2019 Most Influential African Americans of Lake County Awards


Willis Thomas, Ph.D. & Business Leadership Award Recipient

Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT is a motivational speaker, author, Senior Management Executive, Lecturer, and family man. He has worked for large corporations and academic in-stitutions in the areas of human resources, learning and development, qualifty assurance, project management, sales and marketing, measurement and evaluation, and operations.

He has been in senior management for life sciences companies for the past 15 years. Dr. Thomas is adjunct faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM.EDU), International Institute for Learning (IIL.COM) and Institute of Validation Technology (IVT).

His Publications have received global recognition from associatons such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) where he received the Cleland Award for “The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned.” This book was an 8-year effort that enhanced the framework for the evaluation of projects using the PMBOK Guide. He has been a featured speaker and conference chairperson on an international basis and has received the Apex Publication Excellence Award for implementing useful tools for project management, evaluation and training with the Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society for Training and Development).