Catherine DeVrye – Keynote Speaker

Twice voted Australian Keynote Speaker of Year — Australian Executive Woman of the Year, #1 Bestselling Author

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Specialist Subjects

  • Good Service is Good Business
  • Shift Happens - Conquer the Challenge of Change
  • Timeless Wisdom for Times of Change
  • Resilience for Results: Turn Obstacles to Opportunities through Hope & Humour
  • Don’t make Mountains out of Molehills
  • Many Individual Players: One United Team
  • Timbuktu to Kathmandu: Universal Courage, Kindness & Connection


  • English


Long before standing ovations, Catherine was in your shoes-hiring speakers for IBM events. She later vowed to not only deliver an entertaining & educational message from stage-but be easy to work with off stage.

Her impressive client list, with repeat business from Fortune 500 companies, government & associations, shows she succeeded in that promise—speaking in 32 countries on 5 continents; including to such brand names as Rolls-Royce, American Express, KPMG & 3M.

For proven risk-free results, Catherine is an inspiring communicator with hands-on international leadership experience in private & public sectors- as an executive with IBM in 3 countries-and advisor to Ministers of Education/Consumer Affairs.

She has a Master of Science degree & attended short courses at Harvard University & Melbourne Business School where she frequently lectured. She has also presented at IMD in Switzerland and delivered the Singapore Institute of Management’s 50th anniversary lecture.

Combining Gen Y energy with Baby-boomer experience, Catherine has the ‘street cred’ to deliver the results you’re after. In dynamic presentations to leaders or front line, she combines content with humor to inspire, motivate and act as a catalyst for others to dig deep and achieve the best for their organizations—and themselves.
A lifelong commitment to physical and mental wellbeing, she is an active surf lifesaver, sportswoman & adventurer. She’s trekked to Timbuktu, cycled over the Andes, scaled peaks in the Antarctic, and climbed 20,000’ to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and beyond Everest Base Camp.

In the ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’, she was given the honor to carry the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. There’s also a heartwarming story of her journey from an orphanage in Canada-to a cancer survivor-which she sometimes shares depending on your brief.

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