2023 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree Stephanie K. Simmons

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Stephanie Simmons is the CyberSecurity Consulting Manager for Accenture, a Technology Consulting Company

Upon graduating from Weir Senior High School, she enrolled in the ICM School of Business, where she received an Associate Degree in Specialized Business. Some years later, she returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University. She is currently pursuing a Cybersecurity Certificate from the Community College of Allegheny County.

Stephanie was employed by Giant Eagle, Inc. for many years. She began her career there as a programmer and progressed to the position of Project Director in their Technology Department. She received many team achievements and awards because of the high standard of work she performed there. Her most significant accomplishment was being the recipient of the company’s highest award, The President’s Award, for her project management and cost-saving efforts.

She then joined BNY Mellon as a project consultant on their IT Transformation Program and later joined the firm full-time as a Vice President and Program Manager in their technology department. In recognition of her performance as part of the company’s major risk initiative, she received the Risk & Compliance Circle of Excellence Award.

After leaving BNY Mellon, she joined Revolutionary Security, where she became the Program Manager for its Enterprise Transformation Services Practice. Currently, she is a Cybersecurity Consulting Project Portfolio Manager for Accenture.

When she is not mentoring youth or volunteering, Stephanie is active in one of the following hobbies of CrossFit training, weightlifting, crocheting, traveling, reading, golfing, shopping, and event planning.

In addition to being the youngest sibling of a large family, she is the wife of retired City of Pittsburgh Chief Magistrate William T. “Jack” Simmons, a godmother of 12, an aunt to more than 30 nieces and nephews, a stepmother to two sons, Darryl & Marc, and a grandmother of three, Alexandra, Spencer, and Gabrielle.

This year our focus is on leadership and self-care. We would like for you to tell our readers how you incorporate self-care into your busy life.

As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I have often found myself sacrificing my needs to make sure everyone else is OK. As I enter 2023, which is the year that I will turn 60, self-care (refilling my cup) has become even more important.

Physically: I work out with a trainer three to four times a week and walk the mall with my husband at least four times/a week, all before starting my workday. In addition to the regular glam of hair & nails, I’ve incorporated professional massages & facials as part of my self-care routine for the detox benefits and recovery after working out with my trainer.

Mentally: I take a break from being the professional, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, caregiver, etc., and spend time once a week playing Spades with my girlfriends. We set time aside to let our hair down and let go of all the stress and demands of our daily lives, if only for a few hours.

Spiritually: Outside of attending church and prayer, I belong to a small online women’s Bible study, which gives me that extra spiritual boost I need.

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