch management and operations oversight, she has held progressive roles with a large national chain. Collaborating with non-profit organizations, board members, parents, and local businesses, Keysha has played a vital role in starting and building organizations in Miami, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh, including her current board position with Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens (YBMKQ).

Upon relocating to Pittsburgh in 2010, Keysha co-founded H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization focused on empowering youth and families with skills for the global economy. Her contributions earned her several awards, including recognition from the Kiwanis Club, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40, CORO Pittsburgh, and the United Way’s Be There Award.

In 2020, amidst challenging circumstances worldwide, Keysha co-founded Kulture Dance Academy, offering top-notch dance training focusing on minority dancers and fostering a supportive community that understands and celebrates their culture.

Keysha’s commitment to service and leadership has not gone unnoticed. She has been recognized with various honors, including a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for ‘Keysha Gomez Day’ and ‘H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow’s Day.’ In 2023, she was nominated for the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) prestigious Ladies Who Lead awards.

Married to John Paul Gomez, Keysha finds her deepest inspirations and motivations within her family. As a devoted mother to K’aijha, Malachi, Micah, and Jeremiah, they serve as the driving force behind her unwavering commitment to her work. Keysha continues to lead by example, inspiring others through her dedication to community, education, and the arts.


Because this event takes place on the weekend of Mother’s Day, we asked our honorees how their mothers impacted their success.

My mother’s journey is the epitome of grit and triumph and has taught me all that I know about being successful. From teenage motherhood to PhD pursuits, she defied expectations. Rising from a high school dropout to an adjunct Professor, she carved her own path. Overcoming childhood trauma, she emerged as a sanctuary for others as a Mental Health Therapist. When asked how I define success, I simply say, “My Mom.” Every morning, I strive to honor her legacy, grateful she sees her efforts weren’t wasted. Through her, I’ve learned that success is about confronting fears head-on. It’s about persevering even in the face of failure or setbacks, choosing to push forward despite the challenges.

“And there’s no way I can pay you back, But my plan is to show you that I understand; you are appreciated” – Quote from Tupac’s, Dear Mama.

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