Berri as a master trainer, certified professional coach and facilitator who helps her clients and participants to re-frame and refresh worn out attitudes toward situations, supervisors, subordinates, spouses and significant others. An engaging and persuasive speaker, she blends wit, humor, common sense and adult education theories as she helps individuals to dread less and do more.
Her professional work history began in sales with Honeywell Inc. and while there, she successfully promoted environmental controls and energy conservation systems. As a first year rookie she was recognized as a Market Champion for the Central Area – anecdotally, she was also the first ever rookie to be returned from headquarters back to the field for additional preparation and training. This early setback was a tipping point and became both the primary reason for her early retirement from Corporate America at the age of 27 and the motivation for starting her own business and what would become, Turning Point Solutions.
Berri credits the Federal Government for her small business success as she supports numerous agencies including NASA and the Department of State. While improving performance in the Federal sector, one of her professional highlights is facilitating a two week leadership development intensive for the US Embassy and USAID Offices in Kampala, Uganda. She was so well received that she was invited to return 18 months later. In 1999, as a People-to-People Delegate to South Africa, she observed first hand adult and continuing education – post apartheid. Her interest in the international arena continued throughout a 20 year contract with the US State Department as a career transition coach and trainer for Ambassadors, Foreign Srvices Officers and Chiefs of Mission.
Berri believes and promotes continuing education, and in 2014 completed the requirements to become a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). Her areas of expertise are careers: transition and management and leadership development. To assist job changers, in 2016 she launched, “Coaches Corner” the premiere career and match making conference for professionals age 45+. This free event is a unique collaboration between Higher Ed, small business and Corporate America – within it’s first year, Coaches Corner welcomed over 300 job changers who learned how to market themselves, fight ageism and “network like crazy”!
As an industry leader, in 2012-2013, she served as President of the Maryland Career Development Association; the state’s award winning association dedicated to the professional development of career and workforce professionals. In 2015-2016 she was a Board member of the ICF Maryland Charter Chapter as Membership Chair.
The native Californian has a teenage daughter who is preparing for college. As a family, they are active in their church with her daughter being one of the youngest members of the photography ministry. Berri enjoys scrap-booking, watching “Saddle Up Saturdays” featuring her favorite westerns and reading mystery novels.