Onyx Woman Leadership Award

The 2024 Onyx Woman Leadership Awards reception recognizes exceptional leaders for supporting other women and their contributions to the community. Their inspiring and motivating contributions have inspired other women to excel. Over the past 33 years, under our founder, Ola Jackson, Onyx Woman has established itself as being a voice...
Duquesne University proudly congratulates Crystal McCormick Ware. The Onyx Woman's Network is happy to celebrate her achievements both in the workplace and in the community. Join us on Friday, May 10, 2024, as we celebrate Crystal for being a woman of influence. : https://www.duq.edu/social-impact/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/index.php
Judge Kim Berkeley Clark served as the President Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County) from 2019 through 2023.   She is the first African American to serve as President Judge in Allegheny County.  Judge Clark serves as a judge of the Family Division, where she primarily...
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...
Pastor Ella Rawlings is a remarkable woman who was born and raised in the vibrant Hill District of Pittsburgh, a place that would later serve as the foundation for her inspiring journey. With a deep commitment to education, a thriving family, and a pioneering spirit, Ella's life story is...
Simquita R. Bridges is employed with the Office of Attorney General and currently serves as the Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of the criminal division. She supervises attorneys who prosecute criminal matters related...
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...
Monica Lamar
Dr. Monica D. Lamar is the Assistant Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools system's eighteen K-5 and K-8 schools. She served as the Pittsburgh Dilworth Pre-K to 5th-grade principal for fifteen years and has been a principal in the system for twenty years, showcasing service for twenty-eight years. Dr....
Ms. Bartee is an administrative professional at Davis Consulting Solutions (DCS) with extensive expertise in government relations. Having served the Federal Government for 33 years, she has since retired and now offers her valuable skills to DCS. Ms. Bartee's career began in Customer Service, where she displayed exceptional dedication...
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:...
Dr. Latika D. Davis-Jones, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, currently serves as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), having been appointed to the position by Governor Josh Shapiro in January 2023. She has dedicated the past 30 years to addressing the physical and behavioral health...
Dr. Camille Clarke-Smith is a Program Director at UPMC Health Plan, where she leads the Medicare Faith and Wellness Program, intertwining health initiatives with spiritual and community engagement. Her personal venture, Camille Clarke LLC, offers an array of services, from personal training to health coaching, illustrating her multifaceted approach to...
FORBES magazine featured Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur, Mommy Influencer, Investor, and Motivational Speaker Ray Nell Jones as a beacon of inspiration. Honored as the 2020 ESSENCE Essential Hero, she has dedicated her life to helping thousands of single mothers, earning her the prestigious title of 2x Smart 50 in Business Awardee.  Ray, recognized by celebrities...