3Ply Solutions


Shay Mikalson is the Founding Principal of 3Ply Solutions.  3Ply is a consulting firm that believes we will be known by the problems we solve– and so we aim to creatively support school leaders, districts, regional educational centers, and organizations with the uncommon ability to see a need and implement a problem-solving solution.


Plywood is made of three thin layers of wood bonded together.  Each layer of wood, known as a ply, is usually oriented with its grain running in stark contrast to the adjacent layer in order to improve the strength of the finished piece. 3Ply Solutions believes there is strength in numbers.  Making a stronger unit by working together to solve problems collectively is what defines 3Ply Solutions.  Finding problems is easy.  Securing the necessary resources and capacity to help you address the problem is harder.  Recruiting others to join in solving the problems is the key.  To solve problems we must attract great people.

3Ply Solutions catalyzes its clients into doers of unthinkable action.  For, if we have all the greatest ideas in the world and they never come to life, we have failed the reasons for ideas.  Purpose becomes practical when ideas come to life.  3Ply Solutions is dedicated to helping your organization lean toward action and implementation.  Plywood is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.  It’s a little different than a band-aid, its longer lasting and it helps defend.  It’s a lasting material, yet not the ultimate solution.  It is a jump start on a trajectory toward problem solving.  There may be a better solution in the end, but it, like 3Ply Solutions itself, propels progress in a stagnant place of great need.

When 3Ply solutions sees the need for physical or metaphorical plywood in our school communities, we see opportunity for change.

Together, we will be known by the problems we solve. 

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