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“Holy *&^!” I screamed as my husband brought in the New York Times Sunday Style section. There, beaming from the cover, was Desiree Rogers, my old boss from the Illinois Lottery, ex-White House Social Secretary and now, CEO of Johnson Publishing.

For those of you who didn’t follow the story, Desiree was appointed Obama’s White House Social Secretary, the first black woman to hold the title. Beautiful, savvy and endowed with a Harvard MBA, she was pushed out for reasons that covertly added up to being “too much”. Foes started the bus and when they had a chance, they backed it up and rolled her over.

But Desiree has never been one to be crushed.

Instead of changing who she is to quiet the noise, she turned up the volume and found a job that suited her. She turned what could have been seen as a failure into a new future.

Once again, Desiree shows us that you have to be true to who you are. And if you are willing, you can rise from public humiliation, dust off your shoes and start walking toward what you want. You never know what is waiting on the next block. When we emailed last Spring, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do next. And now, she is doing exactly what she is meant to do.

Are you?

Who are YOU and what do you mindFULLY want to do? Let us know!

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