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RMU Professor Daria Crawley Named Business Woman of the Year 

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Daria Crawley, an assistant professor of management at Robert Morris University, has been named the 2009 Business Woman of the Year by OWN: The Onyx Woman Network.

The Onyx Woman Network is a communications company that targets women of color. It publishes Onyx Woman magazine, and it includes a television talk show. The company’s focus is on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, career advancement and wellness.

“I am honored to receive this award. This acknowledges my efforts to provide concrete links between the global marketplace and student learning. It also serves as a reminder that I must develop, encourage and maintain an environment where students are not only ready to learn but also find an intellectually stimulating atmosphere where they want to learn,” said Crawley.

The company honored Crawley and several other women of distinction, including RMU alumna Arlinda Moriarty, during its Becoming! conference on June 27.

Moriarty, who graduated in 2003 with a degree in social science, will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is president and CEO of Moriarty Consultants, a health care staffing and case management firm that helps people with disabilities live independent lives at home. She started the firm, which is based on the North Side, while she was still a student at RMU. She also runs several other businesses.

“I developed from my classes a business mind set. I learned how to be an entrepreneur from these classes,” said Moriarty. “It never would have happened had I not gone to Robert Morris.” 

Crawley gave the keynote address at Saturday’s event. She was chosen for the Business Woman of the Year Award because of her volunteerism in the local community as well as for her career in business education.

“Daria has a solid reputation for her tireless efforts to connect people with opportunities. The impact of her contributions will be felt by many people who will be attending the conference, including me,” said Ola Jackson, founder of The Onyx Woman Network and publisher of Onyx Woman magazine.

Jackson is a 1987 graduate of RMU and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

“Daria also is greatly admired for being a crucial influence to the students at RMU, as well as a role model for up-and-coming professionals. Her genuine and authentic nature makes her the leader that many of us strive to be,” said Jackson.

Crawley has been a faculty member at RMU since 2005. She has studied universities’ affirmative action behavior, cultural diversity and the development of public policy legislation in the European Union. Her current research examines the career experiences of ethnic minority expatriates, the impact of technology on student learning and issues centering on diversity and pedagogy.

Previously, Crawley worked in human resources at TransAmerica Corporation, in public policy development for the late Bernie Grant -- a member of the British Parliament -- and as the director of research at the Center for Organizational and Leadership Effectiveness.

In 1996, Crawley was awarded the Golden Key National Honor Society Teaching Award. She received the WQED Multimedia Duquesne Light African American Leadership Award in Education in 2006. She current serves as the chairwoman of the WQED community advisory board.