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My job is to make certain that I’ve done what I was asked and my department has done what we were asked to do by the president and the first lady and the State Department. I believe that we accomplished that.
There is an environment where someone is always looking for someone to make an error. They’re always looking not for the good things, the wonderful things the president and first lady are doing, they’re looking for an error or to criticize. And it’s not conducive to good work.
Washington is like playing the Super Bowl, only there are no timeouts, no potty breaks, and the arena is filled with the media. In government, you have to learn to put yourself second in a big way. But I am a business person at heart. I like to be in charge.
I think the Social Office is really the office where East meets West. For those that don’t know, the East side is typically the First Lady’s side of the house. The West side is typically the President’s side of the house.
Johnson Publishing offered me an opportunity to build back iconic brands like ‘Ebony’ and ‘Jet’ magazines.
We have not really advertised Chicago internationally.
I do feel strongly that we have got to do a little brand-positioning work. Wouldn’t it be great to have something that everybody could say: ‘Yep, that’s Chicago.’
This ability to mix people together is something I learned early on.
We can’t just rest on the fact that this is beautiful Chicago. I want to triple down on that experience and make it… life-altering.
I’m from New Orleans, and I know that people do like to sit and talk and drink and, you know, have conversation; you have dialogue.
In many respects, we really are trying to not run the Social Office like a business, but we do have a strategy. We do have a mission. We are trying to standardize certain things so that our time is not spent on, you know, picking flowers or linens, that we’ve got standards.
No one should walk into a party and have a stamp that says ‘mayor’ or ‘businessman’ on their head. Everyone is just there to have a good time.
When a person makes a decision, people will always want a reason they understand, so they’ll put a negative spin on things.
I’m much more comfortable in a meritocracy and in reward for good work as opposed to a political environment, where I feel like all of that can be confused.
As social secretary, I was responsible for putting together all the events that the President and the First Lady host.
I love bringing people together. I think that the environment is so important in terms of what kind of relationships you might be able to create, how people get to know each other.
In London, a lot of the time you don’t see the sun shine.
I’m a business person at heart.
I was in the White House for a year and a half. Up to that point, all my jobs had been very unglamorous.
It’s not a question that people have a very negative image of Chicago. They just don’t think about it.