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Dr. Bertice Berry

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Sociologist, Author and Educator

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 Dr. Bertice Berry Biography

No one defies stereotypes, generalizations, or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Berry 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.

Berry 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 her 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 that, by using humor in her lectures to address such difficult subjects as racism 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, ABC's 20/20, and more recently on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin.

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 bestsellers 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 bestseller and has been praised by critics for its ability to entertain, inspire, and educate. Berry followed Redemption Song with another bestseller, 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's 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—in When Love Calls, You Better Answer, which was released the summer of 2005. Her book The Ties That Bind bridges the past with the future and is more personal—tracing the history of her family—and was released in January 2009. 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 pounds.

Berry is also a member of the Board of Directors for Capella University, an online university of 26,000 exceptional learners.

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 five adopted children. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is active in the community. "When you walk with purpose," Berry says, "you collide with destiny!"

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Books
When Love Calls, You Better Answer

When Love Calls, You Better Answer

Haunting of Hip Hop, The

Haunting of Hip Hop, The

Redemption Song: A Novel

Redemption Song: A Novel

You Still Ghetto: You Know You're Still Ghetto If...

You Still Ghetto: You Know You're Still Ghetto If...

I'm on My Way but Your Foot Is on My Head: A Black Woman's Story of Getting Over Life's Hurdles (Previously Published as: Bertice: The World According to Me

I'm on My Way but Your Foot Is on My Head: A Black Woman's Story of Getting Over Life's Hurdles (Previously Published as: Bertice: The World According to Me

Sckraight From The Ghetto: You Know You're Ghetto If . . .

Sckraight From The Ghetto: You Know You're Ghetto If . . .

Speaking Topics
  • Living and Giving Your Best: Doing Better With Less

  • Becoming The Highest Version of Yourself

  • Finding Your Purpose: At Home, Work and In the Community

    Dr. Bertice Berry helps people find their true purpose in life. “People who walk in purpose collide with destiny,” she says. She illustrates her points with examples from her life experiences and through her amazing and unending sense of humor. She believes that people learn better when they can laugh. In her keynote presentation, she discusses the importance of finding your purpose in life and leading others into purpose. She also discusses different learning styles and points out how crucial it is to learn the style that works best for yourself and the people you are leading. She talks about diversity from a different perspective and points out that equality is everyone getting what they need to move into purpose, especially in education.

  • The Art of Transformation

  • Peace in The Midst of the Storm

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    Booking fees for Dr. Bertice Berry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Bertice Berry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Bertice Berry for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Bertice Berry for your next private or corporate function.
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Dr. Bertice Berry

5 out of 5

Sociologist, Author and Educator

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Savannah, GA, USA
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Dr. Bertice Berry Biography

No one defies stereotypes, generalizations, or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Berry 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.

Berry 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 her 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 that, by using humor in her lectures to address such difficult subjects as racism 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, ABC's 20/20, and more recently on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin.

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 bestsellers 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 bestseller and has been praised by critics for its ability to entertain, inspire, and educate. Berry followed Redemption Song with another bestseller, 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's 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—in When Love Calls, You Better Answer, which was released the summer of 2005. Her book The Ties That Bind bridges the past with the future and is more personal—tracing the history of her family—and was released in January 2009. 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 pounds.

Berry is also a member of the Board of Directors for Capella University, an online university of 26,000 exceptional learners.

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 five adopted children. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is active in the community. "When you walk with purpose," Berry says, "you collide with destiny!"

Dr. Bertice Berry Videos

  • TEDxSTLAWRENCECOLLEGE - BerticeBerry - WalkingWithPurpose
  • Dr. Bertice Berry: A Year To Wellness - YouTube
  • Dr. Bertice Berry at AACN's NTI - YouTube

Dr. Bertice Berry Books

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Dr. Bertice Berry Speaking Topics

  • Living and Giving Your Best: Doing Better With Less

  • Becoming The Highest Version of Yourself

  • Finding Your Purpose: At Home, Work and In the Community

    Dr. Bertice Berry helps people find their true purpose in life. “People who walk in purpose collide with destiny,” she says. She illustrates her points with examples from her life experiences and through her amazing and unending sense of humor. She believes that people learn better when they can laugh. In her keynote presentation, she discusses the importance of finding your purpose in life and leading others into purpose. She also discusses different learning styles and points out how crucial it is to learn the style that works best for yourself and the people you are leading. She talks about diversity from a different perspective and points out that equality is everyone getting what they need to move into purpose, especially in education.

  • The Art of Transformation

  • Peace in The Midst of the Storm

FAQs on booking Dr. Bertice Berry

  • How to book Dr. Bertice Berry?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Bertice Berry for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Bertice Berry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Bertice Berry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Bertice Berry?

    Booking fees for Dr. Bertice Berry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Bertice Berry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Bertice Berry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Bertice Berry for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Bertice Berry for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Bertice Berry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Bertice Berry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Bertice Berry is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Bertice Berry for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Dr. Bertice Berry generally travels from Savannah, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Hill Harper, Nikki Giovanni, LeVar Burton and Linda Ellerbee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Bertice Berry for an upcoming event.

Dr. Bertice Berry Speaker Videos

  • TEDxSTLAWRENCECOLLEGE - BerticeBerry - WalkingWithPurpose
    Dr. Bertice Berry: A Year To Wellness - YouTube
  • Dr. Bertice Berry at AACN's NTI - YouTube

Dr. Bertice Berry Speaking Topics

  • Living and Giving Your Best: Doing Better With Less

  • Becoming The Highest Version of Yourself

  • Finding Your Purpose: At Home, Work and In the Community

    Dr. Bertice Berry helps people find their true purpose in life. “People who walk in purpose collide with destiny,” she says. She illustrates her points with examples from her life experiences and through her amazing and unending sense of humor. She believes that people learn better when they can laugh. In her keynote presentation, she discusses the importance of finding your purpose in life and leading others into purpose. She also discusses different learning styles and points out how crucial it is to learn the style that works best for yourself and the people you are leading. She talks about diversity from a different perspective and points out that equality is everyone getting what they need to move into purpose, especially in education.

  • The Art of Transformation

  • Peace in The Midst of the Storm

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