Becoming!

This is a documentation of the journey to becoming. The steps to take to get out of a rut. Establishing goals to make changes and grow into what you desire to be. Everyday women giving advice, tips and direction to move you forward.

MISSION: Promoting self-care and self-sufficiency by connecting women to information and resources that can impact their quality of life. For 33 years, The Onyx Woman’s Network has solidified its position as an advocate for African American women, providing a platform through our magazine, events, and online presence. We integrate lifestyle trends...
By Kim EL Several years ago I realized that the onset of my low self- esteem was rooted in my environmental upbringing as a young child. It was the early 60’s and I grew up in a family full of love in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. I lived in a house...
Yes, at my age! Achieving a Degree of Doctor of Education in Leadership and Administration from Point Park University is one of the most significant accomplishments in my life. The journey took grit, resilience, commitment, and discipline, and there are no regrets. The experience was certainly challenging yet fulfilling...
National Council of Negro Women
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is an “organization of organizations” comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 33 national women’s organizations. The organization enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and...
Dr. Deborah Phillps
Deborah Phillips, Ph.D., embarked on her professional journey in the nonprofit sector, assuming several roles, including that of an Executive Director. Additionally, she dedicated over 14 years to the health insurance industry, serving as a Marketing Representative and a Community Relations Specialist. Throughout this tenure, Dr. Phillips conceptualized diverse educational curricula...
 The One Percent has everything you do not. A fancy house in a posh place. Designer clothing, fast cars. Friends in high places who know how to get things done. And money, they have lots of that. The One Percent has it all and more—and as you'll see in...
Crystal Rhae McCormick is the Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President of DEI at Duquesne University, her alma mater for all of her academic degrees. She is the first African American woman to serve on the Cabinet at Duquesne University. Some of her duties include:...
Mikey Hood is a co-host on KDKA’s Talk Pittsburgh. She started her career at Kdka-CBS on the lifestyle morning show Pittsburgh Today Live.  She grew up in the East End of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice. Mikey got her start in local daytime TV through a web show she...
Robyn Greer, Founder of Bloom Hair, Skin and Body, is a Hair Artist & Entrepreneur who has been in the industry for more than 25 years. She launched “Bloom All Natural and Organic Hair & Skin Care Products.” The Bloom Brand was created by Greer in 2017 and has...
By Jarene Barnes As the holidays approach, most people enjoy the holiday season's spirit.  However, there are many caregivers who will be happy when the holidays are over.  Caregiving creates a level of stress that is beyond the imagination.  Caregivers are absorbed with loved one’s pain, fears, and depression ...including...
Jackie Hale Body Builder
 Jackie started training for bodybuilding in 2016 when she turned 40 and competed in her first show in 2018 at the age of 42. Having triumphed over her own struggles with nutrition, successfully shedding and maintaining a remarkable 100-pound weight loss, she intimately understands the journey many of her clients...

What about Me!

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I had a 12-hour day. You know, the type of day when you leave before the sun comes out and don’t return until well after sunset? I left my work life and personal responsibilities to serve the community and fulfill my commitment to giving back. The end of the day left...
Our honorees are women who contribute to uplifting other women in some compacity. Leave a brief description of why your nominee should be selected.
Shawna Solomon is a business magician with the expertise, skills, and experience needed to break these shackles and help small businesses progress toward a consistent path of productive growth. Previously working as a celebrity fashion stylist, she conceived and launched her boutique, which has garnered some notable corporate awards...