Catherine DeVrye

Combining the energy of Gen Y with the experience of a Baby Boomer, Catherine DeVrye has the ‘street cred’ to deliver the results you’re after.

Before becoming a best-selling author of 7 non-fiction books and past winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award. She used to be in your shoes-signing cheques for IBM incentive events. She vowed not only to deliver an entertaining and educational message from stage but to be easy to work with off the platform. And, you can see from her impressive client testimonials that she’s been able to achieve that!

She is an outstanding communicator with proven international management experience in the private and public sectors-speaking globally on customer service, change and turning obstacles to opportunities in our professional and personal lives.

Her autobiography, “Who Says I Can’t?”, was released by Random House and nominated for the National Biography Award. On the cover is a quote from Bryce Courtenay: “a story of hope and perseverance… when’s the movie?”

Other best sellers, translated into over a dozen languages, include “Hope Happens! Words of Encouragement for Tough Times”, “Hot Lemon & Honey: Reflections For Success in Times of Change”, “The Customer Service Zoo” and “Good Service is Good Business”, which was a #1 best seller in Australia and Taiwan.

A former IBM executive, Catherine held roles in sales, marketing, communication and management development; and spent 2 years in Tokyo as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager.

An Australia Day ambassador, she was a former board member of the 3rd largest police service in the world, past CEO of Young Achievement Australia and worked for Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Education and Sport, where she was involved in the establishment of the Life: Be In It fitness campaign.

One of the most sought after speakers in Australia today – and always in search of new material – Catherine has just returned in 2007 from a trek to Timbuktu! She’s also cycled over the Andes, climbed 20,000 feet to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and was given the honour to carry the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She also tells a heart-warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada, which she sometimes shares depending on your brief.

Catherine holds a Master of Science degree and has attended short courses at Harvard and the Mt Eliza Business School – but believes the best education is common sense!

Catherine DeVrye always customizes material to your theme and her delightfully humorous approach to presenting serious content has earned her repeat business on 5 continents amongst clients such as American Express, AT&T, Australian Tourism, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, 3M, Mercedes, Qantas, Red Cross, Royal Australian Airforce, World Triathlon Championships.