Tom Devane

Senior Consultant and Registered Corporate Coach

Energage, Inc.

Tom spent the last 40+ years working in the private and public sectors helping organizations with strategy development and deployment, process improvement, leadership development, organization development, and large-scale change. Tom supported four divisions of Microsoft Corporation on all of the above during their exponential growth years. He had the extraordinary privilege of being selected by the government of South Africa to assist in dismantling apartheid on both the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. He has worked on major cultural transformations with AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley, Honeywell, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Roche BioPharm.

Tom began working with Energage after 25 years as an independent consultant, as he was extremely impressed with the key culture data collected by the Workplace Survey and its impact on designing culture-shaping improvements.

Prior to founding his own company, he held leadership positions at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Tosco Corporation (purchased by ConocoPhillips), and Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers). He has worked in a variety of sectors, including high‐tech manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotech, energy, and federal and local government.

Tom’s clients range from start-ups to multinational corporations. His wide and varied background brings a rich set of tailor-made best practices in effective change management to challenging situations. Combined with his passion for high‐participation workplaces, this diverse background helps each of Tom’s clients build high levels of organizational energy for unique, high-impact, sustainable solutions.

Tom received BS and MS degrees in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His certifications include:

  • Harvard University: Contemporary Leadership 
  • The LIFO Leadership Assessment
  • The Schutz Company: FIRO-B 
  • The Monitor Group: Scenario Planning
  • Case Western University: Appreciative Inquiry
  • Inscape: DiSC


In addition, Tom is a certified executive coach by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). He is one of the rare consultants who has successfully transitioned into the Zoom world of remote facilitation of transformative events, uniquely combining his 20 years of research on large-group methods, online breakout groups, polling, and other advanced features.

Tom is the co‐author of The Change Handbook (Berrett‐Koehler, 1999, 2007), Business‐Driven Information Technology (Stanford University Press, 2003), and the author of Integrating Lean Six Sigma and High‐Performance Organizations (Wiley & Sons, 2003).

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