HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

C. Perry Yeatman

Senior Executive and Expert on Women and International Careers


  • Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Guide to Fast-Track Career Success
  • The Changing Role of Women Managers
  • The Benefits of Feminine Leadership
  • Women's Pursuit of Work-Life Balance
  • Making it to the Top in PR, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Communications
  • An American in Asia: Navigating the Business Culture in Asia
  • Competing in the Global Marketplace
  • Being a Woman in the Global Marketplace
  • Your Career, Your Terms



C. Perry Yeatman is co-author with Stacie Nevadomski Berdan of Get Ahead by Going Abroad:A Woman’s Guide to Fast-Track Career Success. She is an expert on women and international careers, and the senior vice president of corporate affairs at Kraft Foods. In this role, she is one of the top 50 executives and a key advisor to the CEO of the world’s second-largest food and beverage company. After stints in Singapore, Moscow and London, she returned to the U.S., where by the age of 36 she had become a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company and increased her annual compensation by more than twenty fold in just 10 years. She says, “I never would have gotten there had I not gone overseas.” She is an in-demand speaker for companies, conferences, and universities, and has spoken all over the world from Sydney to San Diego, from Chicago to New York. Yeatman can be booked individually or jointly with co-author Berdan (see Berdan’s full bio on this site).

In the ground-breaking Get Ahead by Going Abroad Yeatman and Berdan show that as companies expand their international operations, smart women who are prepared to “go global” by pursuing opportunities overseas can dramatically accelerate their careers, enjoying high-profile projects, bigger promotions, and impressive financial rewards.

Since women still face major obstacles breaking into senior ranks (according to a recent Catalyst census survey, it can take women 40 years to reach parity with men in corporate officer ranks), overseas experience is one of the best ways to fast track their careers and catapult them to success. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal recognized the trend of career advancement through working abroad and included advice from Berdan.

Yeatman and Berdan, who dramatically accelerated their own careers in this fashion, reveal the important career opportunity this trend poses for women. They share useful anecdotes from their own and others’ experience, and provide the go-to resource for women – single or married – at every level: young professionals seeking to break out from the pack, mid-career women interested in new challenges with increased responsibility, or senior executives in pursuit of positions in executive management. They give successful strategieson how to land the assignment, succeed in the job, and enjoylife abroad.

Prior to joining Kraft, Yeatman spent more than 10 years with two leading global communications firms, Burson-Marsteller and Shandwick Plc.  In 2000, she moved “in-house” as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Unilever North America.  In this role, she was responsible not only for corporate affairs but also for serving on the Unilever HPC-NA Board (the most senior management group within Unilever NA) and the Board of the Unilever US Foundation.  Her corporate affairs expertise is further enhanced by her breadth of international experience and in-depth understanding of business and leadership.  From 1990-2000, Yeatman lived and worked overseas – across more than 50 countries, based first in Singapore, then Russia and finally the UK.  In her various roles, she has served not only as a senior corporate affairs counselor, but also as a General Manager.

Yeatman’s work has received local, regional and national awards and recognition, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil and Gold Sabre awards. She is currently an active member of the Arthur W. Page Society and The PR Seminar (the two most influential and prestigious organizations for corporate communications professionals in America). In 2005, she served as an adjunct professor at the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.  There she taught courses on globalization, ethics and diversity. Outside of work, Yeatman currently serves on the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Yeatman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. She resides in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband and daughter.

Praise for C. Perry Yeatman’s Talks

“Perry was fabulous, no coffee needed! Our group was energized by her spirit, enlightened by her expertise, and entertained by her stories. Her broad experiences and deep subject knowledge more than satisfied our group of top marketing executives, evidenced by the compliments afterward. I would definitely recommend Perry to other groups wanting knowledge and true stories on conducting Global Business.“

— Juli Bohm, Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG)

“Perry’s impeccable presentation on how to get ahead by going abroad, as well as her insightful and engaging disucssion of her personal experiences, contributed greatly to the success of the program. We received a lot of positive feedback from the breakfast attendees who commmented in their evaluations that they appeciated the energy, enthusiasm and practical advice – such as how to best take advantage of opportunities to further one’s career, ensure financial secruity, and make a tangible difference in one’s community.”

— Kaarina Koskenalusta, President and CEO, Executives’ Club of Chicago

“Perry Yeatman was one of the three thought leaders at the ‘Women in International Business’ Dinner hosted by Royal Roots Global Inc. on May 22, 2008. She was open and candid, she shared her personal experience in a light-hearted manner while the information was hard-core for women to succeed in the international business arena.”

— Anita T. Yang, Managing Director, Royal Roots Global Inc.

“Perry brought great insights, candor and humor to the program and, as a result, we received wonderful feedback from attendees as well as some very nice publicity.”

