Deshauna Barber

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  • Miss USA (2016)
  • Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve

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 recent  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.

Deshauna 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. A logistics commander in the United States Army Reserve, she was 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).

During her year-long reign as Miss USA in 2016, she partnered with and lent her voice to organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous others. Currently, Deshauna is receiving her Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion Certification at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  

Featured on countless TV programs from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America to The Steve Harvey Show and The Rachael Ray Show, Deshauna inspires everywhere she speaks. She offers lessons on diversity and inclusion, women’s and youth empowerment, breaking the stigma of mental illness, overcoming adversity, and more. 

 

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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
  • Princeton University
  • Bacardi Women in Leadership Conference
  • Butler University
  • Sempra Energy
  • YES! Women's Conference
  • National Association of Junior Auxiliaries
  • Georgetown University Brave Summit
  • Virginia State University
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What Does Diversity and Inclusion Actually Mean?

Deshauna discusses her challenges as a double minority in the Army and her 6 year career as an IT Analyst in the government. She encourages the importance of creating a supportive work environment that facilitates retention and accelerates the advancement of diversity in organizations and companies. ...

Deshauna discusses her challenges as a double minority in the Army and her 6 year career as an IT Analyst in the government. She encourages the importance of creating a supportive work environment that facilitates retention and accelerates the advancement of diversity in organizations and companies. 

Build Them Up Before The World Tears Them Down- Empowering Our Youth

Deshauna wants to encourage our youth to not allow their circumstances to dictate their future. Due to her experience with child sexual abuse she understands how impactful it is to empower our youth during the beginning stages of their lives.  She wants to use her voice to encourage, inspire and str ...

Deshauna wants to encourage our youth to not allow their circumstances to dictate their future. Due to her experience with child sexual abuse she understands how impactful it is to empower our youth during the beginning stages of their lives.  She wants to use her voice to encourage, inspire and strengthen our youth! 

Breaking The Stigma of Invisible Scars- Mental Illness

As a Captain in the US Army Reserve, Deshauna desires to encourage overall support to our troops and their families. She is a huge advocate for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and believes in using her voice to raise awareness on the issues suffered by our troops and their families.  ...

As a Captain in the US Army Reserve, Deshauna desires to encourage overall support to our troops and their families. She is a huge advocate for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and believes in using her voice to raise awareness on the issues suffered by our troops and their families. 

Business And Opportunity- Inspiring Professionals

Deshauna has a bachelors degree in Business Management and a masters degree in Computer Information Systems and Services.  As a millennial, Deshauna understands the struggle of up and coming young professionals. She uses her 6 years of government experience and 8 years of army knowledge to teach you ...

Deshauna has a bachelors degree in Business Management and a masters degree in Computer Information Systems and Services.  As a millennial, Deshauna understands the struggle of up and coming young professionals. She uses her 6 years of government experience and 8 years of army knowledge to teach young professionals how to properly enter the work industry of their choice. She is now a successful entrepreneur filled with information she is ready to share with the world. 

Facing Our Hurdles Head On

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 your past. Deshauna has overcome bullying and after the recent loss of her mother to cancer she ...

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 your 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.

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

Due to Deshauna’s experience in 2 male dominated organizations, the technology industry and the U.S. Army, she is a big advocate for women empowerment. Deshauna encourages women to break through their glass ceilings and chase their dreams.   ...

Due to Deshauna’s experience in 2 male dominated organizations, the technology industry and the U.S. Army, she is a big advocate for women empowerment. Deshauna encourages women to break through their glass ceilings and chase their dreams.  

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Biography

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.