deesha dyer

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Deesha did a fabulous job engaging with our Women’s and Gender Studies students! Her experiences and insights about the gender and racial politics of international diplomacy had my students talking for days. She was down-to-earth, personable, and super generous with her time, answering questions and interacting with students long after her talk ended.
— University of Wisconsin Whitewater


May 7, 2019 - In Conversation with Valerie Jarrett, The Wing Flatiron - New York, New York

May 30, 2019 - In Conversation, Women in Nonprofit Leadership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 5, 2019 - Bronx Community College - New York, New York

July 20, 2019 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (details forthcoming)

July 26, 2019 - In Conversation ,White House Historical Association, Washington, DC


October 7, 2017 / Keynote - Sparked to SOAR Summit - Las Vegas, Nevada

October 12, 2017 / In Conversation - Together Tour - Washington, DC

October 14, 2017 - TEDx Sedona - Sedona, Arizona

November 10, 2017 - Honoree at Black Girls Vote Gala - Baltimore, Maryland

December 3, 2017 - Keynote - Women's Leadership Institute - Amelia Island, Florida

December 9, 2017 - Panel - FGF Weekend - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

February 28, 2018 - Greater Jackson Arts Council, Black History Month Event at Tougaloo College - Woodsworth Chapel. 10:00am - 11:00am, FREE. Text 'DEESHA' to 44222 to reserve your seat, Jackson, MS

March 14, 2018 - Panel, The Montiers - An American Story - Philadelphia, PA , Click here for article detailing the Montier Family story. 

March 15, 2018 - Washington, DC (PRIVATE)

March 17, 2018 - Keynote - National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Madame CJ Walker Luncheon - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 29, 2018 - Talk - Women's History Month Celebration at Rutgers University - Camden, NJ

April 13, 2018 - In Conversation - National Association of Black Journalists Region Conference Opening - New York, NY

April 28, 2018 - Panel - PowHERful Summit - Washington, DC (for girls/women ages 14-23)

May 3, 2018 - Panel - Philly Tech Week - Philadelphia, PA

June 2, 2018 - Commencement Address, Verde Valley School - Sedona, Arizona 

June 7, 2018 - In Conversation - Executive Leadership Support Summit Forum - Washington, DC 

June 14, 2018 - Moderator - Beating the Odds Summit, Washington, DC 

July 27, 2018 - In Conversation, Washington DC (Details Forthcoming)

July 28, 2018 - Game Changers Empowerment Breakfast - Harrisburg, PA

August 23, 2018 - North Carolina Justice Center Luncheon: Let Her Rise: A Conversation on Workplace Equity for Women - Charlotte, NC

August 25, 2018 - Keynote Conversation - Duke Women's Center Annual Breakfast - Durham, NC

September 25, 2018 - Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum - New York, NY —— BUY WEST WINGERS BOOK HERE!

October 5, 2018 - Conference for Community College Advancement - Rancho Mirage, CA  

 October 13, 2018 - In Conversation - Women4Change Indiana - Indianapolis, IN

November 17, 2018 / Panel - United State of Women, Galvanize PA - Philadelphia, PA

December 12, 2018 - 92Y Conversation for West Wingers Book - New York, NY : BUY WEST WINGERS BOOK HERE!

February 1, 2019 / In Conversation- Community College for International Development Annual Summit - San Diego, California

February 3, 2019 / In Conversation - Butler University SGA Leadership Summit - Indianapolis, Indiana

February 5, 2019 - Conde Nast ‘Unlock Your Potential’ event - New York, New York

February 28, 2019 - Panel, The Halls of Hope: Voices from Obama’s West Wing - Brooklyn, New York

March 1, 2019 - In Conversation, West Side High School, Newark, New Jersey

April 1, 2019 - Panel, Women Who Championed Change in the Obama Administration, Harvard University - Boston, Massachusetts

April 24, 2019 - In Conversation, The Creative Collective - The Power Within - Brooklyn, New York

May 5, 2019 - Keynote, Women In Travel Summit - Portland, Maine


Bringing over 10 years of dynamic, energetic and relatable public speaking experience to the forefront, Deesha has an authentic perspective on a wide range of topics that will inspire, captivate, educate and motivate. Deesha is available for academic, global, private, government, and community engagements.

Deesha can be contacted for speaking engagements at


When Deesha dropped out of college at age 17 and went back at age 30, the last place she thought she would end up is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In this talk, Deesha recounts how she pressed her reset button and used personal experience and willpower to break barriers to become a Senior Official for the first African-American President. Participants will leave energized, inspired and focused on achieving goals that will empower their workplace, home life and overall wellness.


In this discussion, Deesha will navigate you through hiring people of color, not just as entry and mid-level staff, but also in executive positions where decisions are made and their voices are heard. You will hear about the challenges and benefits of creating opportunities for leadership, mentorship and promotion for diverse staff in any productive, collaborative space.


Deesha will navigate the audience through a step-by-step process of planning the perfect social affair tailored to the needs of the invited guests. In this talk, participants will also learn about the protocol of hosting foreign visitors to maintain and positively enhance relationships to benefit the company's global reputation and revenue.