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Onward & Upward with Patricia Andrews-Keenan

One Such Determined Woman is Patricia Andrews-Keenan, Founder & CEO of Pigment, Intl. Thanks so much to Patricia for sitting virtually with Leslie as part of our Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal program, brought to you by Ashro.


What Does Onward & Upward Mean to You?

“It’s what we’ve done with Pigment. We figured out that this is our lane, this is what we can do and then we keep pushing the boundaries of how we do it. Our first year we started out, we got a few people to come out and listen to what we were talking about. And then we just kept pushing. We keep look for partners and we brought more people into the fold because I think you do better when you bring more people in.”

— Patricia Andrews-Keenan

Patricia Andrews-Keenan, founder and CEO of Pigment International, can be seen in the skies of Chicago as she continues to make history. OUTFRONT Media highlighted her for her outstanding work and commitment to leading our future generation of women. Running a Black female-led multimedia arts program that helps promote Black art, innovation, and curation, it’s safe to say that Andrews-Keenan isn’t stopping there.

Andrews-Keenan has served on several organizational boards and committees, including the board of directors of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and was a past national president of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Andrews-Keenan was a former board chair for the Quad County Urban League and has been appointed to the YMCA’s Black and Latino Achievers Steering Committee.

Andrews-Keenan has also received numerous awards for her community relations work, including a Silver Anvil and Gold Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America and several Beacon Awards from the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC). 

Andrews-Keenan is dedicated to telling the stories of Black artist and building a legacy about opening people up to new ideas about Black art and culture.


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Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books.

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