Janet Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from Mississippi College. This established a solid foundation for her later experience in sales and marketing. Early in her career
Janet Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from Mississippi College. This established a solid foundation for her later experience in sales and marketing. Early in her career she worked as the Marketing Planner for Coca Cola USA’s five state, southwest region. She also worked for Micro Computer Techniques in Nashville, Tennessee as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Janet believes that running a nonprofit is no different than running a business and her background in finance, sales and marketing has proven to be important in her work as the executive director. She also believes that no matter what kind of work you do; you are in the business of selling something. Janet has 32 years of experience in the nonprofit industry both professionally and as a volunteer. In 2004, she began working at HOPE Ministries as their Volunteer Coordinator and subsequently as HOPE’s Program Director and Operations and Social Enterprise Director. In 2006, HOPE began earnestly searching out Earned Income Ventures as a source of additional sustainable revenue. Janet’s business experience was crucial in the development and implementation of HOPE’s Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty six-hour professional development workshop. Since its implementation HOPE has trained over 3,000 professionals from over 350 organizations and corporations.
In 2015, under Janet’s leadership, HOPE launched The Way to Work Sustainable Workforce SOLUTIONS©, a program modeled after Cascade Engineering’s Welfare to Career program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This evidence-based program increased Cascade’s retention from 34% to 97%, saving the company millions in turnover expenses. The Way to Work serves the Greater Baton Rouge community and will hopefully expand to other parts of Louisiana, providing a strong workforce model for the state.
Janet’s passion for the impoverished and her desire to help people move forward began at an early age. She was born and raised in Japan as the daughter of missionaries. She credits her faith as a Christian as the motivating factor in her work.
Janet is a member and is on the music team of South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church. She is married and has four children and three grandchildren. She will be happy to show you pictures of her grandchildren any time.
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