YUPRO Placement’s Michelle Sims Named to SIA’s 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing List
The CEO is recognized for the third consecutive year for her outstanding leadership and commitment to serving historically excluded talent
AUSTIN, Texas, November 16, 2023 — YUPRO Placement, the nation’s leading skills-first placement firm, announced that its CEO, Michelle Sims, has been named to the 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing List for the third consecutive year. The list is powered by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions that recognizes the most influential women in staffing, the top 100 in the Americas and the top 50 internationally. Michelle was acknowledged for advancing a social mission to support historically excluded talent by connecting them to mission-driven organizations.
“My passion is fostering diversity and connection by creating pathways for historically excluded talent to gain access to equitable job opportunities,” said Michelle Sims, CEO of YUPRO Placement. “I encourage my team to seek personal value and purpose in their work and believe in building an organization that connects talent to mission-driven organizations so they can do the same. It’s an honor to receive this award and to stand among the brightest leaders in our industry. It gives me confidence that the future of our industry is in good hands.”
Michelle carried YUPRO Placement to new heights as she led the rebrand and recharter of the organization in February in conjunction with launching the nationwide campaign #SkillsFirstJobsNow. The campaign’s goal is to drive socioeconomic change through the adoption of skills-first hiring practices. These practices create equitable job opportunities for the 66% of American workers who lack a 4-year degree.
This year Michelle also guided her team to become the largest nationwide upskilling partner with IBM SkillsBuild in reaching a milestone with over 5,000 active users of the upskilling platform.
Michelle’s passion for diversity is boundless, and in April 2023 she led her organization to make a substantial monetary investment in the nonprofit organization Jobs for Humanity. This investment allowed YUPRO Placement to go global and provide career readiness and job search resources to a globally diverse talent community that self-identifies as LGBTQIA+, refugees, neurodivergent, Black professionals, and blind talent.
Michelle is a 2023 Forbes Business Council member, a member of the Women in Leadership Council for the American Staffing Association, a member of the nonprofit Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and is on the Women’s Leadership Board, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
“The incredible impact of the 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing is made even more remarkable given our current environment of post-pandemic shifts, economic concerns and geopolitical issues,” said Ursula Williams, chief operating officer for SIA. “Meeting such dramatic change and challenges with innovation and growth is a true power move, and the powerhouse women on this list have made such moves in the workforce solutions ecosystem. A huge congratulations to this year’s Global Power 150 Women in Staffing.”
View the full 2023 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list at si100women.staffingindustry.com/.
About YUPRO Placement
YUPRO Placement champions skills-first hiring by sourcing, recruiting, retaining, and advancing historically excluded talent. A mission-driven placement firm, we serve as the connector between forward-thinking employers, a national upskilling partner network, and career-ready talent. With on-the-job coaching, upskilling, and wraparound supports for placed candidates, YUPRO Placement creates pathways to upward economic mobility and workplace diversity. The result: a high performing workforce with the skills to drive positive career and business outcomes. Learn how placement with social impact is better business at yupro.com