Deshauna Barber

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  • Miss USA (2016)
  • Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve
  • President and CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN),
  • Inspirational Voice for Survivors of Bullying, Sexual Abuse and Loss


The first Miss USA to be crowned while currently serving in the United States military, Deshauna Barber has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her. An IT Analyst for the U.S. Government for over 5 years, Deshauna was also a logistics commander in the United States Army Reserve. During her year-long reign as Miss USA in 2016, Deshauna partnered with and lent her voice to organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous other impactful organizations.

From speaking at Google to delivering a commencement address that went viral, Deshauna inspires everywhere she speaks. Offering lessons on diversity and inclusion, women's and youth empowerment, and more, her reviews from engagements include raves such as: "Deshauna is phenomenal!... She is moving, inspiring and powerful. She is also very approachable and personable..." (NAJA); "The energy you brought... really created great chemistry that cannot be duplicated... Thank you for empowering all attendees there!" (Georgetown University)

 

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Rave Reviews About Deshauna Barber
Thank you so much for your contributions to this year’s BRAVE Summit! We just wanted to express how meaningful your participation was, and in just hearing some feedback from attendees, we know how much they enjoyed hearing you speak as well. The energy you brought to the Black Girl Joy panel really created great chemistry that cannot be duplicated. You taught everyone that sometimes someone has to break down the door so that others have the opportunity to have a seat at the table. Thank you for empowering all attendees there!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Deshauna Barber
  • Black History Committee of Orange County
  • Black History of Orange County, Inc.
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Princeton University
  • Bacardi Women in Leadership Conference
  • Butler University
  • Sempra Energy
  • Virginia State University
  • YES! Women's Conference
  • Georgetown University Brave Summit
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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 ...

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. 

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 ...

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. 

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 breast cancer she encourages her audience to fight through th ...

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 breast 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.  

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 ...

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.

“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 ...

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.  

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<p>Virtual Programming: Captain Deshauna Barber commands attention as the CEO of the Service Women's Action Network, a spokesperson for Olay and a former Miss USA</p>

Virtual Programming: Captain Deshauna Barber commands attention as the CEO of the Service Women's Action Network, a spokesperson for Olay and a former Miss USA

Captain DESHAUNA BARBER is the CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), an organization supporting service women of the past, present and future. As a commanding officer, she understands the unique needs of America's female heroes, for whom she advocated during her tenure as Miss USA.  Captain Barber facilitated a commitment from Walmart to continue the work of SWAN, in partnership with Olay - for whom she is a spokesperson. The partnership donates $250 for every jar of a special camouflage packaged cream purchased in the month of September to SWAN. She recently discussed the partnership and the important work of SWAN on Good Morning America.

Captain Barber speaks with the clarity of commitment to the most important issues of our time: social justice and equity, female empowerment, and the new faces of leadership. Even in virtual events, Captain Barber has the audience applauding enthusiastically, as our nation's highest example of valor, purpose and our collective aspirations. We cannot recommend Captain Barber highly enough for your leadership, empowerment and Veteran's events, but we'll let hosts say it for us: "Deshauna was fabulous, and everyone is still raving about her visit!" (Northern Kentucky University) and "Deshauna is phenomenal! She is moving, inspiring and powerful. She is also very approachable and personable, which they loved!" (National Association of Junior Auxiliaries)

 

<p>Speaker Spotlight: Deshauna Barber</p>

Speaker Spotlight: Deshauna Barber

The first Miss USA to be crowned while currently serving in the United States military, DESHAUNA BARBER has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her. A survivor of child sexual abuse who also overcame extreme bullying from a young age and the loss of her mother to cancer, Deshauna inspires other survivors to fight through the fears of their past and encourages people to focus on loving themselves and the people around them. An IT Analyst for the U.S. Government for over 5 years, Deshauna was also a logistics commander in the United States Army Reserve. She has a passion for our men and women in uniform and has spent much of her career focusing on advocating for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During her year-long reign as Miss USA in 2016, Deshauna partnered with and lent her voice to organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous other impactful organizations.

From speaking at Google to delivering a commencement address that went viral, Deshauna inspires everywhere she speaks. Offering lessons on diversity and inclusion, women's and youth empowerment, breaking the stigma of mental illness, overcoming adversity, and more, her reviews from engagements include raves such as: "Deshauna is phenomenal!... She is moving, inspiring and powerful. She is also very approachable and personable..." (NAJA); "The energy you brought... really created great chemistry that cannot be duplicated... Thank you for empowering all attendees there!" (Georgetown University)

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On Sunday, June 5th 2016, Deshauna was crowned the first Miss USA to currently serve in the United States military. She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA partnering with and lending her voice to the organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous others.

Deshauna has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and wants to inspire other survivors to fight through the fears of their past. Deshauna has also overcome extreme bullying from a young age but after the recent loss of her mother to cancer, she wants to encourage people to focus on loving yourself and the people around you.

Deshauna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University and then went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Services at the University of Maryland University College. She has worked as an IT Analyst in The United States Government for over 5 years being employed by agencies such as the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of The Navy and lastly the Department of Commerce. Captain Deshauna Barber is a logistics commander in the United States Army Reserve. She commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and has been serving her country ever since. Deshauna has a passion for our men and women in uniform and has spent much of her career focusing on advocating for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The 27-year-old was born in Columbus, Georgia however, as the daughter of an Army Master Sergeant who served in the United States Special Forces, Deshauna relocated multiple times growing up.

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.