About Me

Deanna Jones has worked in the Technology field In Sales and Operations roles for over 25 years. She has worked at Cisco Systems for 23 years.  Deanna has an MBA from Elon University and a Masters in Instructional Technology from University of Maryland University Global Campus.  Deanna has been a member of Toastmasters for 7 years and is currently serving as Area Director. She is a member of Harmony LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  She is also a member of Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  In her spare time she likes to coach t-ball and has coached for 14 seasons.  In 2020 Deanna transitioned to her authentic self in 2020 while working at Cisco Systems.

Since transitioning, Deanna has become very involved with the LGBT+ community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harmony, the LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. She is also an Area Director for Toastmasters. She has frequently spoken at a storytelling group called, the Monti in Durham.  She has also served on various panels for DEI conferences.  Deanna is very interested in going out and speaking to other companies and at events to share her story of not only transitioning in the workplace, but her personal life as well. There is a powerful connection that comes from hearing someone share their lived experiences.  It is how we make meaning in our lives. That is why she started deannajonesnow Consulting.  The mission for this company is to help people understand what it is to be transgender in the workplace today and help corporations navigate personal transitions and transformations.  Whole, authentic employees make all the difference.