Carolyn Creswell

Founder of Carman's & Inspirational Business Speaker

Carolyn Cresswell is the founder of the successful multinational brand Carman's and a former Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. An inspirational leader, she is living proof that it is possible to be successful in business and enjoy a harmonious work like balance.

Over 20 years Carolyn has grown Carman's to become the number one selling gourmet muesli brand on Australian supermarket shelves. At the same time she has maintained a successful relationship with her husband Peter and raised four children.

Carolyn Cresswell's success comes down to her focus on producing delicious tasting products using real ingredients. She also believes having a positive attitude is paramount to having a successful business and, as an in demand keynote speaker, inspires audiences to follow her lead.

From humble beginnings where at age 18 Carolyn used to park her tiny Daewoo alongside semi-trailers in supermarket loading docks, her determination has seen Carman's build a strong following in more than 32 countries around the world.

As a proud mother, Carolyn understands the importance of producing nourishing foods for herself and her family and applies this philosophy to every Carman's product.

Her commitment to a healthy work-life balance is reflected at the Carman's office. Many employees work flexible hours and are encouraged to attend their children's special events and even take time out to pursue their own passions.

The team also enjoys eating lunch together around the boardroom table - trying to take out honours of daily quiz master. Carman's warm and encouraging environment provides a truly enjoyable place to work with a very low staff turnover.

Carolyn's business acumen has led to a number of accolades including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Carolyn sits on the Boards of The Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation, and the Human Rights Law Centre. She is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, the Australian Childhood Foundation and Patron of the St Kilda Gatehouse.

Warm and engaging, Carolyn Creswell is a keynote speaker who fills every presentation with energy, passion and positivity.

Carolyn Creswell talks about:

  • History of the Business
  • What we do & who buys it
  • Our Marketing Strategies (for example, little above the line advertising
  • Our Export Experience
  • Our Corporate Culture
  • My Key Messages
  • Impact of Children
  • Gender equality

Client testimonials

It was a great pleasure to hear of your life experiences, the opportunities presented to you and your role as the leader of a very successful business … The students found you very engaging and your presentation certainly had the desired effect of inspiring then and motivating them to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them.

Monash Minds Student Leadership Program

Can you please pass on my thanks to Carolyn for such a great presentation today. The feedback has been fantastic. I have organised this lunch annually for the past 6 years and have never felt so relaxed with a guest speaker or received a better presentation. It was just the best.

Monash University

… Thank you very much for your very informative and entertaining presentation – the twenty year journey was fascinating. The reaction to your presentation was confirmed by the applause and the number of comments I received after you left. Everybody took something away from your presentation that they can use in their own business.

Bendigo Business Council

Your talk on the story of Carman’s was truly inspiring and thought provoking, clearly demonstrating what can be achieved with passion and determination. The response amongst our staff was overwhelmingly positive …

GMK Partners

The event was received exceptionally well. Carolyn was very warm with all attendees and was willing to mingle the entire night. The presentation was one of the best we have had in 7 years of running GV BRaIN.

Greater Shepparton City Council