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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.