Audrey Murrell named Onyx Woman of the Year

Audrey Murrell, a professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs at Pitt, has been named the 2021 Onyx Woman Leadership Awards Woman of the Year.

The Pittsburgh-based OWN: Onyx Woman Network was created by Ola Jackson in 1991 as a career, entrepreneurial and financial platform for women of color. Later, the network expanded into television by producing shows featuring women who shared their experiences and advice about issues that impacted your quality of life.

The leadership awards, which were presented on July 11, are for women who empower other women and are from the state of Pennsylvania.

Murrell, when asked by Onyx about what role other women played have in her success, said: Women are powerful allies as they understand how to balance the mind and the heart in helping others striving toward mutual success. Women are strong collaborators who pour into others and then celebrate their success. Some of my most invaluable and impactful mentors throughout my career have been women. 

Murrell also has served as acting dean of the Honors College, associate dean of the College of Business Administration and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership during her 34 years at Pitt.