Catherine DeVrye

Former Executive Businesswoman of the Year as well as being named NSW Executive Woman of the year.

One of the most sought after speakers in Australia today, Catherine has worked with both business leaders and elite athletes, after previously holding several senior positions at IBM.

Best selling author of “Good Service is Good Business” and winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award, Catherine DeVrye is an outstanding communicator with proven international management experience in the private and public sectors. Her latest book ‘Hot Lemon and Honey…Reflections For Success in Times of Change’ has just been released and Sir Edmund Hillary says: “Information in the book can lead you on the road to success’ and Jack Canfield, co-author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ has labeled it ‘full of inspiration’. A former executive with IBM for a decade, Catherine held numerous roles in sales and marketing, communications and management development. She spent two years in Tokyo as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager where she gained first hand appreciation of service quality and regional uniqueness.

A former board member of the 3rd largest police service in the world, Catherine was CEO of Junior Achievement Australia and also worked for Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Education and Sport where she was involved in the establishment of the award winning Life. Be In It fitness campaign.

One of the most sought after speakers in Australia today, who’s presented on 5 continents, she has worked with business leaders and elite athletes. A keen sportswoman herself, she has cycled over the Andes, climbed 20,000 feet to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and at the end of 2001 she climbed at the South Pole. A co-author of the Sydney 2000 Official Olympic Post Games report, Catherine was given the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies. She has a heart warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada to carrying the torch.

Canadian by birth, Catherine holds a Master of Science degree and has attended short courses at Harvard and the Monash Mt Eliza Business School where she is a frequent lecturer; but believes the most important education is turning common sense into common practice!

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

Catherine DeVrye 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. And, hundreds of client testimonials prove that she's been able to achieve that!


Some of her most frequently requested presentations include:

• Good Service is Good Business
• Success…Turning Obstacles to Opportunities
• Conquering the Challenge of Change