MICHELLE COURTNEY BERRY, CEO   Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC

MICHELLE COURTNEY BERRY, CEO  Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC

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Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-altering," "captivating," "courageous," and "authentically-transformative," Michelle Courtney Berry, MPS, CISD, RMT is an author, coach, speaker, trainer, and highly-regarded expert on the impact of stress on the psychology of workplace behavior, performance, and overall costs. Michelle has appeared on: "Good Morning America," PBS, iHeartMedia, in Gannett newspapers, Men's Fitness, O-Magazine, and elsewhere. She has also opened for and shared stages with icons such as Maya Angelou, Dorothy Cotton, Howard Zinn, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Since 1990, she's delivered more than 3,500 talks, keynotes, and facilitations,  and thereby empowering and inspiring thousands of visionaries, entrepreneurial leaders, hundreds of organizations, forward-thinking executives, teams, best-selling authors, C-level executives, leading healthcare associations, #1-ranked US athletes, university vice-presidents, and women's organizations to take control of their health, finances, and human happiness. A coach, trainer, inspirational speaker, and renowned facilitator, Michelle is the author of "Seven Days to Working Well, and the creator of the LifeFlowPlan™ coaching system. 

Michelle has worked with deep integrity and vision with startups to Fortune 500 companies, including global wellness leaders like Mindvalley and Noom, as well as with Verizon, MGMA (Medical Group Management Association), IBM, Universal Instruments, Raytheon Corporation, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Lourdes Hospital, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), among others. She is on People Maven's "Best Meditation Experts List," (2017); is cited as one of "9 Meditation Experts to Follow to Improve Your Life,” by Self Thrive (2016); and is listed as a “Top 10 Meditation Expert” by Asaya Mind (2015). 

As an intrepid orator, caffeinated risk taker, vegan chef, occasional fire walker, regular mountain climber, national award-winning entrepreneur, two-time TEDx speaker, transformative trainer, and an internationally-certified Reiki Master Teacher, wellness coach, and group conflict negotiator, who once covered The White House and Capitol Hill as a young on-air TV journalist, Michelle devotes her life to helping visionaries reduce the costs, fatigue, and imbalance created by unmitigated stress and burnout.  She holds a graduate degree in Organizational Communication from Cornell University, where she was a Cornell Fellow, and a dual-BA degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric and Political Science from Binghamton University, where she was a Presidential Scholar and her College's Commencement Speaker. Michelle graduated Valedictorian from her high school.

Her life's devotion and primary focus is on helping workplaces, organizations, and businesses recover from the taxing interpersonal effects and costly impacts rendered by the epidemic known as "burnout." Her branded intensive on burnout prevention and reduction is customized and individually tailored for each and every audience. Michelle loves partnering with visionary leaders to create healthy, safe, respectful, and positive workplaces that sustain, educate, enliven, de-stress, and empower teams.

Michelle leaves each group with easy-to-follow action steps and content-rich, data-driven materials, that can be used immediately to help people rapidly better manage stress and burnout, and in so doing, live their dreams and fully enjoy their wonderful lives. 

Sample Keynote Address & Intensive on Burnout Prevention and Burnout Reduction:

"Moving from Beleaguered, Burnt-Out and Badgered:  An Integrative Approach to Managing Unreasonable Stress, People & Demands" 

In Michelle's interactive, transformative and compassionately humorous workshop, you and your teams will be able to: 

  • Understand the physical, behavioral, mental and spiritual symptoms of long-term stress and burnout
  • Distinguish how unmitigated stress differs burnout - and how to spot the signs, differences and risks caused by both
  • Create customized strategies for reducing "bad stress" and recognizing the value of "good stress"
  • Reduce vulnerability to stressors, difficult people and situations, while building resilience and resistance
  • Understand how to reduce the impact of stress reactions
  • Recognize that fitness is linked to business and/or organizational capacity
  • Learn how to recognize, prevent and interrupt stress and burnout within an organization
  • Replenish or design a "stress management toolbox" 
  • Practice easy-to-replicate stress reduction techniques such as meditation, acupressure, deep breath work and more
  • Learn how to infuse mindfulness in a variety of settings - professional, hospitality, customer-focused, healthcare and more
  • Participate in fun, interactive exercises that help you de-personalize, find humor and de-stress in ANY situation! 

You'll depart from this highly interactive, engaging and collaborative workshop with tools you can use right away, while having fun building your own LifeFlowPlan™ of simple steps you can use for stress management.

