Meet Deniece

Her Pearls exist to see every woman internalize her leadership identity.

Deniece Laurent Mantey

Wife, Mom, First Lady, Diplomat

Deniece Laurent-Mantey, a diplomat by profession is also the Co-founder of the Vessels Network. Vessels Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Washington, DC committed to promoting both human and spiritual development and community transformation. She is passionate about empowering young women as followers of Jesus and is the leader of The Her Pearls Initiative—designed to empower women to make an impact in their world and the Kingdom of God.


As a career diplomat, she also serves as the Director for Africa at the White House, National Security Council, and most recently a member of the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff.  In that role, she was a source of independent policy analysis and advice for the Secretary of State. Undertaking strategic recommendations of U.S.-Africa policy planning and formulation on issues of trade and investment, youth engagement, HBCUs, and Diaspora relations. Prior to that, she was the Acting Deputy Director in the Bureau of African Affairs, Office of West Africa, deeply involved in shaping and managing the U.S. government’s relationship with 10 coastal countries in West Africa.


She also served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where she was responsible for advancing and traveling with the Secretary on official trips — both domestic and international.


Mrs. Laurent-Mantey, a native of the Bronx, New York, earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from Syracuse University- Maxwell School and her M.A. in African Studies and Public Policy from Howard University. She is married to Pastor Henry Laurent-Mantey and together they have two sons.