One of the best parts of working at Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) is building relationships with our instructors—knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely dedicated to helping their participants. IPS’ success is due to how we match our instructors’ skills, experience and educational background to each of our client’s training and development needs.
Joe Willis is truly passionate and experienced in honing leadership skills and building relationships in multi-cultural environments. He is devoted and committed to helping leaders and organizations succeed. As an organizational consultant, he’s worked with corporate and government executives, senior military leaders, law enforcement officers, small business owners, and businesses from coast to coast.
Joe has told us that he realized he wanted to work with our team from his very first conversation with Steven Kovacs, our Business Development Manager. In his own words, he connects with our passion for training and educating adults, and he has been inspired by our approach. “Invista truly cares about the adult learners’ experience and I believe I am a better trainer for having worked with them.”
For his first project with IPS, he designed and delivered a Sexual Harassment Prevention and Diversity Awareness training in six sessions for up to 40 participants each at Concrete Technology Corporation in Tacoma, WA. We utilized iClickers, an anonymous audience polling device, to engage participants in what can be a challenging topic. Joe’s evaluations were outstanding with 98% of the participants rating him as a ‘very good’ instructor and 100% of the participants recommending the course to others.
Joe participated in our bid on a Customer Service RFP for the Tacoma Public School District. He was on the development team for the Customer Service CONNECT training program which was innovative in the way that it targeted organizational culture modification, not just skills trainings. Joe was one of the facilitators who then delivered a Train the Trainer (T3) for the Customer Service CONNECT program. Joe contributed to the curriculum with his own unique teaching style, using real-life scenarios that the participants could relate to and in return received impressive scores from the post-training evaluations.
One of Joe’s most involved projects with IPS was a month long Learning Culture project for the Washington Office of Drinking Water (ODW). During this program, Joe developed and delivered four 16-hour sessions and four 4-hour sessions on results-oriented communication for a learning culture. Every employee that attended the training had a direct impact on their internal communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and learning culture. ODW also asked Joe to be the guest speaker at their annual offsite conference.
Another project Joe did for IPS was a series of Time Management and Conflict Resolution workshops for Vadis Corporation in Sumner, WA. During this series, he contextualized two critical skills to the company’s mission and needs of the employees and trained 100% of the staff. He also developed and delivered an Adaptive Leader Workshop for Reischling (RPI) Print where he trained all of their supervisors during two different sessions as they prepared for an influx of seasonal workers.
Joe is an Army Veteran. He retired as a First Sergeant in 2016 after 20-years as a Military Police Soldier and Leader. During the last few years of his career he served as a Military Science and Tactics Instructor at West Point. Joe taught MS100 (Squad Tactics) and portions of MX400 (Officership). He also routinely guest lectured for psychology and counseling courses. As the US Military Academy’s Equal Opportunity Program Manager, Joe is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and served as a member of the Superintendent’s primary staff. He provided executive consultation to academy leadership, coordinated diversity events, and conducted training on diversity, EEO, and sexual harassment/assault prevention.
His credentials and degrees include a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Excelsior College, Certified Mediator by the Justice Center of Atlanta, and a SHARP Facilitator.
If you want to see Joe in action check out IPS’ Approach to Training and Development where he demonstrates facilitation. You can also see a video of him as a keynote style speaker in Calibrating Moral Compasses When All Hell is Breaking Loose.
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