Science Works: Cool Jobs, Hot Careers
Interact with STEM professionals at our Museum-wide science career fair
Three CEOs representing a variety of STEM fields talked with 500 Chicago-area middle- and high-school students about their career paths and jobs in their fields. This event was by invitation only and was not open to the public.
Desiree Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing Company
Desiree Rogers was appointed CEO of Johnson Publishing Company in August, 2010. Ms. Rogers has known the company for over 20 years through personal relationships with the Johnson family and comes to the position with an extensive track record in brand rebuilding. Previously, Ms. Rogers served as the White House Social Secretary for President Obama where she spearheaded the establishment of the White House as the people's house and managed over 350 events. She has extensive corporate experience, including serving as president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas and leading the Illinois State Lottery. Ms. Rogers has a BA degree in political science from Wellesley College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Patrick Magoon, President and CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Patrick Magoon came to Lurie Children's Hospital as an intern in 1977 while pursuing his master's degree in urban policy and planning from the University of Illinois. In 1997, he was named president and CEO. He led the hospital to a $30 million turnaround, increasing the number of children served by nearly 50 percent. In 2012, the hospital relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago, increasing opportunities that will lead to better care for children. Under Mr. Magoon's guidance, Lurie Children's has become one of the nation's best children's hospitals. Mr. Magoon also is an advocate in all matters of children's health, including Medicaid reform for medically complex children, child safety and pediatric research.
Frank Clark, retired Chairman and CEO, Commonwealth Edison Company
Frank Clark retired in 2012 as chairman and CEO of ComEd after 46 years with the company. A native of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, he started in the mailroom and worked his way up through positions in customer service, marketing and sales, information technology, communications and other departments. Mr. Clark became chairman in CEO in 2005, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the company and also served as vice president and chief of staff of Exelon. He has a bachelor's degree and a law degree from DePaul University. An advocate of education and opportunities for children, Mr. Clark co-founded the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in Chicago to provide critical skills to high school students.
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