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Willis Thomas


Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT is a certified project manager and performance Technologist who has been involved in training and organizational development across the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and information technology industries. His career focus has been in the areas of Quality Assurance, Human Resources and Operations.  

Dr. Thomas is a recognized author. His book published November of 2011 is entitled “The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned” received the Project Management Institute 2012 Cleland Award. The Cleland award recognizes and honors the best project management literature published during the previous calendar year. It recognizes the author for significant contributions and for advancing the project management knowledge, practices, procedures, concepts, or other advanced techniques that demonstrate the value of using project management. The 2nd edition of this book (incorporating 3 new chapters) was recently released, copyright 2015. His second book published in 2014 is entitled “The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials.” His third book is entitled “Templates for Managing Training Projects” is to was released in January 2015. He has also published in professional journals and newspapers, and is represented on training, project management and evaluation professional association websites. He has been a featured speaker at the International Project Management Day to 35,000+ virtual attendees on November 15, 2012 (for his first book) and to 45,000+ virtual attendees on November 6, 2014 (for his second book). He has delivered global presentations on project management, training and evaluation to many companies and organizations. He has been instrumental in training thousands of students around the globe and help them achieve and maintain professional certification. 

He holds a PhD in Evaluation from Western Michigan University. The title of his doctoral dissertation while working at Pfizer was “A Metaevaluation of Lessons Learned Repositories: Evaluative Knowledge Management Practices in Project Management.” He actively maintains a comprehensive website on project evaluation and lessons learned at www.lessonslearned.info. Willis studied directly under Dr. Michael Scriven. His Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management is from National Louis University. His Master’s thesis was entitled “The Impacts of Sales Integration on Integration on Interpersonal Communication Affecting Sales Representatives Job Satisfaction.” This was completed while at Xerox. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While an undergraduate student, he served as the editor for the college Newspaper (Datelines) and was the editor for research publications, such as West African Monsoons from Geocentric Satellites (Space Science and Engineering Department).

Willis Thomas