Official bio of Michelle Courtney Berry
Michelle Courtney Berry is an author, speaker, trainer, coach, actor, performing artist, poet, and nature lover who helps improve the quality of people’s lives by helping them manage stress, time, conflict, and competing priorities. The Founder and CEO of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC and the Founding Director of America Rises, Inc., Michelle is an intrepid orator, a two-time TEDx speaker, an internationally-recognized meditation teacher, an internationally-certified stress reduction expert, health and wellness coach, and Reiki Master Teacher. She has also opened for and shared stages with The Dalai Lama, Howard Zinn, Nikki Giovanni, Mos Def, Amiri Baraka, and Dr. Maya Angelou.
As a young TV reporter, Michelle covered The White House and Capitol Hill during a US drought while President Ronald Reagan was in office. Michelle went on to use her journalism training to work in community relations, public relations, and crisis communications from some of America’s top colleges and universities, and some of its biggest industries, corporations, and non-profits.
To date, she has appeared on “Good Morning America," PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, iHeartMedia, in Gannett Newspapers, several podcasts, in national TV commercials, print, and Facebook ads representing an international wellness brand, and in Men’s Fitness, in which Michelle was tapped to discuss the communication style of President Donald Trump.
Her work in fundraising for children with parents in the US military was recognized nationally by Oprah Winfrey and O-Magazine during the 10-year celebration of the magazine in NYC. Michelle has also been recognized and awarded honors from national organizations, including accepting, on behalf of her chapter as its Founding President, “The Top Aspiring Chapter Award” from the National Association for Professional Women (NAPW) President Star Jones.
At the local level, Michelle has a Community Arts Partnership Award for Fiction and Poetry and has served as the second Poet Laureate of Tompkins County. In the Ithaca Times Readers Poll, she has been named the choice of the people for the following categories Best New Common Council Member, Best Local Legislator, and Best Actor-Actress.
To date, Michelle has delivered more than 3,500 keynotes, addresses, and inspirational speeches around the world. The Founder of the highly-praised Life Flow Plan ™ coaching system, she holds a graduate degree in Organizational Communication from Cornell University and a dual BA-degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric and Political Science, from Harpur College at Binghamton University where she minored in Public Affairs Communication and was her college’s Commencement Speaker. She is currently a national Ambassador for the global Simple Green Smoothies brand.
Michelle lives with her family in the “gorges” Finger Lakes Region of New York.