Catherine de Vrye

Catherine De Vrye

Australian Keynote Speaker of the year, former Australian Executive Woman of the Year and a number 1 best-selling author is an outstanding communicator who has proven international management experience in both the private and public sectors.

A former IBM executive, Catherine held roles in sales, marketing, communication, management and leadership development. She worked in Tokyo as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager. 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 and 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.

A keen sportswoman and adventurer, she’s bicycled over the Andes, scaled peaks in the Antarctic and climbed 20,000 feet to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. She was given the honour to carry the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Her heart warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada to being a cancer survivor is something she sometimes shares depending on her brief. Yet 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 move forward.

Combining Gen Y energy with Baby-boomer experience, she has the ‘street cred’ to deliver the results you’re after. Her business name sums up her philosophy. CDV Management stands for Clients Deserve Value and that commitment to excellence and quality contributes to the success of all of her events. She has delivered presentations on five continents to clients including Fortune 500 companies, government, small business and associations. A highly professional keynote business speaker, she brings the latest theory and research to life through practical, common sense examples. In dynamic presentations to board level or front line staff, she combines substance with humour to inspire, motivate and serve as a catalyst for others to strive to achieve the best in themselves and their organisations.

Catherine is a best-selling author of 7 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, 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 number 1 best seller in Australia and Taiwan. She has also co-authored other books and corporate histories.

Her autobiography, Who Says I Can’t? was first released by Random House and nominated for the Australian National Biography Award. It is recently published in North America by McArthur Press as Serendipity Road…a memoir.

Her newest book released August 2010 is titled Paper Clips Don’t Grow on Trees-Add Value; not cost to your bottom line is endorsed by Dr. Edward DeBono who says it “gently but firmly leads you to think seriously about cost saving”.

What people say about Catherine De Vrye

“Your presentation on strategies for success opened our eyes to limitations & our paradigms have now shifted to a higher plateau…first time we have given a standing ovation to any speaker.”

“Thought-provoking. You captured the minds of our senior executives and forced them to ponder the meaning of a customer service culture. Your drive for exceeding expectations was well and truly met when you then also filled in for a presenter who was running late. You managed the last minute request with grace, flexibility and quick thinking.”

“The response from my team has been overwhelming. The many commonsense messages & ideas you delivered on teamwork, service, delivery & personal attitude really struck a chord with all.”

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  • Good Service is Good Business
  • Building Winning Teams
  • Conquer the Challenge of Change
  • Success & Resilience – Turning Obstacles into Opportunities