Women to Watch

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...
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...
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...
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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...
Three women who are passionate about community service have announced the formation of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter. Crystal McCormick, Bridgette N. Cofield, and Dr. Monica D. Lamar recognized the need for a TLOD chapter in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities and took the...

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Robin Tucker Blankets the Area with Comfort and Careers   A National Women's Small Business Success Story Tucking her mother into bed each night quickly blanketed her into a successful small business for Robin Tucker. Tucked With Care provides around-the-clock, non-medical services, employing hundreds while delivering much-needed home-based assistance to seniors throughout...
What was the bravest thing you have ever done that got you where you are today? Hmmm…I have done a lot of brave things in my life. One day, I traveled to New York City by myself to audition for a radio gig (Radio103.9) to do a 6-hour show...
The Pittsburgh-Mon Valley Black Women Roundtable will be hosting a series of workshops on the status of Black women in the Pittsburgh-Mon Valley area.  On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood (7220 Bennett Street), a press conference was held to introduce the...
Danielle M. Smith has worked in media for over a decade as an award-winning journalist, gospel radio personality, and audio journalist with POWER 1360 WGBN and Sheridan Broadcasting Network.   Ms. Smith currently is the host and creator of the weekly POWER 1360 WGBN on-air show, “Good News with Danielle Smith” which spotlights...
Janie Payne is a senior human resources and administrative professional with over twenty years’ experience. She has worked in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Early in her career, while working for Bell Atlantic/Verizon Communications, she learned the significance of involving people in the decision-making process about the work they...