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Desiree Rogers (MBA 1985), Co-Owner and CEO of Black Opal, to be 2024 Class Day Speaker at HBS



Last Updated on April 20, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Desiree Rogers, a distinguished alumna of Harvard Business School (HBS) from the class of 1985, has been announced as the Class Day Speaker for the upcoming ceremony on May 22, 2024. The event will be held on Baker Lawn at the HBS campus in Boston.

Rogers is recognized for her transformative leadership and innovative approach to business and community initiatives. As the co-owner and CEO of Black Opal LLC, she has been instrumental in revitalizing Black Opal and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Rogers is a firm believer in the power of business to bring about positive change and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the consumers she serves.

With a diverse career spanning both the private and public sectors, Rogers has held notable positions such as the Social Secretary to President Obama. Following her tenure at the White House, she went on to become the CEO of Johnson Publishing and chairman of the Choose Chicago tourism board.

In addition to her MBA from HBS, Rogers holds a BA in political science from Wellesley College. She is actively involved in numerous nonprofits and serves on multiple boards, further demonstrating her commitment to making a difference in the world.

The HBS Class Day ceremony is a cherished tradition that precedes Harvard University Commencement and is attended by graduating students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Rogers’s inspiring message is sure to resonate with the attendees as they embark on their own journeys in the world of business.

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