Former Obama Deputy, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Crooked Media Contributor
As the youngest woman ever to be Deputy Chief of Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco kept our country running through a government shutdown, natural disasters, national tragedies and history-making events. A key figure in the "Sisterhood of the Administration 44," she made the presence of women felt and their voices heard – redefining the traditional White House boy's club culture. Mastromonaco chronicled her time in Obama’s inner circle in her acclaimed New York Times bestseller Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House. She followed with her current book, So Here's the Thing...: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut, described as a "twenty-first century girl’s guide to life." Featuring reflections, essays and interviews on topics important to young women, ranging from politics and career to motherhood and making and sustaining relationships in the age of social media, So Here's the Thing showcases Mastromonaco's signature humor and disarming candor. Now speaking, writing and commenting on subjects ranging from our current political landscape to how to lead teams and handle crises, Mastromonaco combines an unfiltered style and irreverent humor with wisdom and stories gained in the White House, corporate America and as an outspoken voice in media. Read More >
College of Saint Benedict Commencement Address
Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? A Book Conversation
2014 Fergus Leadership Lecture
Called "a bold, no-nonsense, and no-holds-barred twenty-first-century girl’s guide to life," Alyssa Mastromonaco's newest best-seller tackles the topics important to young women (relevant to all stages of life), ranging from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood and making and sustaining relationships in the age of social media. In this candid conversation, the Crooked Media contributor and former Obama Deputy Chief of Staff brings life lessons, behind the scenes looks at the White House and other juicy stories from her book to the speaking stage. Wise, honest and uproariously funny (with very candid Q&A) Alyssa showcases why, as Stacy London wrote, "everyone who knows her or reads her work wants to be Alyssa’s best friend."
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.
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.
"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."