Shari Fitzpatrick is the creator of the world’s famous line of gourmet-dipped strawberries, the renowned Shari’s Berries. Shari’s love affair with strawberries began as a little girl with a strawberry patch that her Father planted for her each summer. They quickly became her favorite fruit. Later while working as a mortgage broker in Los Angeles she began making potential clients handmade chocolate dipped strawberries. The incredible popularity of these memorable edible gifts soon outpaced the success of her original career.
In 1989, with a $1,500 cash advance, having just moved to a new town, Shari took her passion and hobby of chocolate dipping strawberries and turned it into a business.
An acclaimed inspirational speaker, and now author, Shari entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds while sharing her down-to-earth, heartfelt business story. Appealing to anyone who has a dream, she’ll take your group on an emotional journey as she intertwines the successes in her life along with her mistakes. Shari’s book, “Berried in Chocolate,” points out the importance of family, faith and fearlessness while revealing how God became her best business partner and that faith and street smarts can be just as useful as a college degree.
Today Shari’s new boutique brand of gourmet chocolate dipped gifts can be exclusively found at BerriedinChocolate.com and are shipped nationwide all year round.
For 27 years, Shari’s story and her creations have attracted international attention through appearances in O Magazine, on the Today Show, on Food Network, The Apprentice, In Style Magazine, People Magazine, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, QVC, HSN and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul.
“Shari, you were a hit! Several attendees commented that your story resonated with what they were facing in their businesses; your words gave them hope and courage. Thank you for keeping the room engaged—they asked for more! Well done!”
- Aric Resnicke, Founder, Christian Business Roundtable, Sacramento, CA
“You gave a very inspiring presentation of your experiences; I’ve had problems lately and through you I was able to find strength - as so many here did, through your presentation.”
-Anna Buller, Bayside Church Thriving Women’s Conference Granite Bay, CA
“I appreciate your faith in God and acknowledgement of Jesus as your Savior and the fact that you chose not to guard or hide that information. Your faith gave me hope to keep pushing towards my goals.”
-Emma Cruz, Spark and Hustle Women’s Conference, San Francisco, CA
“Your story “wowed” our team! You connected your passion with our industry and motivated everyone-responses were overwhelmingly positive, thank you!I highly recommend your professional speaking services!”
– Paul Porter, President, Premier Pools
“I spoke to attendees and fielded emails, texts and social media posts and was amazed at all the feedback; your talk was all the rage. All were inspired and the content has given them the tools and hope just when it was needed most.”
– Brian Sharp, Go BIG Company