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Deshauna Barber is a top requested black, female motivational speaker. She is heavily inspired by Iyanla Vanzant and uses her own twist of comedy and story telling to inspire her audience. As a Top Female Speaker, Deshauna has made it her life goal to Encourage, Inspire and Strengthen the people around her. Deshauna is a survivor of child sexual abuse and wants to inspire other survivors to fight through fears of their past. Deshauna has overcome bullying and after the recent loss of her mother to cancer she wants to encourage people to focus on loving ourselves and the people around us.
Barber has a Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College. Deshauna Barber is at the forefront of advocating for diversity and inclusion in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and beyond. offers valuable insights into the importance of diversity in driving innovation and success. Deshauna's speeches resonate not only with tech enthusiasts but also with individuals and organizations seeking to cultivate inclusive environments that foster growth and collaboration.
Barber's debut self-help book "Pretty Ugly Lessons" is a self care, self love and self improvement book that is filled with life stories, life lessons and strategies to overcoming adversity. Through practical guidance, inspiring stories, and soul-nurturing exercises, you will learn how to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. This book is a gentle companion that will hold your hand as you navigate the ups and downs of my life's lessons, providing you with the tools and insights to transcend self-doubt, fear, and insecurities. It is a testament to the incredible potential that lies within each of us to rewrite our stories and embrace a life of authenticity, purpose, and unconditional self-love.
Deshauna became the youngest president in history hired to Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) in 2019. SWAN is the nation’s leading 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of all service women and women veterans in the country.
Barber served her country for over 11 years. She commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and served her country proudly following the foots steps of her mother, father, sister and brother. Deshauna has a passion for our men and women in uniform. She has spent much of her career focused on advocating for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
On June 5th 2016, Deshauna was crowned the first Miss USA to actively serve in the United States military. She spent her reign partnering with the USO, Smiletrain, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous organizations that focus on the betterment of people around the world. Deshauna has a bachelors degree in Business Management and a masters degree in Computer Information Systems and Services. She has worked in the government for over 5 years and recently left her IT Analyst position at Department of Commerce to become Miss USA 2016.
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