Carmen Harlan to emcee Ilitch School’s signature Recognition and Awards Program

Detroit native and television news legend Carmen Harlan will serve as emcee for the 41st annual Mike Ilitch School of Business Recognition and Awards Program, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Harlan, who delivered the news on WDIV Local 4 for nearly four decades and became synonymous with major events like America’s Thanksgiving Parade, will help the Ilitch School present its 2020 and 2021 signature awards.

2020 Honorees

  • Ron Staley, Michigan Executive of the Year
  • Barbara J. Pilarski (’85), Distinguished Alumna
  • Ian Larkin (’13, JD ’17), Emerging Leader

2021 Honorees

  • Cynthia Pasky, Michigan Executive of the Year
  • Marlowe Stoudamire (’03), Posthumous Distinguished Alumnus
  • Amanda Elias (’15), Emerging Leader

The honorees will be celebrated at an invite-only event on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Roostertail. In addition to the awardees listed above, recipients of the Ilitch School’s Inspirational Teacher Award and Outstanding Student Award also will be honored at the event.

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