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  • ​Oshawn is dynamic Positioning, DEIA, Critical Thinking, and Future of Work Keynote Speaker. He is a published author, consultant, social advocate, and innovative competitive strategist with a background in Public Affairs and Communication Strategy.

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  • Oshawn is a globally sought-after advisor focused on the strategic threading of complex problem-solving at intersections of academia, industry, and people innovation. Oshawn is an Air Force veteran and has instructed more than 11,000 students and industry leaders during his time as a business consultant, Air War College Instructor, and community volunteer. Oshawn is an innovative leader, penning, Enhancing the Global Mindset in Military Public Affairs, for the book, Intercultural Public Relations: Realities and Reflections in Practical Context (2022) and, To Research, Grow and Think: The Proof is in the A.I.M., for the upcoming Uncertainty Playbook (2023) from Grey Swan Guild. Oshawn has traveled to over 10 countries across four continents, speaking to governments, civil society, and corporates on inclusive leadership, the Position Me mindset, and achieving substantive change.

Please provide a summary of your work history, qualifications, and background:

  • Oshawn Jefferson is a consultant, author, competitive strategist, and keynote speaker with more than twenty-five years of international business experience across a wide range of industries: defense, technology, learning and development, professional services, diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility, government services computers and technology, and research. As a business consultant, he has advised corporate executives, government officials, and industry associations. Oshawn has also served on boards of directors for many nonprofit organizations.

  • Oshawn has served as a Communication Education Manager and Instructor for the Center for Strategic Leadership Communication at The Air University, he was a Senior Course Instructor and curriculum designer at the Defense Information School and worked with several Fortune 1000 corporations as a business consultant. He holds a Resilience Building Leader Program-Training, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the Workplace, and Empathetic Leadership Facilitator Certifications and has been retained expert speaker and trainer for more than 100 conferences, webinars, and corporate events. 

  • In 2017, Oshawn founded DEAL SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC, a professional consulting firm assisting large and middle-market companies in addressing strategic solutions and innovative initiatives. Approximately one-third of his work has been for government and Department of Defense clients. For three years, Oshawn has been in partnership with Courageous Leadership Alliance and Shared Air Solutions Consultants, a firm looking to bring clean indoor air quality to communities across the globe. He has authored and co-authored business publications and continues to write articles. In 2021, Oshawn was an Education and Social Action Committee co-chair for the virtual Selma Bridge Crossing. In 2023, he participated in a Real Estate Incubator to ideate the future of sustainable homes for people living in Midland and Odessa, Texas with Texas Tech University. Oshawn asserts, "We can study the thoughts that mankind studies." Oshawn has a passion for partnering with people and organizations seeking new approaches and strategies that impact the globe. "We all to position ourselves to fix what we complain about. We have to be bridge builders who are not afraid to break away from established patterns and distractions and forge new paths into the future."

  • Oshawn has been a member of the following organizations:

    • Grey Swan Guild

    • Public Relations Society of America

    • Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association

    • Selma Jubilee Bridge Crossing Inc.

    • Oasis of Hope Foundation

    • The Centre for Global Inclusion

    • National Small Business Association

    • System for Award Management

    • The B.R.I.D.G.E. Development Center

    • Air Force Sergeants Association

    • Black Church PAC

    • Shared Air Solution Consultants

    • Courageous Leadership Alliance Resilience Building Leader Program

    • Communicators Hub

    • DEI in Government Community of Practice

    • DINFOS Alumni Association

    • The Defense Design Guild

    • Joint Association for the Advancement of Strategic Concepts

Why would a prospective client want you to be their keynote speaker or to support their speaking event? What are some compelling aspects of your background/career/experience that we should know about?

  • I am not just a speaker, but a facilitator of consensus on how like-minded and community-bonded people can move forward together or be aligned.

What are your primary topics/areas of expertise?

  • Position Me Mindset

  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility

  • Inclusive Leadership

  • Critical/Strategic Thinking

  • Public Affairs and Communication Strategy

  • Leadership Communication

  • AIM Research and Development

  • Future of Work

  • Cultural Intelligence

  • Relevant Metrics at Work

  • Conflict in the Workplace

  • Mis-, Dis- and Mal-Information


What are some positions you have held in your career that you would like prospective clients to know about?

  • Founder and Executive Business Consultant, Deal Solutions Group, LLC

  • Senior Partner, Shared Air Solutions Consultants

  • Growth Partner, Courageous Leadership Alliance

  • Senior Instructor, Defense Information School

  • Communications Education Manager, The Air University

  • Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force

  • Nationwide Program Manager, Government Agencies

  • Senior Researcher and Author, Grey Swan Guild-Strategy Consultant, National Association of Railroad Passengers

  • Political Advisor, Oasis of Hope Foundation-Pizza Delivery, Dominos


What are some speaking events you’ve supported recently?

  • Readying your Business for 2023, Ayayayai Podcast, Jan. 2023

  • Workplace Leadership, QinetiQ, Dec. 2022

  • 11th Internal Communications and Situational Messaging Conference, Nov. 2022

  • DEI for Internal Communications, Ali Group Conferences, Oct. 2022 2022


Do you have any articles or publications? Have you been featured in any? If so, what were they?

  • Joint Base MDL presents first Cultural Intelligence Seminar, U.S. Air Force article

  • To Research, Think, and Grow: The Proof is in the A.I.M., CLA Volume 1

  • Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee to Host Symposium for Social Change on 56th Anniversary, Various outlets

  • Thinking Ahead: Using Strategic Foresight, DINFOS PAVILION

Please list any other information you would find helpful:

  • I love being a part of charrettes, ideations, trainings, or strategy sessions too.

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