Ilitch School names Strategic Staffing Solutions' Cindy Pasky as 2021 Michigan Executive of the Year


The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business has announced Cindy Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, as the 2021 recipient of its signature Michigan Executive of the Year Award.

Established in 1999, the Michigan Executive of the Year Award recognizes an individual in a senior leadership position at a business, government or nonprofit organization that is based in or has a substantial presence in the state of Michigan. The primary criteria for selection of this award are recent or ongoing actions by the honoree and/or his or her organization that are likely to reflect positively on the state of Michigan and the disciplines researched and taught within the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Pasky founded Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) in 1990 with four benchmarks that became the corporate pillars: set the bar high for what a corporation should do; create jobs; offer people an opportunity to succeed and change their station in life; and make community and charity work a core part of the company’s business.

Pasky leads by example and is actively involved in civic and community organizations globally. She serves as chair of the Detroit Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, the Michigan Workforce Development Board, co-chair of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board, and is a member of Business Leaders for Michigan Board of Directors. She is the Founding Chair of the American-Lithuanian Business Council and serves on the Investor Advisory Committee of the Government of Lithuania.

She serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Humane Society, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Wayne State University Foundation, and the Foreign Investment Advisory and Supervision Council in Lithuania. Additionally, she is past chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and still serves as a member emeritus.

Pasky has recently been named among the Top 100 Most Influential Lithuanian Women by Women At magazine and is an inaugural member of Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing Hall of Fame. She has been named among Staffing Industry Analysts’ Global Power 100 Women in Staffing every year since its inception; listed among the Most Powerful Woman in Business by DBusiness magazine; CEO of the Year by Automation Alley; one of 10 Most Intriguing People in Staffing by Staffing Industry Review; one of Detroit’s Most Powerful People by Crain’s Detroit Business, and one of the Top Women Entrepreneurs in North America by Women Impacting Public Policy.

She also has been inducted into Michigan’s Women’s Hall of Fame and the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, and has been named a Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News and Michigan Women of Achievement and Courage by the Michigan Women’s Foundation.

Under Pasky's leadership, S³ was named among the Top 25 woman-owned businesses in the nation by Women’s Enterprise USA magazine. The company has been ranked as a Top Diversity-owned Business in Michigan by and recognized as a 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business and a Michigan Economic Bright Spot by Corp! magazine.

Pasky will be honored at the Ilitch School’s 41st annual Recognition and Awards Program on Thursday, November 11, at the Roostertail. The Recognition and Awards Program is also where the Ilitch School celebrates the recipients of its Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader, Inspirational Teacher and Outstanding Student awards.

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