|William J. Thomas|
Bill Thomas has thirty years of assisting organizations to identify issues and problems, develop realistic goals, and implement strategies to achieve them. He has proven his ability to work with clients of various cultural backgrounds and at all levels of the organization and community both in the United States and abroad by being called back for multiple engagements.
Part of his experience includes working with both small and large groups to assess issues and challenges in organizations and communities, formulate objectives for change, and facilitate participatory strategic planning. His most recent long-term engagement had him leading a small team to design leadership and change management training and coaching for Leaders in African agricultural initiatives. This work produced over 1000 “Champions for Change” who were now skilled to lead change efforts in their local communities
Bill is no stranger to facilitating potentially contentious meetings such as those between government representatives and stakeholders as they try to resolve relationship issues. He has been a table group facilitator at public meetings to discuss potential rule changes proposed by the FDA. He was a lead facilitator for working with the Peace and Reconciliation process in Sierra Leone after the civil war. He was also lead facilitator for the annual Presidential Malaria Initiative 5 day meeting in Dakar, Senegal. This meeting brought together government leaders and local practitioners to review progress and successful techniques and come to consensus on priorities for the coming years. In the US, he has also worked with private and public sector organizations, School systems and churches around issues of teamwork, leadership, change management, diversity awareness and inclusive decision making.
His education and training includes undergraduate work at the Catholic University of America, and graduate work in Adult Education and Organization Development at University of Maryland. Bill has also received advanced training in Group Dynamics, Management and Organization Development, Experiential Education, and Human Relations from NTL Institute, the Mid Atlantic Association for Training and Consulting, the Center for Creative Leadership, the Center for the Application of Psychological Type, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Bill has been a professional member of NTL since 1986 and has been a dean or staff member for the Human Interaction Laboratory or the Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Success training over twenty times.