Lisa Lunsford, CEO and co-founder of Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3 Global), was inducted into the 2015 class of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence at a ceremony and mini-conference held on March 27 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. The ceremony was attended by a crowd of fellow Women of Excellence inductees, past and present, and invited guests, including keynote speaker Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company.
During the induction and mini-conference, Lunsford was also chosen to speak as a featured panelist during a session entitled “Business and Finance: Fearlessly Owning Your Future.” Leading the discussion with the other members of the “Money Team,” Lunsford joined fellow female entrepreneurs to share her professional journey, discuss work/life balance, talk about building a legacy and describe what it means to take control of your financial destiny.
“It’s an inspiring experience to share this honor with this group of brilliant and accomplished women,” Lunsford said, “and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to spend the day engaging and discussing each of our experiences. For me, being chosen for this recognition is an obligation to continue reaching out to others who are working hard every day to reach their goals, and to keep working to help them along the way.”
The Michigan Chronicle established Women of Excellence in 2008 to celebrate and focus public attention on the leadership and accomplishments of African American women, especially those who have risen to positions of responsibility and influence in Michigan. Throughout the award’s history, over 300 women have been selected as honorees, and, as in the past, the 2015 Women of Excellence inductees represent a broad group of professional fields, including public service, athletics, law, the arts, community service, health care and business.
Nominees for the honor are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, their community involvement, and their commitment to mentoring others. Lunsford’s personal involvement in community activities ranges from neighborhood groups to regional coalitions to professional associations. During her career, Lunsford has taken prominent roles in projects that offer mentorship and job experience to youth in vocational education, such as the Oak Park Business and Education Alliance’s “Kids Build” project and the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation, as well as providing leadership through the Girl Scouts and other community- and school-based organizations.
In addition to this recognition, Lunsford and GS3 have had a string of recent accolades, including winning a 2014 Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s Supplier of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding achievements among Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in business growth, development and operations, and honors excellence among industry leaders in supplier diversity.
Lunsford was also featured in the 2015 edition of “DRIVEN: A Tribute to Multicultural Achievement in the Automotive Industry,” an annual publication produced by Real Times Media. Lunsford’s profile was featured alongside a select group of prominent players in the automotive industry, and was recognized during a gala held in downtown Detroit to celebrate the release of the 2015 edition.
Lunsford co-founded GS3 Global in Livonia, Michigan, in 2010, and began a partnership with the Deshler Group, taking on various strategic leadership roles. Under Lunsford’s leadership, GS3 Global has gone from a Michigan-based start-up to a global industry player, experiencing phenomenal growth during a period of harsh economic challenges for the automotive and manufacturing industries, particularly in the Midwest.
GS3 Global has established itself as a comprehensive supply-chain management company that provides efficient, focused and successful management of materials, manufacturing, assembly and distribution for companies of all sizes, domestic and international. In just four years, the company has grown to a workforce of over 130 employees.
James Settles, Jr. (UAW Vice President), Lisa Lunsford (GS3 CEO), and Hiram Jackson (Real Times Media CEO) (photo: Michigan Chronicle)