Janie L. Mines entered Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy, as the only African American female in the first class of women. She graduated in 1980 after serving in several leadership positions in the Brigade of Midshipmen. She was later selected to participate in the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program, where she earned an MBA from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Business Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During her rewarding military career she served as a Supply Corps Officer holding several supply chain positions including a tour at the Navy Annex to the Pentagon and aboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39). She was among the first generation of women officers to serve on ships.
Ms. Mines held management positions of increasing responsibility in several corporations responsible for implementing large-scale change. Her final corporate position was as a the Sr. Vice President of Strategic Sourcing.
Ms. Mines served as the Sr. Advisor, Business Process, Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy facilitating Flag Officers and Senior Executive Service leadership in the implementation of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and the resulting transformational programs across the Department of the Navy. She later served as the Contractor Chief of Staff for the DoD STEM Development Office.
Ms. Mines currently manages her own business as an executive consultant focusing on Strategic Planning, Change Management, Quality and Productivity, Integrated Business Transformation, and Project Management. She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Project Management Professional, an AMA certified Strategic Planner, and Prosci certified Change Manager. She is also a motivational speaker and author.
Ms. Mines is a National Women of Color in Business Award Winner. She founded a non-profit organization, Boyz to Men Club, Inc, after observing the needs of adolescent boys in the community. She was honored for her accomplishments by being selected as an Olympic Torchbearer, 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. Ms. Mines has 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.