RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup #15 with Janie Mines
Janie L. Mines (USNA ’80) was the first African-American woman to enter and graduate from the United States Naval Academy. She earned her Masters degree from MIT.
A native of Aiken, SC, Janie served as a Navy Supply Corps officer, a corporate executive, and a senior executive on both the staff of the Secretary of the Navy and an advisory committee member for the Secretary of Defense. She founded a nonprofit in Fort Mill, SC, serving the needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged adolescent boys.
Janie currently serves as an independent executive management consultant, and continues to mentor and encourage others. She shares her story of perseverance, and how her past experiences and indelible faith in God influenced her future successes, in her inspirational memoir, No Coincidences.
Ernest Hemingway famously defined courage as “grace under pressure”. Every person reading this can sympathize with at least some of Janie’s Naval Academy experience, where much of the “pressure” must have taken the form of the world’s largest Navy-issue microscope. It’s a lot to ask of a teenager, and I’m very interested to learn how she handled it with grace, and how those early lessons have carried her through life.
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