Bertice Berry

Sociologist, Best-Selling Author, Comedienne, and Educator

Dr. Bertice Berry is a top change management speaker, sociologist, and the best-selling author of an inspirational memoir, I’m On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head, and the hilarious best sellers Sckraight From the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If and the sequel You STILL Ghetto. Her first work of fiction, Redemption Song, published by Double Day in 2000, is also a best seller and has been praised by critics for its’ ability to entertain, inspire, and educate.

  • Bertice Berry`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Bertice Berry`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

  • Bertice Berry`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Bertice Berry`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Finding and Using Humor in the Workplace

In this keynote presentation, Bertice Berry reveals that finding and using humor in the workplace not only makes work more enjoyable, but makes it more productive and positive for everyone.

Finding Your Purpose at Home, at Work, and in the Community

Diversity speaker Bertice Berry discusses how to find a purpose in all facets of your life, and what you can do to embrace each and every activity and job as an important part of your life.

Living and Giving Your Best: Doing Better With Less

Becoming The Highest Version of Yourself

Peace in The Midst of the Storm

Living and Working in Purpose

Redefining Diversity

ReNew, ReEnergize, ReEngage

Changing The Patient's Perspective

The Space Between life and Laughter (TEDx)

Healing the Village

Women in the Workplace

About Keynote Speaker Bertice Berry

No one defies stereotypes, generalizations, or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice was told by a high school teacher that she was “not college material”. Fortunately, there was another teacher who believed that she was destined for more. Berry applied to several schools without any idea how she would pay the tuition if she were accepted. The day her application arrived at Jacksonville University in Florida, a wealthy benefactor called the Admissions Department looking for a potential student “who could swim if they had the right backing,” and might sink without it.

Bertice not only graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville where she was awarded the President’s Cup for leadership, she subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University at the age of 26. Dr. Berry taught sociology and statistics at Kent, and demonstrated that she knew a few things about humor, as well. She became one of the most popular teachers at the university; so popular, in fact, larger lecture halls had to be found to accommodate the ever-increasing number of students . “A colleague said to me, ‘You’re funny’, and I said, ‘No I’m not, I’m a scholar,” recounts Dr. Berry. It was then that she realized by using humor in her lectures to address such difficult subjects as racisms and sexism she was making a more profound impact.

Shortly thereafter, Berry left Kent to become an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, and comedienne. From 1991 through 1994 she won the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award, and was also named Campus Lecturer of the Year and Campus Entertainer of the Year. She had created a niche as both a gifted speaker with a comic edge and a comic with a serious message. Her busy schedule included over 200 appearances a year.

Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live, a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network. She’s been featured on numerous other television programs, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and more recently on ABC’s 20/20.

Dr. Bertice Berry is also the best-selling author of an inspirational memoir, I’m On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head, and the hilarious best sellers Sckraight From the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If and the sequel You STILL Ghetto. Her first work of fiction, Redemption Song, published by Double Day in 2000, is also a best seller and has been praised by critics for its’ ability to entertain, inspire, and educate. Berry followed Redemption Song, with another best seller, the Haunting of Hip Hop and took her readers on a journey to the other side. In August 2002, she released her most passionate work ever with Jim & Louella Homemade Heart-fix Remedy, a tantalizing yet spiritual tale that has won several awards. Berry’s wit and wisdom shine through in her novel about looking for love in all the wrong places; and with all the wrong people, When Love Calls, You Better Answer; released the summer of 2005. A gifted and accomplished singer, she soothes the heart and spirit with her CD, Breathe, a delicate mix of meditation and song. Her next book bridges the past with the future and is more personal;tracing the history of her family.

Her latest book, “A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets” is a personal journey of healing and wellness that resulted in a weight loss of 150 lbs. “Those who care a lot, carry a lot,” says Berry.

More About Speaker Dr. Bertice Berry:
In 2011, Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love along with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson dedicated a new Student Enrichment Facility and presented Dr. Berry with the Bertice Berry Change & Transformation Classrooms.

Dr. Berry believes that community involvement is not limited to just “writing a check” and has taken a very active role in supporting organizations that benefit those in need. She has graciously donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships and provide resource information to low-income families.

Despite all of her honors and achievements, Dr. Berry is most proud of becoming the “instant mother” to her sister’s four young children. She lives in Savannah, GA where she is active in the community. “When you walk with purpose,” Berry says, “you collide with destiny!”

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Bertice Berry did a remarkable job. People were constantly laughing, crying and clapping. They all loved her.

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