Onyx Woman Leadership Award

What role has the support of other women played in your success?  During my first year of Law school, I met two women who would be crucial to my success: Quita Bridges and Maureen Lally-Green. Quita was like a big sister to me and taught me how to be a...
What role has the support of other women played in your success?From my mother who has now passed away to the many women who have come in and out of my life, I always reflect on the Ubuntu principle “I am because we are”. What does the phrase: "Sis, I...
Join us as we celebrate women of excellence on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Old Connelly Trade School).  Registration is closed...SOLD OUT! Honorees should contact me for details. For questions, reach out to us at: Events@onyxwoman.com. Over the past 31 years, Onyx Woman has...
The Honorable Tiffany Sizemore is one of 3 women who will be honored with the Women of the Year Award. Are you where you thought you would be, and how did you get there? I am not where I thought I would be, but I know now that I’m exactly where...
Grace Robinson, Retired Entrepreneur Grace Robinson Insurance Agency Inc. What role has the support of other women played in your success? Women like my mother, sisters, family, and close networking friends played a very supportive role. My mother’s love and wisdom gave me strength and guidance to continue to move forward when...
What role has the support of other women played in your success? I founded SisterFriend, Inc in 2015, to provide a supportive service to women. In return, we have been supported by hundreds of women locally, domestically, and internationally with donations of time and resources. Because of this support, we...
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...
Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Author, and Mentor Organization: A Hair Boutique Shadyside and Entrepreneurs Forever 1. What role has the support of other women played in your success? The support of other women has played a critical role in everything successful in my life. I grew up in a community where female kinship...
Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew. Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny Health Network. 1.      What role has the support of other women played in your success? Many women, living and deceased, are role models within my wellness circle and are responsible for who I am today. I reflect on...
Name: Christy H. Porter Title: Founder & CEO Company: Jasmine Nyree Campus Industry: Social Work & Education What role has the support of other women played in your success? I recently read, “A woman alone has power; collectively, we have impact.” It’s important that we work to reverse the stereotype that women don’t support...
Name: Lisa J. PerryTitle: Executive DirectorCompany: Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)Industry: Nonprofit What role has the support of other women played in your success?While some may have us believe that women, especially Black women, can’t be there for each other, the truth is that for me, my anchors have and...
Name: Fonda S. Dusé Title: Director of Equity and Inclusion Company: Port Authority of Allegheny County Industry:  Transportation 1.     What role has the support of other women played in your success? Many women have been beacons of light to show me how to navigate in new and different environments. The women in...
Name: Indea Herndon Title: Senior Engagement and Inclusion Consultant Company: UPMC Industry: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Healthcare What role has the support of other women played in your success? There is no way that I would be where I am today without the support of the strong, motivational, and intelligent women in my life. I...
Maria A. LaVelle Chief Executive Officer Pheple Federal Credit Union Are you where you thought you would be, and how did you get here? As a high school graduate, my goal was to pursue my dream as a fashion designer. However, I soon realized that motherhood and retail hours were no longer compatible,...