A Story of Hope

Bertice Berry, Ph.D., Sociologist, Best-Selling Author, and mother of five

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:30 pm to 4 pm EST

In this presentation, Sociologist, best-selling author, and mother of five Bertice Berry, Ph.D. argues that how we tell our story is how we are living our lives. “If we can tell better stories, we can live more productive, harmonious, and peaceful lives,” Berry says.

Sociological Story Telling, or using story as a means of understanding, connecting, and belonging is finding a new place among scholars and business leaders. However, Berry points out that it is also an effective tool for empowering its users to present the self they want and need others to see.

Using her unique blend of storytelling and humor, Berry will make you think and feel.

Learning objectives:

  • Provide tools for effective Storytelling.
  • Utilize storytelling for framing the way others see you and the way you see yourself.
  • Empower each audience member (youth, providers, family members, and caregivers) to find the hope in their own stories.
  • Provide tools for understanding the impact of the larger societal forces (macro-level) on the life and behavior of the individuals it impacts (micro-level.)
  • Improve the awareness of cultural differences and the impact they have on how you tell and hear a story.
  • Help the audience assess their own attitudes towards cultural differences, so they may do their own work towards healing and change.


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