Women to Watch

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...
The program is dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Allegheny County! 1.     What motivated you to start your program? The vision for VEEEM was born in May 2017, after my experiences volunteering for the Primary mayoral campaign of my pastor Rev. Dr. John C. Welch. While volunteering the weekend before the Primary Election,...
Local DJ Exits “The Beat”   Pittsburgh radio personality leaves radio career to work on YouTube Show and Other Projects.   On October 23, 2020, veteran radio personality, Ki Ki Brown, better known as the "Pretty Kitty On Ya Radio" will no longer be the host of the afternoon show on 107.3 The...
Known for her unique ability to build powerful coalitions that bring diverse people together for the common good, Melanie L. Campbell, President, and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has fought for civil, youth and women’s...
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Solutionist and Race & Gender Empowerment Expert. She's the author of the award-winning book, How Exceptional Black Women Lead and Founder & CEO of the Exceptional Leadership Institute, a global personal and professional development firm that’s grounded in the notion that the...
Eliminate the word obstacles and instead use the word mountains. Keep your "WHY" in front of you. Pray for understanding and guidance. You may need to be still and evaluate the situation. You may need a consultant for additional knowledge in the field so you can put corrective actions in place. Understand that mountains are for your personal development and essential for your success in your life journey.
This profession helped me realize my desire to help women succeed in life. For that reason, I have decided to begin the process of launching a non-profit that focuses on empowering women to reach their goals.
My current job connects my passion for the arts with my interests in education and working with young people.
’ve been blessed with the honor and opportunity to have strong women guiding me through my journey in life. These women, who I consider my board of directors (particularly my mother, who is currently 90 years old), have laid the foundation by instilling in me the confidence and spirit of perseverance needed to stay focused on the goal(s) I’ve set for myself and not being distracted by the naysayers.
Being selected to receive the Onyx Woman Leadership Award means the world to me because of the organizations’ strong legacy of support and empowerment for women of color by Visionary, Ola Jackson.
You are needed. Diversity in law enforcement is necessary. Women are skilled communicators, which is a valued skill set in law enforcement. Women are less likely to use excessive force and are better at defusing violent encounters, thus lowering the percentage of deadly force encounters.