Official Biography For Introductions
Michelle Courtney Berry is certified and trained NLP Master Coach and Practitioner for Health and Wellness as well as an author, speaker, trainer, actor, performing artist, playwright, poet, humorist, 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, a two-time SXSW speaker, an internationally-recognized meditation teacher, an internationally-certified stress reduction expert, health and wellness coach, and both a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. She has also opened for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Howard Zinn, Mos Def, Nikki Giovanni, and Dr. Maya Angelou.
To date, Michelle has delivered more than 3,500 keynotes, addresses, and inspirational speeches around the world. She lives with her family and her cat Caitlyn in the “gorges” Finger Lakes Region of New York.
The Founder of the highly-praised Life Flow Plan™ coaching system, Michelle 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 and its first alumni Henry Luce Scholarship recipient. Michelle was also a summer scholar at both Vassar College (in Environmental Science & Literature) and a summer scholar at Georgetown University's Institute on Political Journalism (in Economics and Media Ethics).
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 for some of America’s top colleges and universities, and some of its biggest industries, corporations, and nonprofits. She has won numerous community relations, communications marketing, women’s advocacy awards, and business citations, including an “Economic Development Champion” award from CenterState 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.” She has also received awards for Excellence in Career Distinction, the Arts, and Community Service from both her alma maters (Binghamton University and Cornell University).
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 the current US President.
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, and numerous awards from women’s organizations, including recognition by Cayuga Radio Group as one of “2o Women You Should Know,” a Broome County Woman of Achievement Award, and a distinction in Career & Community Service from the National Association of University Women, among others.