You and your teams will able to explore how to talk about difficult situations without violating confidentiality and how to dive-deep into the work of living well.  Together, we'll explore the gamut of stress reduction, burnout prevention, interrupting the "burnout-cycle" and more to improve your relationships, leadership, outlook and overall quality of life! 

COACHING & MENTORING

Compassionate coaching, combined with laser-focused, mentoring are powerful and dynamic approaches that I draw upon daily. My systematic, patient, and mindful approach has helped hundreds of individuals and teams eliminate barriers that stand between them and achieving the life of their dreams. When used effectively, both can help you bolster morale, confidence and leadership skills while also fortifying all levels of your communication (interpersonal and personal). When used effectively, mentoring and coaching yield a powerful 300% ROI in your company's wellness portfolio.  As a qualified coach and mentor for over 10 years, I provide a professional executive coaching and mentoring practice for chief executives, entrepreneurs and other team leaders in both the public and private sectors. 

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TRAINING

I provide in house training design and delivery for organizations, businesses and industries. This can be a one-off workshop or or it can be a more comprehensively developed program for your team, department, or retreat engagement. Although I have several programs and packages, all are custom-tailored to reinforce your mission and overall program objectives. With over 20 years of experience in brand management, risk communication, health and wellness, as well as dealing with conflict and challenging situations, I have broad, global experience in helping groups and teams of any size reduce tension, build self-awareness and manage change, particularly as it relates to personal, professional and inter-generational challenges. 

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FACILITATION

When groups or teams desire to make changes or fundamental "upgrade" to how they do business, I'm deeply experienced in helping them get from "point A to point B." Whether it's creating a new strategy or plan, a retreat or Board meeting, a committee needing to build capacity or any group that just requires some good thinking on how to reduce conflict, I am here to help. I find that facilitation works best by building trust and collegiality at the start between the members. Whether it's through a group exercise, or us all huddled around the same document or whiteboard, what matters most is that we take your good ideas, generate new ones and come to one accord as to how you plan to proceed, work, live and play together, moving forward.  Rather than discouraging discomfort, we'll encourage it as a sign of true growth and understanding! 

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As trendy as meditation has become, we just need to get back to the basics.

 

Michelle listed as a Best Meditation Teacher in 2017 by PeopleMaven

Michelle cited as one of 10 meditation experts by Asaya Mind.

Michelle called one of 9 Meditation Experts to Follow to Improve Your Life by Self-Thrive.

As an internationally-certified NLP Life Coach, meditation teacher, Reiki Master Teacher and stress reduction expert and group conflict negotiator, Michelle Courtney Berry teaches her clients tips for beginning meditation, which are easy to learn, and provide a lifetime of healing. "It's not about "clearing your mind," but rather, paying attention to your thoughts," says Michelle. 

For nearly 20 years, Michelle has taught meditation to children and adults of all ages, to residents of Ithaca New York's historic Southside community, in preschool, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, in prisons, and with leading global thought leaders, in schools, corporations, on beaches in exotic destinations and to top professional athletes, medical professionals, hospitality industry execs and members of the Fortune 500 - all have received her easy-to-learn training and intuitive, energetic Reiki - a Japanese form of hands-on energy healing passed down from generations around the globe.  

 

 
 Michelle with client and friend  Lolla Abbas  of Mindvalley in Mexico, where Michelle taught meditation to global change agents and entrepreneurs from around the world. 

Michelle with client and friend Lolla Abbas of Mindvalley in Mexico, where Michelle taught meditation to global change agents and entrepreneurs from around the world. 

 Coaching, reiki and meditation client   Rob Pannel  l, also a fellow Cornell alumni pictured with Michelle during the Tewaaraton Foundation award ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The Tewaaraton Award (also known as the Heisman Award for Lacrosse) is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player in the United States. Pannell, a professional LAX player in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for the NY Lizards was the 2015 MLL scoring leader, a silver medalist on Team USA, and is commonly considered one of the world's best lacrosse players. 

Coaching, reiki and meditation client Rob Pannell, also a fellow Cornell alumni pictured with Michelle during the Tewaaraton Foundation award ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The Tewaaraton Award (also known as the Heisman Award for Lacrosse) is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player in the United States. Pannell, a professional LAX player in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for the NY Lizards was the 2015 MLL scoring leader, a silver medalist on Team USA, and is commonly considered one of the world's best lacrosse players. 

