June 23, 2018

Bernadette L. Harris

Bernadette L. Harris is a Tax and Forensic Accountant, bestselling author, and highly sought keynote speaker committed to “Keeping Small Business in Business.” As President of By The Book Accounting, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the country start, operate, and grow thriving ventures.

Bernadette, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), earned a B.S. in Accounting from the nation’s oldest HBCU (Historically Black College or University), Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, and later earned her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and an MS in Fraud and Forensics from Carlow University.

While at Cheyney University, she distinguished herself by serving as basketball team captain, a peer tutor, and a resident advisor. Before launching her company, By The Book Accounting, in 2001, she taught Algebra and Geometry and led a high school basketball team to a district championship during her first year of coaching. She has also taught accounting as an adjunct instructor and currently serves as the Executive in Residence for Carlow University.

Bernadette has conducted workshops for the U.S. Small Business Administration and created several workshop series of her own. She has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and other nationally known media outlets speaking on entrepreneurship and fraud prevention. She maintains a strong social media presence. Follow her @TrustBernadette on all platforms.

A native of Miami, FL, she now resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Anthony.