Monday, March 11, 2013
SC State University’s alumna, Janet A. Simmons, ‘87 was recently named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.Simmons was selected by a panelconsisting of business professionals and past winners from across the state of Maryland. Since 1996, “Maryland’s Daily Record,” a business, legal and government newspaper has recognized more than 1,000 high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring."
Simmons is a distinguished military, magna cum laude graduate of SC State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and reigned as Miss South Carolina State University (Miss SC State). She also has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. Her specialized training and skills in many facets of military intelligence has led to many honors, including the Presidential Service Badge and The Network Journal's designation as one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. During her career in the military, Simmons commanded more than 3,500 soldiers and Army civilians and was a senior intelligence officer for a White House drug official.
From June 2011 through July 2012, Simmons served as President of Global Resource Solutions, Inc. (GRS), where she joined the company as a program manager and was promoted to President in less than four years, during which time she contributed to the company’s unprecedented revenue growth. In July 2012, Simmons became President and CEO of Innovative Global Security Solutions (IGSS), an award winning, woman and service disabled veteran owned small business. IGSS is a systems integrator specializing in information and Security Systems Strategies and Governance, Information Management, Cyber Security/Information Assurance, Business Transformation, and Information Transport consulting services, solutions, and technologies for government agencies, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector.
Simmons stated, “I am humbled and grateful for this recognition. I have so many awesome people in my life, personally and professionally, who have made such an award possible. I am thankful for each of them. I enjoy what I do, but my greatest fulfillment is to make a difference in the lives of others.” This year’s winners will be honored on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the Meyerhof Symphony Hall located in Baltimore, Md.