Photos from the 25th Anniversary Celebration for OWN Onyx Woman Network

janisthomaward25On September 17, 2016, some of Pittsburgh’s top women of color in business, corporate, nonprofit, politics and community service came together to be honored for their contributions to other women.

Onyx Woman magazine celebrated 25 years in business by acknowledging these women of excellence. Founder Ola Jackson says for 25 years the magazine has been a voice and given a voice to women; and she wanted to select other women who have done the same.

The dynamic women who were selected were referred to as “Pittsburgh’s Top 25,” Ola says, ‘I based my selection on my admiration for their passion to live their purpose and their mission is to be a light that shines brightly enough to lead other people out of darkness, whether career-wise, politically, economically, through wellness, or community advocacy.”oj83

The honorees were treated to an evening of elegance at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside. Each woman received an award depicting her photo in a cover magazine-style design. They were all treated to sparkling gift boxes of cosmetics and beauty products from companies around the country. The evening capped off by honoring Janis Burley-Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the 2016 Woman of the Year.

The sold-out event gathered family, friends and business colleagues together to join in to acknowledge a diverse group of women from various backgrounds. Whether the honorees were advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence, fighting for social justice, advocating on behalf of businesses or helping women become first-time home owners, they all were reaching back to empower other women.

“It was exciting to see such unity and support between these women, “ said Ola Jackson who first started the magazine as an eight-page newsletter that eventually grow into a nationally distributed magazine.

 

Carol Neyland (Dollar Bank) and daughters Lindsey Neyland and Simone McMillion
Carol Neyland (Dollar Bank) and daughters Lindsey Neyland and Simone McMillion
Ola Jackson and Marcia Sturdivant President and CEO of NEED
Ola Jackson and Marcia Sturdivant President and CEO of NEED
Tracey Jennings
TiAnda Blount
TiAnda Blount
Simone Godson
Simone Godson
Orlana Darkins
Orlana Darkins
Roxanne Sewells
Roxanne Sewells

 

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Carmen Anderson, Heinz Foundation
Cameil Wiliams
Carmen Alexander for La’Tasha Mayes
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Kimberly Ellis
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Brenda Tate

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TiAnda Blount
TiAnda Blount
Simone Godson
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Roxanne Epperson
Roxanne Epperson
Rosemary Crawford
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Honoree Danielle Howard and family
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Debbie Hickman, Owner of Giant Eagle on Frankston
Debbie Hickman, Owner of Giant Eagle on Frankston
Honoree Tracey Jennings
Honoree Tracey Jennings

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Carol Neyland and husband Franklin D. McMillion
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