Getting her big break as an intern for Russell Simmons, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones used her wits to rise in the ranks and attained the position of executive director of his Hip Hop Summit Action Network. She eventually branched off to launch her WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network) to foster self-esteem, provide support and scholarships and mentor young ladies trying to penetrate the world of entertainment. The North Carolina-native then took on the task as President Barack Obama's deputy director of public affairs for international trades from 2009 through 2011. The executive married NBA baller Dahntay Jones in July 2011.  

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