Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer


Detroit, MI USA

Community college changed my life. It gave me that chance to try again and they accepted me the way I was.


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Deesha Dyer


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.
Right after high school, she attended the University of Cincinnati, but admits that she didn’t prioritize school and eventually dropped out.
Started working as an executive assistant at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and as a freelance hip-hop writer for the Philadelphia City Paper.
She had always been an activist in her community, but says she felt like she wasn’t taken seriously because she didn’t have an education.
Decided to go back to college when she was 31 years old—got rejected from several four-year schools, so she went to community college instead.
Shortly after the election of President Barack Obama, she took a risk and applied to a White House internship—got a position interning in the Office of Scheduling and Advance.
After her internship, she was offered a full-time position as a special assistant to the president and the White House social secretary.
She is now an award-winning speaker, writer, event producer, and the co-founder of, a nonprofit organization that empowers teenage girls through global education and travel.
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High School
Associate's Degree
Women's Studies
Community College of Philadelphia



I am an event consultant, speaker, nonprofit founder, and former assistant to President Obama.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I work for myself so this answer changes daily. They would see me on the computer and phone a lot. Some days in the community or at meetings.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Volunteer in whatever interests you. It will help you pin down what work you like doing.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Don't let people know you only went to community college, you won't be taken seriously."

Challenges I Overcame

School Drop-out
Self-Esteem Issues