About

Just a little bit about me

Hi, I'm Iwona [Evona] and just like you I'm filling a lot of different roles in a day

I was born and raised in Poland. As far as I remember, it was always fascinating for me to learn what makes one company win over another, why do some organizations perform better than others, and what makes a real difference when it comes to success.

This inquiry led me to the world of quality management systems, processes and principles in the oil and gas industry initially in the UK, where I was fortunate to work on various projects especially in FEED and EXECUTE phases.

 

This is when I discovered that a lot of the project challenges we had in the execution stage was due to a poor early project planning, where decisions were made or not made, and to improve the project success rate,  we must help project teams improve the way to move a project from the idea stage to a concept, a development, through to a project to an asset.

My vision for transforming workplaces into places where people feel empowered, work together well and feel safe to speak freely has become a driver behind many initiatives, including a wonderful opportunity to work with the largest Australian energy producer as an internal facilitator, trainer and an advisor on their stage gated process.

I spent over 10 years working in Perth, Australia designing, training, coaching and facilitating workshops for dozens of decision makers, executive teams and project teams, contractors, stakeholder groups and communities.

 

I saw how early project planning and facilitation can help achieve positive outcomes and create high-performing teams.

In November 2019, together with my loving husband and two beautiful children we moved to Coastal Bend in Texas

to start our new adventure.

As a result of Covid -19, I believe that there is an urgent need to educate and promote facilitation as a way to get the team to do the work. By aiming to improve the teamwork, we improve the ways the projects and programs are done which has a direct impact on the organization's bottom line, employees engagement, wellbeing, business results and our communities.

This is why I feel very excited about the opportunity to bring my expertise to Texas and find new ways to support local as well as international clients. 

 By the end of 2023, we want to transform 500 organizations. Will yours be one of them?

Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree of Science in Economics and Engineering, Poland

  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Australia

Certifications:

  • Internationally Certified Facilitator 

​Affiliations:

  • International Association of Facilitators

  • The technology of the Participation Network 

  • Portland Tx Chamber of Commerce

  • San Patricio Economic Development

  • SCORE

  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Corpus Christi

Books Published:

  • "Ordinary meetings don't interest me. Creative group leadership. Book 1 - What is Facilitation" (2016 Amazon No 1 Bestseller)

Vision

At Wilson Biz, our vision is a world, in which we see professional facilitation used throughout the world to address the challenges faced by the people in their groups, organizations, and communities.

We are recognized as top facilitation and training provider for project managers in Texas and Florida.

Mission

Our mission is to find effective solutions to business challenges through facilitation and good strategy.

Our values and beliefs

  1. Client Service 

We work closely with our clients to understand their expectations so that we provide the appropriate service and the group can produce the desired outcomes.

  2. Group Autonomy 

We respect the group's culture, rights, and autonomy of the group. We do not impose anything that risks the welfare and dignity of the participants, the freedom of choice of the group, or the credibility of its work.

  3. Processes, Methods and Tools

We design processes, use methods, and tools that will achieve the group's goals, and select and customize the appropriate approaches.

  4. Diversity and Inclusion 

We are an inclusive organization. We are open to different views, perspectives, and approaches and use collaborative processes which help our clients promote diversity and inclusion.

  5. Respect, safety, and trust 

We strive to create an open, respectful, and safe environment where all participants trust that they can speak freely and where individual boundaries are honored. We seek to have all relevant stakeholders represented and involved.

  6. Stewardship of process

While participants bring knowledge and expertise concerning the topic, we bring our expertise concerning group interaction and how decisions can be made.

  7. Confidentiality

We maintain the confidentiality of information.  Therefore, we do not share information about a client within or outside of the client's organization, nor do we report on the group content, or the individual opinions or behavior of the group without consent.

  8. Professional development

We continuously learn and grow. We seek opportunities to improve our knowledge, facilitation, and training skills to better assist groups in their work. 



Our values and beliefs are fundamentally aligned with the values of the International Association of Facilitators, which we are members of.