Who is LaSonya Berry?
Mom, Author, Speaker, Engineer, HR Executive, Educator, Coach
LaSonya Berry's background is not from long history of business leaders. She grew up in rural South Carolina where the likelihood of success was less likely. She persevered through generational challenges, economic disparities, and her self inflicted limitations. As an overweight child and teenager, she fell to the belief that she was not pretty enough or smart enough. She indulged herself in learning and reading. She not only graduated from high school childless but succeeded in the study of Industrial Engineering at the prominent Clemson University and later received a Master's Degree in Human Resources from the same university.
LaSonya Berry has an exceptional track record of helping businesses and individuals achieve their full potential. A dynamic and award winning leader, she has lent her expertise to a wide array of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as IBM and General Electric for over 18 years. Her propensity for achieving significant bottom-line results earned her IBM’s COM Award and the prestigious IBM Leadership Award.
Since being at the helm of her firm (McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.), the company was recognized with the coveted Trailblazer Award by GWBC, a region of the Women Business Enterprise National Council. She has been awarded one of the 25 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, one of Charleston Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, and one of WBENC’s Business Stars. In 2015 (partnership) and 2014 her company made the exclusive HR industry Leadership 500 Excellence Award for leadership development and programs specifically for individuals in STEM areas.
She has served on various boards including the Georgia SHRM State Council. A two-time Clemson University alumna, LaSonya holds a BS in Industrial Engineering, an MS in Human Resource Development, and ABD in Educational Leadership. She frequently writes human resources content and publications, is featured in several magazines, conference speaker, and she is a Performance Coach to CEOs. LaSonya authored several books including “101 Power Tips for the Workplace” and the "CEO Strategy Planner" for business owners.
She has always been a giver and one to help others. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required..." (Luke 12:48) She has proven to be a coach that strategically help others to get to the next level. Those efforts have afforded her the title "Performance Coach". LaSonya's mantra is "To help Others be Their Personal BEST".
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