152 Deesha Dyer on Her Journey from Hip Hop Journalism in Philly to the Obama White House


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The Show This is a breathtaking underdog and reinvention story. Perhaps the most remarkable I've heard on Behind the Brilliance. Deesha shares her journey from boarding school to dropping out of college because she ran out of money to becoming a White House intern at 30 years old to becoming the Social Secretary under the Obama Administration. She opens up about the imposter syndrome, setbacks, and insecurities she faced, and how she conquered them all.

The Guest Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, Creative Event and Strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. The Philadelphia native became a White House intern at the age of 30 and completed a seven-year tenure there that honed her expertise in event coordination, logistics, protocol, and statecraft. Her storied career is unconventional at best, with themes of reinvention, drive, and a commitment to community service integrated throughout.

In this episode, we cover:

-how Deesha bounced back from setbacks to finish college in her early 30s

-how Deesha went from community activist in Philly to White House Social Secretary (it's an epic tale)

-Deesha's favorite travel memory from traveling the world with the President

-Deesha's secrets for throwing a great party

-how Deesha conquered Imposter Syndrome

-the nonprofit Deesha started, Be Girl World

-and much more!

Say hi to Deesha on Twitter: @deeshadyer

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB152

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