Lisa-Ann Barnes

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor

Email: lbarnes@luc.edu


Lisa-Ann Barnes, PMP, Project+, EdM, is a project management subject-matter expert. She is an active project manager, award-winning instructor, recognized thought leader, and author with over 30 years’ experience managing projects, implementing project management offices, facilitating strategic plans and teaching project management. Lisa-Ann is the president and founder of BluePontoon (formerly IreeTec), a company specializing in project management. She guides organizations to create the project management culture they need to be successful, and she manages projects requiring a strategic perspective and relationship-focused approach. Lisa-Ann also works with individuals to improve their skills in project management and leadership through training and coaching programs in various delivery modalities.

Lisa-Ann has developed an adaptable methodology for project management and has implemented it successfully in a wide-range of industries including financial services, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and nonprofit. She has developed more than ten courses on project management and teaches in multiple university programs, and well as to corporate and nonprofit clients. Lisa-Ann is the author of two textbooks on project management, “Project Management from Start to Finish” and “Project Management for Team Members”, in addition to coauthoring a book on information technology project management. She speaks at project management events and corporate learning sessions. Lisa-Ann is knowledgeable in the theoretical background of project management, as well as the current best practices, trends, and technologies that are impacting the project management discipline across industries.

Certifications include:
Project Management Institute (PMI) – Project Management Professional September 2005 – present

CompTIA – Project+ - February 2003 - present

Professional Links



  • Bachelor of Science in FInance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987
  • Master of Education in Learning Design & Leadership, with an emphasis on Adult Learning Technology, 2022

Professional Employment

  • Adjunct Faculty, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, 2022-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Professional Studies, Northwestern University, 2007-Present
  • Program Advisor, School of Professional Studies, Project Management Program, Northwestern University, 2019-Present

Research Interests

  • Project Management
  • Team Building
  • Leadership

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Project Management Institute Chicagoland Chapter, 1999 – Present
  • Member, Project Management Institute Chicagoland Executive Council, 2016 – Present
  • Board member, Project Management Institute Chicagoland Executive Council, 2019 – Present
  • CompTIA Project+ Advisory Board, 1995 – 2010
  • Member, Women in Technology International, Chicago chapter, 1994 – 2006
  • Board member, Women in Technology International, Chicago chapter, 1999 – 2004
  • Founding Member, Soroptimist International, DuPage Chapter, 1988 – 2016
  • Member, Illinois Brass Band, 1994 – 2023

Courses Taught

  • ISSCM 484: Project Management
  • ISSCM 484E: Project Management (Executive MBA Program)


  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, 2015-16
  • Outstanding Service Award, CompTIA Project + Advisory Committee, 2008

Selected Publications

Barnes, Lisa-Ann L. Project Management from Start to Finish. BluePontoon, 2020. Textbook link: https://www.vitalsource.com/products/project-management-from-start-to-finish-lisa-ann-barnes-v9781685649494

Barnes, Lisa-Ann L. Project Management for Team Members. BluePontoon, 2019. Textbook link: https://www.vitalsource.com/products/project-management-for-team-members-lisa-ann-barnes-vaa4e20192917lb

Barnes, Lisa-Ann L. and Shimberg, David. Client-Server and Beyond: Strategies for the 21st Century. Prentice Hall PTR, 1997.