Steve DeValk is an Associate Consultant and Partner of The FutureWork Institute and is the Founder of DeValk Associates, Inc. (DVA), a training and staff consulting organization specializing in diversity and change management. It was established in 1990 to respond to the changing workforce and to equip organizations with the necessary tools to develop their most valuable resource—people, and has been partnering with The FutureWork Institute for over 10 years to deliver interactive theatre presentations to clients.
Recognizing and experiencing the minimal results achieved by “off-the-shelf” training programs, DVA is structured to provide the flexibility demanded by today’s organizations. Steve works collaboratively with a diverse pool of independent consultants to assess needs, custom design and deliver highly interactive training programs, and provide ongoing support to clients. His work has positively impacted a wide array of organizations including manufacturers, financial services, government, schools and sales. Programs and services are provided to all levels of staff–from senior management to line staff–and provide participants with a safe forum to explore the complex human dynamics of diversity, and to build and practice skills.
In addition to authoring numerous training manuals, Steve is published in Training and Development Magazine and Insights Magazine, and has worked extensively throughout the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. He participated in the 1990 European Management Congress in Prague, Czechoslovakia and the 1991 Invisible Diversity Conference: A Gay and Lesbian Corporate Agenda. Also, Steve has been a featured presenter for the American Society of Training and Development, Bellcore, the New York State Division of Tourism, The Anti-Defamation League, Chase Bank, The New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and American Express.
Prior to starting DVA, Steve co-developed a state-of-the-art drama-based training technique which enables trainees to hone skills in the classroom before returning to work; the technique, initially developed for social service practitioners, is in wide use throughout organizations today. He continues to present this dynamic resource to organizations through ClassActs—an organization of script writers, facilitators and actor-trainers. Also, Steve was Assistant Director of Training and Development for the New York City Department of Probation, and is certified in Rape Crisis Intervention.