Once responsible for running Chicago based People’s Energy, Desiree Rogers now spends her energy ensuring that east meets west…wing, that is. As the Obama administration’s stylish new Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers controls the velvet ropes of the prestigious White House event planning scene.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Desiree’s bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College could be considered a foreshadowing to her future career in the White House. She followed it up with an MBA from Harvard Business School before moving to Chicago to begin her phenomenal corporate career climb. She’s held such positions as Director of the Illinois State Lottery, Vice President of Corporate Communications for People’s Energy, Chief Marketing Officer (PE), Senior VP of Customer Care (PE) and most recently as President of Social Networking for Allstate Financial in Northbrook, IL. In addition to managing a successful corporate career, Desiree found time to lend her talents to several boards and executive committees including the Chicago Children’s Museum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to name a few. As Social Secretary, it is Desiree’s job to execute on the social vision that the Obamas have for the White House. Her task is to make it the people’s home, a place reflective of the rich culture and history of this country and inclusive of all diverse walks of life.
Desiree Rogers is truly more than meets the eye. Her career and educational accomplishments alone are enough to write a book about. But when you add in mother of a college student attending Yale and survivor of breast cancer you just want to stand up and cheer for her. So here’s to you Desiree…a virtual standing ovation from The Vyne Weekly.
Photo courtesy of Wellesley College.