• Yes She Can

    by Molly Dillon
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    Yes She Can

Jenna Brayton and Eleanor Celeste


Yes She Can:
10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

This event includes a book signing

Update: Molly Dillon is no longer able to attend this event. Elle and Jenna will instead be joined by Mina Hsiang.


June 18, 2019
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

UPDATE 6/18: Molly Dillon is no longer able to attend this event. Jenna Brayton and Eleanor Celeste will instead by joined by Mina Hsiang.


Harvard Book Store welcomes former Obama Administration staffers JENNA BRAYTON, ELEANOR CELESTE, and MOLLY DILLON for a discussion of their new book, Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About Yes She Can

They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president. They came of age in the Obama Era. And then they joined his White House. Smart, motivated, ambitious—and ready to change the world.

Here are ten inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall—fondly, with humor and a dose of humility—what it was like to literally help run the world.

Yes She Can is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge—something every girl can do. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

Praise for Yes She Can

“Human beings are way more likely to do what we see than what we are told. That’s why Yes She Can, a collection of firsthand stories, is even more likely to bring women’s talent to Washington than are the statistics about why such talent is needed. This book is like out-stretched hands from personal friends who want to help you make a difference.”
—Gloria Steinem, author & feminist activist

“The extraordinary women whose stories are reflected in this book embody courage, hard work, persistence, and resilience—characteristics we should demand from all of our leaders. This honest and inspiring look at politics and government is a must-read for anyone—especially any girl—who dreams of changing the world for the better.” —Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood

"Yes She Can shows the importance of creating spaces for women and girls to showcase their brilliance and excellence. It is exactly the book girls need to read right now to show them that everyday girls can and will change the world." —Marley Dias, author, activist, & founder of #1000blackgirlbooks

Eleanor Celeste
Eleanor Celeste

Eleanor Celeste

Eleanor Celeste served in the White House from age twenty-six to age twenty-eight (until the end of the Obama Administration and through the transition), most recently as Assistant Director for Biomedical and Forensic Sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, she focused on the life sciences, precision medicine, biosafety and biosecurity, privacy and security of health information, patient access to data, emerging biotechnology, and forensic science. Eleanor currently serves as Associate Director for Research and Development Communications at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company based in Boston.

Jenna Brayton
Jenna Brayton

Jenna Brayton

Jenna Brayton is formerly a member of the first White House digital team—known as the Office of Digital Strategy—tasked with helping President Obama find his voice online. At the White House, she served as Associate Director of Content and Operations, working to help manage content partnerships, communications campaigns, and digital outreach. After leaving the digital team, Jenna continued to do advance work for President Obama through the end of the administration. Originally from Chicago, Jenna currently teaches college courses on politics, policy, public service, and technology. 

Molly Dillon
Molly Dillon

Molly Dillon

Molly Dillon served in the White House from age twenty-three to age twenty-seven (until the end of the Obama Administration), most recently as a Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Council. In that role, she focused on civil rights policy, including criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, voting rights, human services, housing, labor, economic mobility, and urban communities. After the Administration, Molly served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the New York Governor. She is currently the Community Curator and Manager of Programming for an international philanthropic foundation.

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Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

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Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more at masshumanities.org.

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