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Diversity/Careers goes to the White House


On June 2nd, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine visited the White House in Washington, DC, for an in-person interview with Admiral Stephen Rochon. Rochon is the White House director of executive residence, a position also described as “chief usher.” He is only the eighth person, and the first African-American, to hold the position.

Rochon is responsible for the management of the White House physical plant, from IT systems to the new organic garden. His career in the Coast Guard, from which he retired in 2007 as commander of the Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, included a deep involvement with technology and engineering management.

“Admiral Rochon had a lot to say about technology in the White House, and also about the steps in his own career that led him to this job,” said Kate Colborn, editor in chief of the magazine, who conducted the interview. “He is an excellent role model for our readers, and I’m very happy to be able to bring them his story.”

“We understand that this is the first live interview featuring Admiral Rochon since he started work in the White House,” said Diversity/Careers publisher Roberta Renard. “We were thrilled that he took time in his busy schedule to talk to us.” Renard is president of Renard Communications, the magazine’s parent company, and was also invited to Washington for the interview.

The interview will be the basis of the magazine’s 17th anniversary feature, scheduled to run in its October/November issue.

About Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology

Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology was launched in September of 1993. The magazine and its companion website,, serve engineering and IT professionals who are women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Veterans, people with disabilities and members of other diversity groups. Readers turn to Diversity/Careers for information on a marquee list of corporations, government agencies and NGOs seeking to recruit seasoned professionals and recent college graduates.

Diversity/Careers publishes six bi-monthly professional issues and two semi-annual minority college issues a year. Subscriptions are free to qualified engineers, information technology professionals and small business owners. Additional copies are distributed at diversity-focused technical conferences and career fairs nationwide.


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