Catherine DeVrye

#1 Best-selling Author
Former Australian Executive Woman of the Year

Looking for a speaker who truly understands your conference needs?

Long before her standing ovations, Catherine was responsible for IBM incentive events & leadership programs; and later vowed to not only deliver an entertaining, educational & motivational message from stage-but to be easy to work with offstage.

Her impressive client list, with repeat business from Fortune 500 companies, government, small business and associations, shows she fulfilled that promise. Speaking globally on 5 continents-on customer service, change, leadership, adding value to the team, and turning obstacles to opportunities in our professional and personal lives through resilience-DeVrye is an inspirational communicator with proven hands-on international management experience in the private & public sectors-as both a corporate businesswoman & small business owner.

DeVrye...Develops ideas-Delights audiences-Delivers results

Combining Gen Y energy with Baby-boomer experience & wisdom, she has the ‘street cred’ to deliver the results you want. Her business name sums up her philosophy. CDV Management stands for Clients Deserve Value-and that commitment to excellence & quality will contribute to the success of your next event. She brings the latest theory & research to life through practical, common sense examples. In dynamic presentations to C-suite board level or front line staff, she combines substance with humour to inspire, motivate & empower others to achieve the best in themselves and their organisations. Thousands of client testimonials prove that she's been able to achieve that!

No wonder people like the late Sir Edmund Hillary, 1st man on top of Everest, Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul; best-selling novelist Bryce Courtenay, Dr Edward DeBono and countless business leaders-have endorsed her books.

Catherine is a best-selling author of 8 non-fiction books, translated into over a dozen languages, including…Hope Happens! Words of encouragement for Tough Times-Hot Lemon & Honey…reflections for success in times of change-Paper Clips Don't Grow on Trees; Add Value not cost to your bottom line-The Customer Service Zoo-Japan an A-Z Guide-Sports Marketing & Promotion-and Good Service is Good Business…7 Strategies for Success, which was a # 1 best seller in Australia & Taiwan. DeVrye has co-authored other books & corporate histories. 

Her autobiography, Who Says I Can’t? was first released by Random House & nominated for the Australian National Biography Award. It is published in North America by McArthur Press as Serendipity Road…a memoir. On the cover, Bryce Courtenay says: ‘story of hope & perseverance-when’s the movie?’

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

Honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador-and National Speaker’s Association of Australia Keynote Speaker of the Year in 2010-she was a former board member of the 3rd largest police service in the world, past CEO of Junior Achievement Australia and worked for Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Education & Sport, where she was involved in the establishment of the Life. Be In It  fitness campaign. Her diverse, hands-on experience means she's 'walked the talk' and can relate to real life, everyday situations.

She holds a Master of Science degree & has attended short courses at Harvard University & The Melbourne Mt. Eliza Business School, where she also lectured; as well as IMD in Switzerland. Yet this former teacher still believes the best education is common sense! She touches the head and the heart to shift attitude & empower action.

One of the most versatile & sought after speakers in Australia today-featured in Who's Who of Australian Women-Catherine has spoken to business leaders, prime ministers & elite athletes. Always in search of new material, this thought leader even trekked to Timbuktu! A keen sportswoman & adventurer, she’s bicycled over the Andes, scaled peaks in the Antarctic & climbed 20,000’ to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and beyond Everest Base Camp.

She was given the honour to carry the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics-plus has an inspirational, heart warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada-to being a cancer survivor-which she sometimes shares depending on your brief.  Grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer with street kids in Vietnam and South Africa, she believes the biggest challenges of all….are those we face in our everyday lives-as we adopt a positive attitude in the face of adversity to become more resilient-and move forward. 

She fully understands your challenge of putting together a successful conference program and getting better 'buy-in' to key management messages-to maximize performance of human capital. Catherine won’t let you down and guarantees satisfaction or a money back guarantee.

Some of her most frequently requested presentations (always customised to your theme) include:

  • Good Service is Good Business-7 strategies for Success
  • Shift happens-Be more Resilient to Thrive through Change
  • Many customers-one team
  • Paperclips Don't Grow on Trees-add value not cost
  • Success...Turn Obstacles to Opportunities & keep hope alive
  • Resilience-Don't make mountains out of molehills 

If you’re looking for thought provoking, yet practical 'takeaways', presented in a delightfully humorous manner-If you want to boost the bottom line & staff morale-If you want a motivational speaker who is easy to work with plus has a solid track record of success & understands your needs-take a look at Catherine’s demo video & thousands of client comments. Results speak for themselves.

Her versatility, experience & sustainable wisdom will act as a catalyst to maximise organisational profit & individual potential; and contribute to the success of your next event.