Janie Mines '80

Janie L. Mines entered and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, as the only African American female in the first class of women. She was later selected to participate in the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program, where she earned an MBA from MIT.

During her rewarding military career, she served as a Supply Corps Officer holding several positions including a tour at the Naval Training Center, the Pentagon and aboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39). She was among the first generation of women officers to serve on ships.

Janie held management and executive positions in P&G, Frito-Lay, Hershey, and Bank of America. She served as the Sr. Advisor, Business Process, Senior Executive Service (HQE-SES) in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She formerly as a member of the SECDEF’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She founded and led a non-profit organization, Boyz to Men Club, Inc. for over 10 years.

Janie currently manages her own businesses as an author / publisher and as an executive management consultant focusing on Strategic Planning, Project & Change Management, Quality and Productivity, & Business Transformation. She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a PMP & Prosci certified Change Manager. She has provided services across 15 industries.

Janie has been awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service the United States Congressional Record Proclamation for Service and the National Women of Color in Business Award Winner. Additionally, she was honored as an Olympic Torch bearer, the Civic Volunteer of the Year, a winner of the 9 Who Care Award for the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, and a South Carolina Black History Honoree.

Janie currently serves on the board of Academy Securities, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Rotary Club International, the Board of Directors of the Founders Federal Credit Union, and the Board of the Springs Close Foundation
Janie is president of Custom Messages Inc & Common Cents Business Services Inc. She is the author of No Coincidences - Reflections of the First Black Female Graduate of the United States Naval Academy.