Speaker Bio

A speaker who understands your conference needs-Get results through learning and laughter to gain a competitive edge.

Long before standing ovations, Catherine was an IBM executive in Australia, Tokyo and Hong Kong with roles in sales, marketing, HR, communication. At one stage, in your shoes, responsible for incentive events and leadership programs, she vowed to not only deliver an entertaining, educational and motivational message from the stage but to be easy to work with off stage.

The best-selling author of 9 books, translated into over a dozen languages is an inspirational communicator with proven hands-on international experience in the private and public sectors as both a corporate businesswoman and small business owner. Named in 2016 by the Financial Review as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia…

DeVrye…Develops ideas-Delights audiences-Delivers results uniquely tailored to your brief. Combining Gen Y energy with Baby-boomer experience and wisdom, her ‘street cred’ adds value to any event.

TWICE VOTED AUSTRALIAN KEYNOTE SPEAKER OF THE YEAR
AUSTRALIAN EXECUTIVE WOMAN OF THE YEAR
#1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR on CUSTOMER SERVICE-CHANGE-TEAMWORK-RESILIENCE

She holds a Master of Science degree and has attended short courses at Harvard University and The Melbourne MT. Elize 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 and empower action.

One of the most versatile and sought after speakers in Australia today-featured in Who’s Who of Australian Women-Catherine has spoken to business leaders, prime ministers and elite athletes. Always in search of new material, this thought leader even trekked to Timbuktu! An active surf lifesaver, sportswoman and adventurer, she’s cycled over the Andes, scaled peaks in the Antarctic and 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 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.

A speaker who understands your conference needs-Get results through learning and laughter to gain a competitive edge.

Long before standing ovations, Catherine was an IBM executive in Australia, Tokyo and Hong Kong with roles in sales, marketing, HR, communication. At one stage, in your shoes, responsible for incentive events and leadership programs, she vowed to not only deliver an entertaining, educational and motivational message from the stage but to be easy to work with off stage.

She fully understands your challenge of putting together a dynamic 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.

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

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

Real content-Real funny-Real life!

These are sample topics only from a selection of Catherine’s most frequently requested presentations-but you can chose one topic or a mixture of messages-and the presentation is always customised to your conference needs & theme.

1. Good Service Is Good Business/Winning Teams

  • Boost your bottom line without increasing cost
  • Use service to differentiate you from your competition
  • Gain market share by exceeding customer expectations
  • Increase brand loyalty, turn complaints to opportunities
  • Make minor improvements for major impacts on internal & external stakeholder experience
  • Many customers-one team. Empower staff to be accountable
  • Add value-not cost-to your bottom line
  • Eliminate Waste and stimulate value
  • Create customers for life-and a life for yourself.

2. Conquer The Challenge Of Change

  • Shift happens!-Be more resilient to thrive through change
  • Change is inevitable. Learning from change is optional
  • The 7 most expensive words in business – ’We have always done it that way’
  • Turn common sense into common practice in your organisational culture
  • Fight complacency-success today doesn’t equal success tomorrow
  • Victim or victor from change-your choice.
  • Make a living-make a difference

3. Success/Resilience – Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities
An inspirational personal story, which can be applied to our working lives. From early days in an orphanage in Canada-to an education in the USA-to an international career with IBM in Japan, the Australian Executive Woman of the Year outlines:

  • We can’t always control events but can always control our attitude
  • Focus on what you can do rather than waste energy on what you can’t
  • Focus on the positive to produce professional & personal success
  • Detour to Dreams-Hope is not a 4 letter word
  • Incorporating analogies from volunteering with street kids, cycling over the Andes, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro & trekking to Timbuktu, participants are reminded not to make mountains out of molehills.
  • Participants will leave all sessions feeling better about themselves and their organization.

Catherine’s delightfully humorous approach to presenting serious content has earned her repeat business amongst clients such as American Express, AT&T, Australian Tourism, Bankwest, Coca-Cola, Domino’s PIzza, Ernst & Young, 3M, Mercedes, Neways, Qantas, Red Cross, Remax, Royal Australian Airforce, School Principals, World Triathlon Championships.

More About Catherine:

International Business Experience
Catherine worked for a decade with IBM. Following two years in Japan as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager, she returned to Australia with a heightened awareness and commitment to quality customer service. As Customer Education Manager for Asia/South Pacific, she gained an appreciation of regional cultural differences and current leadership issues, when she was responsible for the delivery of IBM’s high potential and performance leadership programs. Earlier experience as a Sales and Marketing Representative and as Employee Communications and Special Events Manager provided insight into effective communication, motivational programs and conference organisation. Following IBM, Catherine was CEO of Junior Achievement Australia – a worldwide organisation forging closer links between business and education..

Government Experience
Catherine served as a speech writer/press secretary to Ministers of Consumer Affairs and Education. Prior to that, she was responsible for all sports funding; involved in the establishment of the award-winning “Life Be In It” fitness campaign; and author of a book on sports marketing.

She was an independent board member of the 3rd largest police service in the world.

Education
Catherine 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, once a Mensa member, still believes the best education is common sense! She touches the head and the heart to shift attitude & empower action.

Communicator
Twice awarded Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year, Catherine is a former university lecturer, who has spoken at local and international conferences; sharing the platform with Prime Ministers and Presidents on 5 continents.

A CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), she is a best-selling author, columnist and frequent broadcaster.
With 9 best-selling books – translated into over a dozen languages, she has also written corporate histories.

Topics Covered

1. Good Service Is Good Business/Winning Teams
2. Conquer The Challenge Of Change
3. Success/Resilience – Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities

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Location

Manly Place, Kings Langley NSW, Australia

Topics

1. Good Service Is Good Business/Winning Teams
2. Conquer The Challenge Of Change
3. Success/Resilience – Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities

Booking Info

In Australia and New Zealand-represented exclusively by Saxton Speaker Bureau

Tel: +61 2 8968 6666

Email: [email protected]
1300 799 823   +61 3 8866 4000

Or in another language or time zone of your choice…
Malaysian

Chinese

Indian Sub Continent

Europe/UK/Middle East

  • Arabic London Speaker Bureau: Tom Kenyon-Slayney
    +44 (0) 20 8748 9595  |   (0) 20 8748 9595
    [email protected]

Ireland

  • Mary Menton
    ph:  +353 (0) 71 966 4571  |   mob:  +353 (87) 250 3331
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Middle East-Oman

French/Spanish

Dutch/Northern Europe

Netherlands Eithne Jones
+31 (0) 610893693
[email protected]

Canada/US

  • Vancouver   Keynote Speakers Canada -Christine Brown  +1  1800 8303046  ext 2     [email protected]
  • Toronto         GSA- Natasha Daneman +1 800 360 1073 x27  or +1 416 324 9491 x26    [email protected]
  • National Speakers Bureau  Theresa Beenken +1 (416) 324-9491   [email protected]
  • Miami            Thinking Heads Ben Cummins  +1 305 424 1320 Cell: +34 673 102 437       www.thinkingheads.com
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