Heather Williams, the founding member of Silence Softly Speaks, began this project after volunteering in 2005 – 2006 with the Development Educational Program for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC) in Mae Sai, Thailand. She volunteered for five months teaching English and using play therapy to work with 27 children ages 5 -18 who were victims of child labor and the sex trafficking trade. During this period she was able to travel to the surrounding countries of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam and observed the conditions that led to and contributed to the problem of human trafficking. Mrs. Williams’ qualified accreditations and humanitarian work history are listed below.
Education- Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan.
MA, Industrial Relations
Bachelors in Social Work
United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub Region (UNIAP)
Collecting data and providing support to the UN Inter-Agency Reach Project on Human Trafficking thus helping UNIAP to gain overall knowledge of the human trafficking situation in relevant destination countries around the world, with an emphasis on trafficked persons from the Mekong Sub-region.
Development and Educational Program for Daughters and Community (DEPDC), MaiSai, Thailand
State of Michigan, Family Independence Agency
Facilitated the re-unification of children with families by interfacing with the juvenile justice, medical and educational systems.
Wilbert is one of the directors of Silence Softly Speaks. Wilbert shares a passion for business and the anti-sex trafficking trade.
As a business owner, he started WILLIAMS-BAYER INDUSTRIES Inc in January, 2001 and operated it until 2019. In 2020, Wilbert started Williams Industries which is jointly owned with his wife Heather. Williams-Bayer Industries was a Tier 2 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of components and assemblies for the Automotive Industry. Customers included the domestic Big Three and all Japanese Transplant Automotive manufacturers. Williams Industries is diversified as a Tier 2 OEM supplier to the Automotive Industry, supplier of Solar panel support systems to the Renewable Energy industry and supplier of machine protections for manufacturing industries.
Wilbert has spearheaded the growth of his companies with increased revenues from year to year. Prior to this, Wilbert worked for Chrysler Corporation from September 1984 to December 2000. Wilbert’s tenure at Chrysler encompassed several responsible Engineering Design, Development, Release and Management positions.
Wilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981.