About The Speaker
Crowned Miss USA in 2016 while serving in the United States military.
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).She currently serves as the President and CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), the nation’s leading non-profit organization advocating on behalf of all service women and women veterans.
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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