Sunnylands Speaker Series Brings President Obama’s Social Secretary To Rancho Mirage


Jeremy Bernard, a White House Social Secretary under President Barack Obama and co-author of a new book on civility and the importance of social skills, will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Rancho Mirage Public Library as part of Sunnylands Speaker Series.
The event is free to the public.

For his book, Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life, released in January, Bernard teamed up with a Republican counterpart, Lea Berman, Social Secretary under President George W. Bush, to pen a guide on personal and professional development through civility and social skills. The authors draw on their White House experiences to offer advice on building relationships, earning trust and exuding confidence.
Treating People Well is an essential guide for getting along and getting ahead in our world today …,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “Full of life lessons that are both timely and timeless, this is a book that will be devoured, bookmarked, and read over and over again.”

A Texas native, Bernard was appointed Social Secretary in 2011. He made history as the first male and the first openly gay person to hold the post.  He now lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
The Rancho Mirage Public Library is at 71-100 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage.