A daring escape from the Democratic Republic of the Congo led Deo Mwano to a life of freedom, inspiration, appreciation, and the desire to persevere to excel.

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Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Deo Mwano is an innovative, multi-cultural leader in education, organizational leadership and social justice. He teaches, inspires, and motivates students to follow a path of self-improvement and dedication to others. In doing so, Deo draws on his often traumatic personal experience as well as his educational background.

Growing up during a violent civil war, Deo faced much misfortune. At age nine, he became the patriarch of the family. It wasn’t easy. But after moving to the United States in 2000 with his mother and three younger brothers, he found his voice.

A gifted performer and presenter, Deo connects with others through dance and motivational speaking. His talents have been welcomed at Yale University, NHPR’s Word of Mouth, The Moth storytelling at GCIR annual event, TEDxAmoskeagMillyard, Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), WJLA TV, and Politics and Prose, which emphasized the importance of global and social awareness.

Deo works with international and national businesses, universities and nonprofits. His core strengths include Discipline Expertise and Action Expertise. As a discipline expert, Deo helps people understand what impacts their behaviors (the Will-Drivers). He has worked with diverse demographic groups, studying “Motivation to Action”. Deo’s action expertise has enabled him to analyze data and create steps to improve results and ensure success.

Deo earned his BA in International Relations and History and MBA in Strategic Leadership. His honors include being recently named to 40 Under 40 as an emerging leader in New Hampshire.

Deo presenting as a keynote speaker

Deo presenting as a keynote speaker


Persevere To Excel – Deo Mwano’s Life Testimony

Take Ownership of Your Success – Develop self-efficacy to live out the best version of yourself everyday

The Power of Education – How education opens new doors

Building Authentic Relationships – Getting to know people for who they are

Beat the social media Algorithm  – Confront social media manipulation

We Are All Human – Confront your biases in order to see others as human

Can You Hear Me Now – Congo’s Instability Caused by the Country’s Rich Mineral Deposits and How We Are All Connected

Power Of Forgiveness – The Personal Impact of Not Forgiving

Faith With Action – The Power of Acting with Faith

Deo at Yale University leading I AM MY OWN CHAMPION workshop

Deo at Yale University leading I AM MY OWN CHAMPION workshop

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