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Desiree Rogers on when it was ‘time to go’

May 5th, 2016

Desiree Rogers is featured in Bloomberg Business Week’s regular “How Did I Get Here” column.

It’s a fun look at how the Chicago businesswoman moved up the ranks from “lanky girl with an Afro at a predominantly white school” to leading a major media company–she’s CEO of Johnson Publishing, the parent company of Ebony and Jet magazines.

The feature is short  and sweet but still addresses the touchy subject of Rogers’ time in the White House. She was Social Secretary during President Barack Obama’s first term.

“The hours were approximately 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. We did 350 events in a year, and I wanted it to be magical for everyone. The whole scandal with the Salahis coming into the White House was a distraction. So, you know, time to go,” she is quoted as saying.

CONNECT THE DOTS: Rogers was married to John Rogers Jr., chairman of Ariel Investments and a good friend of President Barack Obama’s.

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