Anthony Willis is a self-starter who boasts a lengthy history of academic and professional achievements. Anthony has been an avid and dedicated volunteer, contributing countless hours to helping others. He is a sought-after public speaker who has shared his personal testimony in a variety of forums.
Anthony is well organized and personable. He excels in networking and relationship building, which yields increased workplace productivity. Anthony is reliable and hardworking, and pays close attention to detail.
Anthony is an advocate for others who are returning to the community after periods of incarceration. He dreams of starting his own non-profit organization to serve at-risk youth, working closely with school and group homes to mentor children. Anthony seeks an opportunity that will allow him to combine his advanced education in business management with his workplace experience in advocacy, partnership building, and management.
Through education and work experience, Anthony has developed proficiency in:
- Time Management: multitasker who can handle many projects at once;
- Personable: outgoing and likable, connects easily with others;
- Computer Programs: proficiency in Microsoft programs;
- Public Speaking: invited guest in a variety of forums;
- Published Author and Conference Presenter: periodical articles and conference presentations;
- Playwriter and Director: experience in all aspects of stage productions.
California Coast University, Master of Science (Business Management), 2020
California Coast University, Bachelor of Science (Business Management), 2013
Western Piedmont Community College, Associate in Arts, 2003
Western Piedmont Community College, Associate in Applied Science (Business Administration), 2002
Western Piedmont Community College, Associate in Applied Science (Information Systems), 2000
Fayetteville Technical Community College, General Education Diploma, 1997
- Administrative Assistant for a telecommunication company;
- Program Director for a reentry advocacy program;
- Medical Transport Driver for elderly memory care patients;
- Active volunteer with several community agencies.
- Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society
- Published author
- Co-Author (2021) of Behind the Wall of Indifference: Prisoner Voices about the Realities of Prison Health Care. Laws 10:11. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10010011
- Co-Author (2015) of Doing ‘Life’: A Glimpse into the Long-Term Incarceration Experience. Special Issue of Rough Justice: Penal Sanctions, Human Dignity, and Human Rights in Laws, 4(3):559-578. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/2075-471X/4/3/559
Anthony is guided by his faith in forgiveness, hope, and redemption. As a child at age 16, he was condemned to die in prison. Anthony served 26 years in prison where he refused to give up on himself and advocated tirelessly for opportunities to pursue institutional programing, workforce development training, and higher education. In early 2022, his sentence was commuted by the governor of North Carolina and Anthony was released home to a strong and supportive family.
Anthony enjoys exploring his freedom and learning new things. He loves to read and write, especially creating stage plays. Anthony finds joy in volunteering for various community agencies and living a life of purpose.