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Deshauna Barber          

2016 Miss USA, IT Analyst & Army Reserve Officer, Mental & Physical Health Advocate; Vice Chair on the Board Of Directors at Service Women’s Action Network

Deshauna Barber is a former Miss USA, women’s rights advocate, award-winning international speaker, coach, and entrepreneur with a bold approach to inspiring and encouraging her audience. Deshauna uses her experience as an Army veteran, Nonprofit Vice Chair, former Miss USA, and STEM graduate to inspire her audience. Deshauna shows the power of perseverance and tenacity to now become a top-rated speaker that is widely sought after by Fortune 500 companies. She currently works full time as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Women's Action Network, the nation's leading 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of all servicewomen and women veterans in the country.

Barber has a Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University. She also has a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University.

As Miss USA, she spent her year-long reign advocating for our men and women in uniform by encouraging our government to provide additional support for soldiers who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The 32-year-old uses her platform to encourage us to pay close attention to the mental health of our service members after deployments and their service to our country.

Barber served her country for over 11 years and when she is not advocating for veterans, she travels the world as a full-time Motivational Speaker. She has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her.

Deshauna has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox, and Friends, The Chelsea Show, Good Morning Washington, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The T.D. Jakes Show, The Nightly Show, The Source on Sirius XM, The Daily Show, Lunch Break, Live with Kelly, Good Morning America and in Glamour Magazine and Diversity Magazine.

Speech Topics

“Support Our Troops” Is More Than A Slogan- Veteran Support

Army Captain Deshauna Barber has served her country for over almost a decade. Her mother, father, sister and brother are all army veterans that have made sacrifices for this country. In this speech Deshauna emphasizes the need for organizations to say less and do more. She implores corporations to give back to the veteran community without hesitation and uses her experience as an Army officer to provide ideas and strategies that companies can use to benefit service members and their families.

A Diverse Organization Increases the Success of An Organization- Diversity and Inclusion

Deshauna discusses her challenges as a double minority in the Army and an extended career in government as an IT Analyst. She uses this presentation to equipt organizations with the tools necessary to drive an inclusive work environment for all its employees. She delivers an honest and transparent message that emphasizes the important of a diverse work environment. She provides an in depth, interactive strategic plan that helps employees and management analyze, diagnose, and address diversity and inclusion issues. She uses her experience and certification to help organizations support a strategic, sustainable approach to diversity and inclusion management.

A Hurdle Doesn’t Have to Be A Barrier – Overcoming Adversity

Deshauna has a story unlike no other. In this speech she discusses her battles and how she turned her hurdles into her stepping stones to greatness. Deshauna is a survivor of child sexual abuse and after the recent loss of her mother to lung cancer she encourages her audience to fight through their personal traumas. No one’s life is perfect or lacking obstacles. Deshauna’s story of perseverance proves that hurdles are not barriers to our goals but stepping stones to climbing over our everyday battles.

Success: 100 No’s Before A Single Yes- Inspiring Young Professionals

Deshauna is most known for her groundbreaking graduation speeches and her ability to energize her audience. In this speech she discusses her frustration with finding an entry level position after achieving her bachelor’s degree in business management. It is easy to believe that the road to success is straight and leveled. Her transparent story of her difficult journey to becoming a highly requested, six-figure motivational speaker leaves her audience feeling hopeful for each of their dreams.

I Don’t Like Being Told “It’s A Man’s World” – Women’s Empowerment

Having spent so many years in two very male dominated industries, Deshauna understands the struggle of being the only woman in the room. Her experiences in the STEM industry and the U.S. military have both shown her the importance of representation and the need to empower women to break through the glass ceilings of industries that lack a diverse footprint. She uses her platform to encourage women to be fearless, unapologetic and resilient. She inspires women around the globe to never lose sight of how important our presence is as a decision-maker. In her "I Don't Like Being Told Its A Man's World" speech she emphasizes the importance of a woman's voice being included in every space, every room and most importantly every decision.


Miss USA Deshauna Barber: Veterans sometimes 'underappreciated
Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, made history when she was crowned as Miss USA 2016 on Sunday and became the first winner who serves in the ...
Deshauna Barber: 5 Things to Know About Miss USA - ABC News
As of Sunday night, there's a new Miss USA in the District of Columbia's Deshauna Barber, an Army Reserve officer. The first lieutenant, 26, was crowned at the ...
Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber named Miss USA - NY ...
Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber was named Miss USA at Sunday night's pageant in Las Vegas.
Miss D.C., a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst, wins ...
Deshauna Barber brings home the District's first win in 14 years -- and only the third in history.
Deshauna Barber crowned Miss USA 2016 -
Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber crowned Miss USA 2016. By Tim Hume, CNN. Updated 12:25 PM ET, Mon June 6, 2016 ...

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