Personal Aide to President Barack Obama
Ferial Govashiri has one of the world’s most interesting and demanding jobs: gatekeeper of the Oval Office. As President Obama’s Personal Secretary, she has spent the past ten years within arm’s length of one of the world’s most powerful leaders. Read More >
As a young Iranian-American woman, Ferial Govashiri is changing the game in Washington. One of the few people to have the rare opportunity to work alongside President Obama on a daily basis, she provides a unique perspective on how women can be successful in the workforce today and achieve positions that are traditionally dominated by men. She shares her three rules to success — never cry, never run, never raise your voice — with themes such as the power of confidence, determination and risk-taking in decision-making. Ferial’s extraordinary stories from behind the scenes of the nation’s most powerful office provide impactful takeaways for all audiences. Her unique insights will inspire women from all walks of life to take their careers to the next level.
She has 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 world’s most powerful leaders. In this speech, Ferial Govashiri 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.
"Ferial was a hit this weekend. Her talk on Friday was well received and well attended. We had a line of students waiting to speak with her after the talk that took around 90 minutes to get through. We are glad we brought her to campus."