— Gayle Taryn, Communications Director, The Advertising Club

"Watching a group of talented, enthusiastic women, listen to and absorb new ideas and then network and establish new contacts, is what a conference should be! Perry's role in making this possible can not be underestimated. Below are specific comments about Perry's presentation."
-- Mary V.L. Wright, Program Director, The Conference Board

"Very engaging speaker... Very inspiring... Dynamic... Creatively interactive... Great presenter."

"Perry Yeatman's keynote speech had a strong impact on the crowd and I continue to hear from participants that her speech really resonated with them and was truly inspirational. We appreciated the energy, humor, and passion that she shared during her empowering message."
-- Kimberly Whinna, MBA Candidate, Class of 2009,Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

"Perry was AWESOME!!! All of our guests were 'wowed' by her energy, enthusiasm and message. Perry's presentation exceeded our expectations. She was able to speak very directly, professionally and personally to our theme of 'Going Global.' She was dynamic and connected really well with our broad audience of alumni, faculty and students."
-- Wendi A. Ailor, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, Purdue University

Praise for Get Ahead by Going Abroad:

 “Yeatman and Berdan capture the excitement, challenge, and opportunity of an overseas assignment and how it can accelerate the career of a woman in business. With the insight of personal experience and the benefit of extensive interviews with other women who have leveraged international experience for career success, they have written an excellent, practical guide for any woman considering this option in today’s global economy.”
—Chad Holliday, Chairman & CEO, DuPont

“Pack your bags. Get Ahead by Going Abroad is your essential guide to moving ahead in your field. The stories of highly successful women who have left the beaten (traditional) path for global opportunities will truly inspire you. Why pound the pavement in Peoria, when you could be strolling in Paris? Get Ahead by Going Abroad is your passport to a whole new life.”
—Carolyn Tieger, Partner and Global Public Affairs Leader, Porter Novelli

Get Ahead by Going Abroad is a ‘must-read’ for all women who aspire to climb the corporate ladder. It’s a first-hand account of challenges women face in today’s expanding global economy and how they were overcome. An amalgamation of both serious and hilarious real-life experiences, need-to-know advice, and easy reading – just the book for the working woman who wants to get ahead in business.”
—Harold Burson, Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller

 “Fun and informative. A must-read for all women who aspire to have exciting international careers.”
—Irene B. Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kraft Foods, Inc.

 “This well-researched book confirms what many of us have come to suspect. Women executives with overseas experience have a far greater chance of accelerated advancement than their stay-at-home sisters. Why this should be the case is fully explored and quite fascinating.”
—Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP

 “As a worldwide movement dedicated to the leadership development of girls and young women, Girl Scouting applauds Yeatman and Berdan’s amazing effort to highlight cross-cultural understanding and international experience as critical to professional success in today’s competitive, global marketplace.”
—Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

Get Ahead by Going Abroad shows that women can have fun AND jump-start their careers by spending time abroad. What a great way to enhance cultural sensitivity, self-confidence, flexibility, and develop a zeal for adventure – all attributes of a successful and interesting career woman. I learned these lessons during my three years in Paris and was delighted to see a book that shares similar stories. I cannot think of wiser advice for young women, and even the seasoned professional will pick up some pearls.”
—Adrienne Graves, Ph.D., President and CEO, Santen, Inc.

Get Ahead by Going Abroad explains how working overseas enables you to learn more about yourself and your world, and how this knowledge will lead to success in your career. Whether you work for a non-profit or a corporation, global experience counts.”
—Bill Johnston, President, Jane Goodall Institute

Get Ahead by Going Abroad gives aspiring career women practical, easy-to-use advice on making the most of their international experience. Having lived outside the U.S. for many years, I endorse the concepts outlined in this book, and I would have benefited from having access to Get Ahead by Going Abroad before beginning my international career.”
—Joyce E. Erony, Managing Director, Sanders Morris Harris, Life Science Opportunities Funds

“Perry was fabulous, no coffee needed! Our group was energized by her spirit, enlightened by her expertise, and entertained by her stories. Her broad experiences and deep subject knowledge more than satisfied our group of top marketing executives, evidenced by the compliments afterward. I would definitely recommend Perry to other groups wanting knowledge and true stories on conducting Global Business.“

—Juli Bohm, Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG)

“Watching a group of talented, enthusiastic women, listen to and absorb new ideas and then network and establish new contacts, is what a conference should be! Perry’s role in making this possible can not be underestimated. Below are specific comments about Perry’s presentation.”

“Very engaging speaker… Very inspiring… Dynamic… Creatively interactive… Great presenter.”

— Mary V.L. Wright, Program Director, The Conference Board