Career Fridays: Deconstructing Desiree Rogers

Desiree Rogers arrived in Washington to much fanfare: she was a corporate executive who had left behind a career that included stints as an executive at People's Energy and director of the Illinois lottery to become the first African American social secretary. Yet when the gatecrashers scandal broke, Rogers' career achievements, like her Harvard MBA, took a back seat as her ambition and penchant for expensive designer clothing were touted as her main "problem." spoke "Ambition is Not a Dirty Word" author, Debra Condren, Ph.D, to find out whether Rogers' drive and visibility made her a target and what women can learn from the episode. Read More: Unwritten Rules For Women in the WorkplaceHow To Stand Out in The Workplace Here's what you had to say: EvOne commented: "I feel like people have hated on her from day one. She is beautiful and she has her stuff together and that's a threat to many people." Clairhair said: "She represented something the Obamas and their team deliberately shy away from. She'll do better elsewhere though."


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