DeeGee Lester was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Her father, a civilian inspector for the US Army, moved his family to France where DeeGee spent many of her childhood years. Over the years, she has traveled to 17 countries throughout Europe, South America, and India, and studied in Ireland. These unique experiences have helped to mold DeeGee into the global citizen she is today. She earned her bachelor's degree in history from Belmont University and a master's degree in museum studies from Middle Tennessee State University. In 1998, DeeGee became the Director of Education at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, she created curriculum and award-winning programs, including special special tours for the blind, as well as conducted workshops which highlighted the Parthenon as a visual teaching tool across every subject area and grade level. After 20 years of service, DeeGee retired from the Parthenon on 2018. Continuing her passion for cultural diplomacy, she hosted Maestro Rik Ghesqueire and Belgian musicians for two Nashville concerts in November 2018 celebrating the Centennial of the end of World War I. In 2020, she was invited by President Peter Kapsaskis to launch the US branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. The author of six books, she has written for numerous magazines and academic journals, contributed to two encyclopedias, and was a monthly contributor for several years for Nashville Arts Magazine and Nashville Trace publication, Validity Magazine.