2019 Onyx Woman Award Honoree, Esther L. Bush, is a Woman Who Leads

Obstacles are an opportunity to develop new strategies to achieve your goals.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Janai Williams Smith, is Building a Family Legacy

FollowShare I am supported by a team of capable women, all from different professional and cultural backgrounds. As a minority-owned and soon to be woman-owned firm, it is important to me to promote the same diversity in my workplace and empower women into leadership roles. I have also had several mentors in my life who […]

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Shaunda McDill, is Living Her Dreams by Helping Others Pursue Theirs

The support of women has been invaluable in my life. From helping to keep me sane through the transparent sharing of our lived experiences to being nudged toward purpose, women have always been the bedrock. I grew up in a family of very strong women who “pulled no punches,” and I am indebted to them for teaching me to esteem, pursue, and proclaim my truth.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Honoree, LaJuana Fuller, is Making a Positive Difference in the Healthcare of Women

My success can be attributed to the prayers, the encouragement, the inspiration, the guidance, and the time that other women have graciously given me. I have taken that and with every opportunity give the same to other young women.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Karen Denton, Has Been Strengthened by the Obstacles that Inspired Her Transformation

I believe obstacles are designed for your growth and to strengthen your faith. Obstacles are not for you, it’s your testimony to share with someone to give them hope and to demonstrate that they have to persevere and trust God.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Debra Hickman, Has Climbed Mountains on Her Journey to Reach Her Goals

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.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Dr. Kathy Wilson Humphrey, is Determined to Make a Difference

You must decide that you are going to overcome this obstacle; every day is a fresh start. You must be determined that you will not be beaten, even when it looks like you are losing. In times of difficulties, believe that the sum total of your current status does not determine who or what you are going to be.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Honoree, Dr. Jacqueline D. Wilson, Answered the Call to Help Struggling Families

One of the bravest things I’ve done was returning to school to obtain my Ph.D. at the age of 51. Joining a cohort of individuals the same age as my children, plus being the only person of color in class, initially made me question my sanity for attempting this endeavor. Following my own advice, I pulled ‘I Can Do It’ strength from family and friends, and the memories of those who endured the struggle before me to persevere.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Dr. Judith C. Moore, is Dedicated to Saving Our Sisters

I get excited about helping others; specifically women and girls. I wanted to go down other paths, but serving others is my passion.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Stefani Smith, Strives to Help Women Reach Their Goals

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.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Tracy L. Edmunds, Connects Her Passion for the Arts with Her Love for Working with Young People

My current job connects my passion for the arts with my interests in education and working with young people.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree, Colleen McMullen, Credits Strong Women For Her Success

’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.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Honoree: Dr. Renee Galloway is a Sweet Inspiration

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.

2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree: Major Kristal Turner-Childs is A Woman of Service

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.