Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Valeisha Butterfield

Valeisha Butterfield
Valeisha M. Butterfield is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration, Chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, television personality, talk radio host and recognized expert on programs designed for minorities and women worldwide. For more than a decade, Butterfield has distinguished herself as a personal and professional conduit for change.

Butterfield was appointed to the Administration of President Barack Obama in October 2009 as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration (ITA) in the United States Department of Commerce. ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade and compliance. In this capacity, Butterfield supports President Obama’s national economic agenda to revive the global economy, create jobs and renew growth that benefits all people.

Butterfield is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). WEEN is a worldwide coalition of women, all ages and races, committed to supporting, promoting and defending the balanced, positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society. The organization was established in 2007 and has over 40,000 members worldwide. WEEN provides entertainment-based educational programs on health, financial literacy, career development and personal advancement for young women nationwide.

For more than six years, Butterfield served as the Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network under the leadership of its Founder and Co-Chair, Russell Simmons. Butterfield was recognized for her leadership as one of the youngest executive directors in the United States, developing critically acclaimed financial literacy and voter education programs for young adults 18 – 35 year old nationwide.

Butterfield was selected by ESSENCE Magazine for their Power Issue in 2010 and featured as one of the nation's Top 40 Under 40 for her professional leadership.

Butterfield graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She is the daughter of United States Congressman G.K. Butterfield and North Carolina State Legislator Jean Farmer Butterfield. -WEEN Online

Learn more about Valeisha through this great interview here! (via

We cannot wait to meet Ms. Butterfield and our 10 Influencers at tonight's event. If you are in the DMV area, you do not want to miss this! Register here!

1 comment:

  1. The DC "Influencers" event was amazing and words can not express how inspired I was by Valeisha Butterfield. She showed us all by following your dreams success will come.