Catherine DeVrye

Catherine DeVrye develops ideas, delights audiences and delivers results.

Combining Gen Y energy with baby boomer experience and wisdom, Catherine has the ‘street cred’ to deliver the results you want at your next conference.

Always customised to your theme, Catherine’s down to earth and delightfully humorous style is thought provoking yet practical and her content has earned repeat bookings on five continents.

Twice voted Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year in 1999 and 2010, Catherine is an entertaining communicator with proven international management experience in the private and public sectors-as both a female corporate executive and small business owner. She now speaks globally on customer service, change and turning obstacles to opportunities, through resilience.

Catherine is a best-selling author of eight books and past winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award. Her memoir, Who Says I Can’t? was released by Random House and nominated for the National Biography Award. On the cover Bryce Courtenay calls it a ‘story of hope and perseverance’, asking ‘when’s the movie?’ Other best-sellers, translated into over a dozen languages, include Hot Lemon and Honey – Reflections For Success in Times of Change (endorsed by Sir Edmund Hillary), Hope Happens! Words of Encouragement for Tough Times, The Customer Service Zoo and Good Service is Good Business, a #1 best-seller in Australia and Taiwan. Her most recent, endorsed by Dr Edward DeBono, is Paperclips Don’t Grow on Trees – Add value not cost to your bottom line.

A former IBM executive, Catherine held roles in sales, marketing, communication and leadership development, spending two years in Tokyo as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager. Once responsible for IBM incentive events and leadership programs, she vowed to not only deliver an entertaining and educational motivational message from stage but to be authentic and easy to work with off the platform. Thousands of testimonials from delighted clients prove she has achieved that.

Always in search of adventure and new material, she has cycled over the Andes, trekked to Timbuktu, beyond Everest Base Camp and was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A cancer survivor, she also has an inspirational, heart-warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada, which she sometimes shares depending on your brief.

Catherine is also an Australia Day ambassador, featured in Who’s Who of Australian Women, a former board member of the third largest police service in the world, past CEO of Young/Junior Achievement Australia, as well as working for Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Education and Sport, where she was involved in the establishment of the Life: Be In It fitness campaign.

She holds a Master of Science degree and has attended short courses at Harvard University and Melbourne Mt Eliza Business School… but believes the best education is common sense! She touches the head and heart to encourage action and better ‘buy-in’ to key management messages.

Clients include American Express, AT & T, Australian Tourism, Austrade, Bankwest, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, IBM 3M, Local Government, Mercedes, Neways, Qantas, Red Cross, Remax, Royal Australian Airforce, School Principals, TAFE, World Triathlon Championships…

Her versatility, experience and commitment to quality will act as a catalyst to maximise organisational and individual potential, and contribute to the success of your next event.

Real content, real fun, real life!

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