Star SimmonsStar Simmons has more than 25 years of experience as a business leader. Her professional career began in 1988 when she was hired to work in the accounting department by Precision Payroll, a publicly held payroll processing company in Los Angeles. With a strong work effort and will to succeed, in just two years she was promoted to Assistant Controller, performing month-end closings and assisting with quarterly SEC reporting and filing. It was during this period when she began demonstrating unique talent in sales and marketing.

With a passion for sustainability and social responsibility, she began to connect dots between business success and CSR. This compelled her to explore a new specialty in guiding corporate clients to incorporate “People-Planet-Profit” principles in order to increase their overall ROI. She later found an untapped niche in business providing value-based connections for companies with strong CSR objectives. Her dedicated passion for helping people was her prime motivation in launching Threads of Connection, a value-based business leads generation and business growth firm. As principal of Threads of Connection since 2010, she became well known for creating valued-minded business packages, working hand-in-hand with her clients to increase their awareness and bring all aspects of their business into sustainable balance.

In 2011, Simmons partnered with Editor/Producer Snowden Bishop, principle of BEAM Global Media, in order to add media and editorial services to her already unique client offerings. As a partner in BEAM Global, she continues to provide extraordinary lead generation, strategic planning and brand positioning for a diverse client base in the fields of renewable energy, higher education and healthcare. Most recently she helped to develop a new online health and wellness startup with Domaine Healthcare, an East Coast company that specializes in nutritional supplements. Together with her partners at BEAM Global Media, they created and launched Domaine’s brand, NutreaLife. A passion for helping people access affordable healthcare alternatives in the new era of health technology lead to the launch of BEAM’s flagship brand, Healthtera, in 2015. With immense compassion for animals and a burning desire to inspire humane living through veganism, Simmons is leading BEAM’s launch of Namastera, an online media outlet that promotes vegan lifestyle and community engagement around humane treatment of all living creatures.

Other highlights of her career include creating large-scale collaborative initiatives with broad impact. For several years she lead the national sales team of Governet and helped to develop its flagship brand, Curricunet, an international curricular database platform for higher education institutions. In 2012, she brought Arizona State University together with a major international solar provider to build the first-of-its-kind hybrid solar/biogas/natural gas power plant on ASU’s Tempe campus. The plant serves as a demonstration model of this new technology and a research platform for students and faculty ASU’s School of Sustainability. Providing power 24/7 that also feeds into the grid, the plant provides 200 KWh annually.

She has successfully produced numerous conferences, festivals and events, many of which are themed on sustainability at prestigious venues such as The Heard Museum and U.S. Airways Center. She excels at creating valued-minded business packages by combining lead generation and marketing strategy with community outreach and social responsibility initiatives. Her extensive networking experience gives her the ability to identify strategic alliances for companies and use her social equity in the community to bring companies together in a collaborative manner.

In her free time, Simmons volunteers in animal rescue, fostering and husbandry and supports local animal shelters with pro-bono services. Simmons has also served as a board member for the Sedona Jazz Festival and Friends of Africa International, a nonprofit that is building a medical network for remote, underserved regions in eastern Africa. She currently lives in Phoenix with her rescued cats.