Official bio of Michelle Courtney Berry (for Introductions)
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 The Dalai Lama, Howard Zinn, and Dr. Maya Angelou.
As a young TV reporter, she 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. Michelle has won numerous community relations, communications marketing, women’s advocacy awards, and business citations, including an “Economic Development Champion” award from Center State CEO and recognition in her region’s “People’s Choice” Awards from the Ithaca Times Readers’ Poll as: “Best New Common Council Member,” “Best Local Legislator,” and “Best Actor/Actress.”
Michelle has appeared on “Good Morning America," PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, iHeartMedia, in Gannett Newspapers, numerous podcasts, in national TV commercials, print, and Facebook ads representing an international wellness brand, and in Men’s Fitness, in which she 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 by Oprah Winfrey and O-Magazine during the 10-year celebration of the magazine in New York City. 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.
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.