A&E Networks Strategy Head, Former Obama Deputy
As the youngest woman ever to be Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco certainly has some amazing stories to tell. After all, you’re talking about “the” person who had the power to decide who gets to see the president of the United States, and when. In her New York Times best-selling book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, Mastromonaco paints an intimate portrait of a president, shares how to get stuff done, and opens up about how one woman challenged, again and again, what a "White House official" is supposed to look like. Alyssa was more than a Presidential gatekeeper. She was the person responsible for running and managing the whole 18-acre White House compound – including the 1,700+ employees in the Executive branch - ensuring that the entire department ran smoothly, even when the rest of the government did not. Through her tenacity, ingenuity and sheer determination, Alyssa instituted an array of new strategies and processes that kept the White House up and running efficiently throughout a ceaseless series of budget cuts, international crises and even a government shutdown. Read More >
College of Saint Benedict Commencement Address
Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? A Book Conversation
2014 Fergus Leadership Lecture
Imagine managing the schedule of the President of the United States, plus overseeing a White House staff of 1,700 employees, managing the hiring process for all Executive political appointments and screening nominees for Cabinet positions? These are just some of the tasks Alyssa Mastromonaco performed as the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House. Read More >
As a trusted aide of President Obama for nine years, Mastromonaco shares the management strategies she used to ensure all White House operations flowed smoothly and seamlessly. She tells inside stories of her experiences and provides insights into how to draw the best out of your workforce — even in the most trying times — enabling your organization to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. Read Less ^
She had one of the most important roles in the White House: the power to decide who got to see The President of the United States. To be in such a high position, she had to demonstrate an unbreakable inner strength, which allowed her to manage some of the most powerful people in America. What does it take to become a brave leader like Alyssa Mastromonaco, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House? In this speech, Mastromonaco explains how she mastered the tenacity and decision-making needed in such a critical White House role. In addition, she shows audiences how to measure and take calculated risks, mitigate the failure of those risks and be more accepting of failure – all essential traits that contributed to her resounding success.
As the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco not only managed President Obama’s schedule, but also helped coordinate the response to all major national disasters during her time in the White House. From the most trying natural catastrophes to manmade crises, Mastromonaco was one of the key contributors to ensuring positive outcomes from negative events, even when her last minute decisions were guided by pure instinct. In her engaging speech, audiences will learn how to successfully manage crises of all sizes through teamwork, astute decision making and how to motivate people to find innovative solutions for handling emergencies so that they can achieve a positive outcome regardless of the challenges they face.
A true trailblazer for women, Alyssa Mastromonaco is the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House and the youngest female to hold a White House Chief of Staff position. Upon leaving her long time role, Alyssa’s next endeavor is to “pay it forward” — to share creative strategies and lessons learned to encourage and empower all women to be trailblazers in their own careers and lives. With such themes as the power of persistence, strategic planning, risk-taking in decision-making and mentoring, Alyssa’s extraordinary, engaging and fascinating stories illustrate true takeaways that will be impactful to all audiences. In addition, her unique insights will inspire women from all walks of life to take their game to the next level.
As the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco knows a lot about the power women possess. In this speech, Mastromonaco shares stories from her life to show women how to break the glass ceiling and establish fulfilling careers. Being one of the few people to have the rare opportunity to work alongside President Obama, she provides a unique perspective on how women can be successful in the workforce today and achieve positions that are traditionally dominated by men. Sharing her own successes and failures, Mastromonaco encourages women to lead by intelligent empowerment and become examples to future generations of girls.
As the youngest female Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco often reflects on all the inspiring teachers who empowered her and gave her the confidence to pursue her dreams. In this captivating speech, Mastromonaco shares personal stories of the people who led her down the successful path to where she is today. In addition, she speaks on why education is so important and how parents and teachers can properly mentor children so they can reach their highest potential and achieve their dreams.
"Please accept my sincere gratitude for your participation in our 101st Commencement ceremony. Your words touched many. Faculty, students, and parents alike shared with me how inspired they were by what you shared. Please know that you've played a role in the journey of 424 women as they enter into the next stage of their lives. Thank you for your wisdom and for encouraging and supporting women's education."
"Alyssa was wonderful, and our commencement weekend went perfectly. Thank you for your help in arranging her visit!"
"Alyssa was absolutely fabulous – inspiring, fresh, and real. A perfect choice to speak, especially to young women. Great life experience sharing! I really enjoyed the format and dialogue, and Alyssa's perspectives on personal responsibility, listening to one's intuition, and being open to change. I believe her experience empowers women."
"It was a wonderful evening that I was happy to be invited to. I was very impressed with the speaker's credentials as well as the conversation. She was interesting, timely, and certainly a leader. Very inspiring."