Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer

Co-Founder


beGirl.world

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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Milestones

Milestones

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 beGirl.world, a nonprofit organization that empowers teenage girls through global education and travel.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Women's Studies
Community College of Philadelphia
Career

Career

Co-Founder

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

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Accomplishing Goals
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.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Patience, Communication skills, Managing People.

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:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

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

Because I had already proved that I was capable of doing the work, people ended up loving that I only went to community college. It was inspirational to them and that gave me confidence.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I didn't grow up with a lot of money and was sent to a boarding school for low-income children. I've also been on assisted living and have been evicted from apartments before.

School Drop-out
School Drop-out

I went to the University of Cincinnati for a little while, but I ended up dropping out because I couldn't afford it. I didn't go back to school for another 10 years.

Self-Esteem Issues
Self-Esteem Issues

I felt like a failure when I dropped out of college. I later battled with the stigma of going to community college as an adult. Later, at the White House, I had imposter syndrome. I learned to be proud of my journey.