This year’s New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence mistress of ceremonies will be Doris Carson Williams, a former 50 Women of Excellence recipient and someone who is no stranger to serving one’s community and making a lasting impact, both in and out of the office, for generations to come.


Williams, as President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania, leads the second-largest minority chamber in the country and is dedicated to upholding the organization’s mission to provide African-American business owners and professionals with access and business opportunities not only in the region, but beyond. This is a position she has fulfilled since 1999, when the office was established, after being named the director in 1998.

Under Williams’ leadership the chamber has led delegations abroad and has been recognized with the Best in Business Award in the class of commerce by the Small Business Commerce Association.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Williams was the director of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Office of Business Entrepreneurship and served for more than 10 years as a panelist on the African American community discussion based program “Eddie’s Digest.” But it was in 2009 that she served as co-chair for the G-20 Summit, which was held in Pittsburgh by President Barack Obama.

Along with her work with the chamber, Williams also serves on various boards, such as Highmark Inc., the International Women’s Forum, Leadership Pittsburgh, the Women’s Executive Council and she is a life member of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation. She has also served on the Urban League of Pittsburgh Board of Directors and is an active member of the Bethel AME Church Steward Board.

Along with being named one of 2008’s New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Women of Excellence, she has also received the Susan B. Anthony Women of Vision Award, the YWCA’s Women in Business and Industry and the Community Leader of the Year award by the Junior Achievement.

Williams has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Hartford and is a graduate of the Fairfield University’s Center for Financial Studies in Banking and Financial Management and the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School’s Management Program for Executives.

When Williams is not busy conquering the world, she said she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, James, and son, James III. But along with her family, she also has a passion for needlepoint.

Williams said she is honored serve as mistress of ceremonies and that this year’s honorees are a list of men who have accomplished many successes and are still rising. As a past Women of Excellence honoree, she said the only advice she has is, to continue to aspire to new heights to help us to grow our region. Reservations are $75 and may be made by contacting Save the Date Creative Services at either or 412-781-3486.


LOUIS T. ALEXANDER – Principal – Byars & Alexander Financial Group

LARRY D. ANDERSON, Sr. – Retired Basketball Coach & Volunteer at Soldiers & Sailors Hall & Museum

DAVID J. ATKINS – Director, Digital Marketing – Visit Pittsburgh

KEVIN BOLDING – Urban District Vice President, Membership – YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

TYRONE BROOKS – Director, Baseball Operations – Pittsburgh Pirates

ARCHIE L. BROWN – Staff Accountant – Urban Lending Solutions

COACH WILLIAM BROWN – Head Men’s Basketball Coach – California University of PA

TONY BYERS, PH.D. – Leader, Global Diversity & Inclusion – H.J. Heinz Company

WILLIAM M. CARTER, JR. – Dean, School of Law – University of Pittsburgh

JONAS CHANEY – Public Affairs Director – WPXI-TV and Owner – JjC Productions

CHARLES COOK – Personal Trainer

FREDERICK B. CRAWFORD – President – Highland Park Tennis Club

WAVERLY DUCK – Professor of Sociology – University of Pittsburgh

ERVIN DYER – Senior Editor, Pitt Magazine – University of Pittsburgh

ERIC EWELL – Parent Coordinator – Hill District Education Council

BISHOP JOSEPH L. GARLINGTON, SR., PH.D. – Senior Pastor – Covenant Church of Pittsburgh

JUAN GARRETT – Deputy Director – Riverside Center for Innovation

PASTOR GREGORY GREENE – Supervisor – Allegheny County Juvenile Courts; and Pastor -ZION C.O.G.I.C.

STEVEN GRIFFIN – Vice President – FedExGround

STANLEY HOLBROOK – President – Three Rivers Center for Independent Living

CDR. ERIC HOLMES – Head of the Hill District Station – Pittsburgh Police

RODNEY K. HOPSON, Ph.D. – Hillman Distinguished Professor – School of Education’s Department of Foundations and Leadership – Duquesne University

ELLIOT HOWSIE, ESQ. – Chief Public Defender – Allegheny County Public Defenders

CALVIN L. JACKSON, JR. – Councilman, Borough of Coraopolis

BRANDON R. JENNINGS – Graphic Design Teacher – Pittsburgh Technical Institute

VINCENT O. JOHNSON – Contractor – Belcan Technical Services

CHIEF CHARLES R. JONES, JR. – Chief of Police – Beaver Falls

FREDRICK O. KENDRICK, PH.D. – International Director of Human Resources – K & L

JOHN R. LAYMON, JR. – President/Owner – JRL Enterprises, Inc.

REV. DR. LAMAR D. LEE, JR. – Pastor/Teacher/Principal – Saint Mark A.M.E. Zion Church

BRACE S. LOWE – Sr. Executive Vice President – A Second Chance, Inc.

FREDERICK A. MASSEY, JR. – Chief Executive Officer – Familylinks

DARREN MCCORMICK – Transition Manager – City Charter High School

JESSE JAMES MCLEAN, JR. – Executive Director – Every Child, Inc.

LINWOOD MITCHELL – Vice President & Market Manager – PNC Bank

LARRY C. PICKETT – Senior Project Manager, Emerging Alliances and Shared Business Services – Highmark, Inc.

CHARLES M. POWELL , SR. – Director of Diversity and Community Affairs – URA of Pittsburgh

JULIUS LEE REDD – Retired – Pittsburgh Elementary School Administrator

FREDERICK REDMOND – International VP of Human Affairs – USW

LARRY S. SMEDLEY – Technical Specialist – BayerMaterialScience LLC

HARVEY JAMES SMITH, JR. – Athletic Director & Head Football Coach – Imani Christian Academy

KERRY A. STITH – Sr. Vice President & Operations Director, Account Servicing – PNC’s Consumer Loan Services Group

WILL THOMPKINS – Director of Community Outreach – The Pittsburgh Project

ROBERT L. THOMPSON, MD – Physician – University of Pittsburgh Physicians

MORRIS E. TURNER, MD – Physician – University of Pittsburgh Physicians

EUSTACE UKU – President and Chief Executive Officer – Exico

CHRISTOPHAS WALKER – Professor of Public Health & Social Work – University of Pittsburgh


RICARDO J. WILLIAMS – Executive Director – Homewood-Brushton YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

DAVID A. YOUNG- Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – CCAC

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