Transform Your Event with Transformational Speakers!
CARMEN RENEE BERRY
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Nationally Recognized Keynote, Seminar & Retreat Leader
- 15 Minutes Off: When Time Ran out in Kathmandu – An Inspirational Adoption Story
- The More Factor: Rediscovering a Forgotten Ancient Truth
- Bye-Bye Burnout: How to Save Your Sanity in a Crazy-Making World
- Mutliple Training Programs for Aspiring Authors
CARMEN BERRY, is a New York Times bestselling author, inspirational speaker and skilled workshop trainer. She has written, co-authored and ghost written over thirty books, published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Thomas Nelson and smaller publishers. Having been translated into nine languages, her books have sold over a million and a half copies worldwide. Carmen tailors her message to meet the unique needs of each audience. Her areas of expertise include: overcoming adversity, stress management and burnout prevention, recovery from trauma and addictions and training for aspiring authors.
June 2006: Against a backdrop of a ten-year civil war ravaging the small country of Nepal, Carmen sat in the U.S. Embassy in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu clutching Jenee, the baby girl Carmen had fought to adopt for the past two years. Having battled rampant corruption in Nepal’s legal system, she had only two days left on her visa before being forced to leave her baby behind. Carmen would not be allowed back into the country for another eight months. How would such abandonment impact Jenee? What would happen to Jenee without her mother to care for her?
The State Department told her the Nepalese army was to stand down to allow thousands of Maoist rebels to invade the city. The U.S. Embassy would close and perhaps evacuate staff from the country. Little hope was offered for Carmen to be able to leave with Jenee in her arms.
In her presentation, Fifteen Minutes Off, Carmen shares the nail-biting, sometimes humorous and always heart-warming celebration of a mother’s tenacious love coupled with the unwavering support and prayers of her own mother and friends. Audiences are inspired to recognize that, regardless of how dire a situation may seem, we are not left alone, helpless or hopeless. We may not see it at the time, but behind the scenes our lives are impacted by a God’s perfect timing and unfailing love.
STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND COACHING: In 1984, Carmen suffered serious burnout as a social worker. Her first book, When Helping You Is Hurting Me, was based in that difficult, yet life-changing experience. Since then, she has provided individual and group coaching, and has trained thousands of professional and lay persons in the art of self-care and stress management.
BOOK COACH: Addtionally, Carmen coaches emerging self-help book authors. She is the co-founder of Profitable Authors Institute, an online school comprised of publishing experts who teach aspiring authors how to make an impact and an income through writing, publishing and promoting their books.
SPEAKING: Carmen is an experienced, engaging speaker having presented to professional, church and community groups around the country for the past thirty years. She is available to speak at your organization or event.
MEDIA: For the past three decades, Carmen has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows including Oprah, Montel, the Gail King Show, Sally and local area network and cable talk and news shows. Her story has been featured in People Magazine, Newsweek and USA Today, as well as numerous newspapers and niche magazines.
NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: In addition to her writing, Carmen has had a second career in child-advocacy and non-profit management at a variety of agencies including Child S.H.A.R.E., Children’s Institute International, Intercommunity Child Guidance Center and Pacific Clinics’ Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program.
MINISTRY: Carmen has served in a variety of ministry roles, including youth leader at Palmdale Church of the Nazarene, therapist at the counseling center at Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene, grant writer at the Bresee Foundation and the Golden Gate Community, and co-founder of the National Association for Christian Recovery and co-founder of Hope Partnership Nepal. She holds a local ministers license from Glendora Community Church, and is working toward ordination with the Church of the Nazarene.
PERSONAL LIFE: As a single, adoptive parent, Carmen lives Glendora, California with her amazing daughter, whom she adopted from Nepal.
PRESENTATIONS FOR WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, CHURCHES and CORPORATIONS
FIFTEEN MINUTES OFF: When Time Ran Out in Kathmandu – An Inspirational Adoption Story
June, 2006–Against a backdrop of a ten-year civil war ravaging the small country of Nepal, Carmen sat in the U.S. Embassy in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu clutching Jenee, the baby girl Carmen had fought to adopt for the past two years. Having battled rampant corruption in Nepal’s legal system, she had only two days left on her visa before being forced to leave her baby behind. The State Department told her the Nepalese army was to stand down to allow thousands of Maoist rebels to invade the city. The U.S. Embassy would close and may evacuate staff from the country. Little hope was offered for Carmen to be able to leave with Jenee in her arms.
Inspirational, nail-biting and heart-warming, Carmen’s presentation tells of the difficult yet ultimately triumphant adoption of Jenee from Nepal. Enduring threats of losing her daughter from corrupt officials, suffering from food and energy shortages and surviving a revolution with two weeks of shoot-to-kill curfews, Carmen celebrates the strength of the bond with her own mother, the courageous commitment of friendship and the evidence of God’s intervening love. Carmen’s story inspires audiences to persevere for the sake of love, and achieve much more than most imagine.
BYE-BYE BURNOUT: How to Save Your Sanity in a Crazy-Making World
It’s a fast-changing, challenging world, and we women are expected to care for everyone around us, giving us additional stress to manage. Drawing from her own personal burnout experience and her best-selling book, When Helping You Is Hurting Me: How to Escape the Messiah Trap, Carmen gives clear guidance on self-care, setting boundaries and making sure we women get time to recharge and enjoy life. Additional books Carmen has written on this topic include Is Your Body Trying to Tell You Something? and Coming Home to Your Body.
YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE: Turn What You Have into All the You Need
Based in her own story of overcoming financial loss due to the Recession of 2008, Carmen tackles one of Jesus’ most difficult and overlooked teachings:Those who have, more will be given to abundance. Those who do not have, what little they have will be taken away.;Emerging from this dark period in her life with a message of hope and empowerment, Carmen reveals an ancient yet often overlooked path to overcome fear and loss, and to actively engage in a powerful spiritual dynamic that promises more of all that you need. Rediscover the Forgotten Teaching of Jesus.
PRESENTATIONS FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS
MAKE AN IMPACT AND AN INCOME: 7 Keys to Becoming a Profitable Author
Carmen shares the 7 keys to turning your passion into a profitable book. Today’s average author in today’s market makes a mere $100 in annual profit, leaving most authors disappointed with the outcome of their investment. Learn what you need to know that will put you into the top 10% who are making an impact and an income.
WHAT TYPE OF WRITER ARE YOU? Increase Your Books Sales Up to 88%
The first step in becoming a profitable author is to write a great book. Carmen reveals the four types of writers and helps participants discover their unique writing style. Once equipped with this vital information, authors can tap into their personal creative process and write one top-quality book after another. In fact, readership can be expanded as much as 88%.
3 PROFITABLE PUBLISHING PATHS: Which is the Best Match for Your Book?
In a rapidly changing publishing industry, it can be very difficult to stay current with publishing options. Carmen provies an overview of the latest trends and identifies the three possible options to publish your book. Publish with confidence and position your book for maximum sales.f the latest trends and identifies the three possible options to publish your book. Publish with confidence, and position your book for maximum sales.