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About

Michelle Courtney Berry, MPS, CISD, is an expert on the impact of stress on the psychology of workplace behavior, performance, and costs. Since 1990, she's empowered and inspired thousands of visionaries, entrepreneurial leaders, C-level executives, teams, and women around the world to take control of their health, wealth, and happiness. She is the CEO/Founder of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC (an award-winning, NYS certified WBE and MBE) and the Founder and Director of America Rises, Inc. (a 501 C3 non-profit).

Michelle helps improve the quality of people’s lives by helping them better manage stress, time, conflict, and imbalance. Learn how easy, simple shifts can help you make giant leaps in your health, wealth, and outlook. Discover how miscommunication and conflict COST you time, money and hurt your health, relationships, and your bottom-line.

Michelle has appeared on: "Good Morning America," PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, iHeartMedia, in Gannett, Men's Fitness, O-Magazine, and elsewhere. She has also opened for and shared stages with international icons such as Maya Angelou, Dorothy Cotton, Howard Zinn, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Follow Michelle: Twitter - @michellecberry Linked In - /in/michelleberry/ Facebook - courtneyconsulting Instagram - @mcbithaca Book Michelle

"From original stand-up shows, hilarious performances and stunningly moving one-woman shows like Labor, Mother Land and the upcoming Cancer Land, Michelle helps us dig deeply into both familiar and uncharted lands in our search for love and a sense of universal humanity." - Michele Lesko, Editor, IthacaLit
Winner of the 2014 "People's Choice"  Award for Best Local Actor/Actress (Ithaca Times)
Michelle Courtney Berry roles -  "Mother Land" (playwright - author - part of the Kitchen Theatre Solo Play Festival appearing on the same evening as Ryan Hope Travis - Directed by Rachel Lampert);  Kate in "Good People" (Directed by Rachel Hockett of the Homecoming Players);  Various Roles in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" (Directed by Eliza VanCort and Katie Spallone of Actors Workshop of Ithaca); "Hair Monologue" from The Vagina Monologues (at Cornell University - Directed by Khamila Alebiosu ); "Breathe -The Variety Show" (playwright/author - show Directed by Ross Haarstad of Theatre Incognita); "Labor"  (playwright/author - Directed by Robert Hubbell at the Kitchen Theatre and at the Geneva Performing Arts Festival);  "The Month of Not Speaking" (playwright/author - Directed by Isaac James MacDougal at the Kitchen Theatre); Woman #3 (Cornered in the Dark, Directed by Lenelle Moïse); Clare in "Proof" (Hangar Theatre - Directed by Jaye Austin Williams); and the "Lady in Blue" in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf  (Renaissance Theatre Company). 
 
 

 "Since hanging out with the "experimental theatre crowd" while attending graduate school at Cornell, to moving on to the "slam poetry community" and then to writing plays, comedy sketches, one-woman shows, then staging, writing and directing variety shows and roasts...one thing remains constant - I LOVE to move a crowd, to hear the roaring laughter or palpable silence...and it's a blessing whenever I am able to "break down the third wall" - either in small, intimate theatres, to huge halls, or around a campfire in a remote village in Mozambique in Africa...These experiences are indelibly a part of me and I feel so much gratitude whenever I hit the stage...Michelle Courtney Berry  

 

 
 With Kristin Sad (left -and other cast not pictured) - Michelle stars in "Love, Loss and What I Wore," Directed by Eliza VanCort and Katie Spallone.  Staged at The Hangar Theatre. 

With Kristin Sad (left -and other cast not pictured) - Michelle stars in "Love, Loss and What I Wore," Directed by Eliza VanCort and Katie Spallone.  Staged at The Hangar Theatre. 

 Michelle in her solo play, "Labor," in a scene detailing her birth story. Written by Michelle Courtney Berry and directed by Robert Anthony Hubbell. World premiere - Kitchen Theatre.

Michelle in her solo play, "Labor," in a scene detailing her birth story. Written by Michelle Courtney Berry and directed by Robert Anthony Hubbell. World premiere - Kitchen Theatre.

  Michelle Courtney Berry -  Catch her next in the crowd-pleaser             "Mother Land" and the sobering collection of acquired stories known as "Cancer Land" - coming soon.   Photo by Eliza VanCort .

Michelle Courtney Berry - Catch her next in the crowd-pleaser             "Mother Land" and the sobering collection of acquired stories known as "Cancer Land" - coming soon.  Photo by Eliza VanCort.