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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Let The Good Times Roll.

Birthplace

Born:
6/16/1959
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Let The Good Times Roll.

Birthplace

Born:
6/16/1959
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Business executive Desiree Glapion Rogers was born on June 16, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Roy Glapion, a politically active schoolteacher and his wife, Joyce Glapion. After graduating from New Orleans’ Sacred Heart High School in 1977, Rogers began her college work at Wellesley College and earned her B.A. degree in political science in 1981. In 1985, Rogers earned her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. Additionally, Rogers’ father was very active in the city’s Zulu Organization and served as its president from 1976 to 1988. Following in her father’s footsteps, Rogers served as Queen of the Zulu organization in 1988 and in 2000.

After graduate school, Rogers moved to Chicago, Illinois, began her business career at AT&T, and married John Rogers, Jr. Soon thereafter, she became a retail investment executive for entrepreneur Larry Levy. In 1990, Rogers was appointed by Governor Jim Edgar to run the Illinois State Lottery. In 1997, she became vice president of corporate communications for Peoples Energy. Rogers was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2000 and in 2004, she was elected president of the company’s two utility subsidies, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. In this role, she also served as a senior vice president of the Integrys Energy Group before becoming the first African American social secretary for the United States White House. On August 10, 2010, Rogers was appointed CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, overseeing publication of Ebony and Jet magazines.

Rogers has served on a number of corporate and civic boards, including Equity Residential, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Museum of Science and Industry and Northwestern Hospital. She has been included in Crain’s “Top 25 Women to Watch” and “40 Under 40 Business Leaders.” Black Enterprise magazine has included her in the “Top 50 Most Powerful African American Business Women” and the “Top 75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America.”

Desiree Rogers resides in Chicago with her daughter, Victoria.

Desiree Rogers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Desiree Rogers interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes her mother's daycare business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers describes her father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers describes her father's career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Desiree Rogers describes her father's involvement in the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Desiree Rogers talks about the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers describes the Mustangs social club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers describes her community in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers remembers vacations with her extended family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers recalls the St. Louis Cathedral School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers describes her early entertainment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Desiree Rogers remembers the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Desiree Rogers remembers the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers describes her activities at the Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers recalls her decision to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers recalls her start at Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers remembers Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes her early interest in African American history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers remembers her decision to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers describes her employment upon graduating from Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers remembers the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Desiree Rogers remembers the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Desiree Rogers recalls her start at the AT&T Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Desiree Rogers describes her career at the AT&T Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers remembers her experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers describes her work for Larry Levy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers talks about her museum retail consulting venture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers remembers becoming the director of the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes her career at the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers talks about the success of instant lottery tickets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers describes her favorite Illinois State Lottery promotions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers describes the misconceptions about the lottery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Desiree Rogers describes the role of the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers talks about the Illinois State Lottery balls
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers reflects upon her education at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers recalls a dispute over a winning ticket at the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Desiree Rogers' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers reflects upon her career at the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers talks about working for the State of Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers describes the social component of her role at the Illinois State Lottery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers recalls her start at the Peoples Energy Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes the natural gas supply chain in the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers remembers her introduction to the energy industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers describes her career at the Peoples Energy Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers talks about her mentors at the Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Desiree Rogers talks about the executives of color in the energy industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Desiree Rogers describes Hurricane Katrina's impact on the energy industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Desiree Rogers talks about energy conservation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Desiree Rogers talks about the changes in the energy industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Desiree Rogers describes the opportunities for women in the energy industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Desiree Rogers talks about the future of the energy industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Desiree Rogers describes her philanthropic activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Desiree Rogers talks about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Desiree Rogers reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Desiree Rogers reflects upon the political campaign process
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Desiree Rogers describes President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Desiree Rogers describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Desiree Rogers reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Desiree Rogers talks about her career plans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Desiree Rogers describes her daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Desiree Rogers describes how she would like to be remembered