Sad News - Passing of Carol Susan DeVaney, CPLP

ASTD, SHRM and the HR Florida State Council have lost a great pioneer in the passing of Carol Susan DeVaney on October 31, 2011.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Susan Devaney, CPLP.  –Carol Susan Devaney was the Recipient of GMSHRM’s  inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer Award.  

Carol-Susan was known for her work in workplace ethics, diversity & inclusion, change management, leadership training and performance. For over thirty years, she provided organizational development, executive coaching, trouble shooting and facilitation in both English and Spanish throughout the US and abroad.  As the President of DeVaney-Wong International since 1989, her client list included the US Government, not-for-profit and Fortune 500 companies.

Beyond her work, Carol Susan was known for her kindness and selflessness.  Once you met her, she remained connected, sharing information and helping, helping, helping. She was intelligent, smart, witty, caring.

She was very involved in HR professional organizations on both the National, State levela and with the various Broward and Miami Dade chapters.  Highlights include: 

ASTD National Advisor for Chapters, Chair of ASTD's International Conference and Expo, ASTD Excellence in Practice Citation, ASTD Voluteer-Staff Partnership Award.  Recipient of the ASTD Torch Award. (The Torch Award is presented to ASTD members whose contributions have advanced the society's vision and goals.) 

Being featured and having published articles about Change Management, Diversity, Stress Management and Change, including a SHRM HR Magazine Diversity article.

SHRM HR Florida State Diversity Chair (2008 – 2009)

Recipient of the Greater Miami SHRM (GMSHRM) inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer Award in 2011

There will be a memorial service for Carol Susan on Saturday, November 19, in Richmond, Virginia.  Her final wishes are very specific, particularly those related to charity memorial contributions.  She wanted books in Spanish to be donated to her mother's village in the Colon region of Panama, Palmas Bellas.  She especially wanted children's books to be included in those donations. Carol Susan's family is working to set up a lending library in her name.