We had the good fortune of connecting with LeeAnne Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LeeAnne, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I think alot about legacy. It’s the fabric woven into my entire business, even the name: Life Design with LeeAnne. I had a great life in February of 2020. I was at the pinnacle of an amazing events career, and I often heard things like, “Wow, you have the coolest job!” But you know what? I wasn’t really very fulfilled. I wasn’t able to put people in my life first. My husband, family, and friends, often got the leftover LeeAnne. So in March of 2020, when I got laid off due to the pandemic, it was honestly a blessing in disguise. I revamped my career, and in turn changed my life to be a place where I get to change the lives of others, and I still get to put my family and friends first. I use my talents to help high achieving high school students pursue their dreams, and I also help busy families who are raising those same children design beautiful and functional spaces that help them feel happy and content so they can keep hustling and raising the next generation of dream chasers. And at the end of my life, I can stand before my maker and say, I used every talent you gave me. I left it all on the table.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my career in the editing field. I learned so much about business, workflow, and how changes are made in my first job at Harcourt. I eventually made my way to starting my own editing and copywriting business, and worked for Rice University, editing for their STEMscopes program. My experience in educational publishing unknowingly built a foundation for my future business. In 2012, I took a leap into the event planning and design field, and worked there until 2020. I had always been very creative growing up, and my love of pattern mixing, color, and attention to detail made event planning come very naturally. During my tenure as an award-winning event producer, I designed events for the Dallas Mavericks, Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Major League Baseball, The Pedro Martinez Foundation, Louis Vuitton, ESPN, In-N-Out Burger, Diana Ross, Modelo, LinkedIn, and Neiman Marcus, just to name a few. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, I found myself without a job, as all events were canceled for the remainder of the year. I had been working at full throttle for as long as I could remember, so I sat down and started drawing up a business plan about how I could use my talents in such an uncertain time. Life Design with LeeAnne was born, combining my talents of helping students, with my love of design. I learned that if you build lasting connections when you need it most, people will not forget you and will want to help you succeed. It’s important that all your hard work really does pay off in the end, as people do not forget you, even if they worked with you a decade ago.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. It’s a diverse city, filled with interesting people and many cultures. I would start in Fort Worth, and explore the arts culture there, including the renowned Kimball Art Museum and The Modern. I would take my friends to eat down Southside Fort Worth, and off Magnolia, as these areas are teeming with amazing restaurants, shops, and small businesses. We could then head down to the Stockyard and check out the new Mule Alley, and catch live music, and have a cocktail.
I would also love to take friends to catch a baseball game in Arlington to see the Texas Ranger’s new stadium, Globe Life Field. As an avid baseball fan, I’d love for them to see how developed this area has become in recent years, then stroll around downtown Arlington. I would then head to Dallas to stroll around Bishop Arts for a variety of top restaurants, shopping, and bars, and show them the unique Klyde Warren Park after we stroll over to the Dallas Museum of Art.
You could fill an entire week with amazing places to eat, shop, and relax in DFW, and this just scratches the surface!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe three people a huge shout out. First, my husband, Jason. He pushes me everyday to use my gifts and talents and always supports every out-of-the-box idea that I have. He loves to help me shine. He also encouraged me to work with the two other women who I want to shout out today! First, Lupe Prado. Lupe was my first life coach, and really opened my mind to even considering becoming my own boss. She helped me refocus my priorities even before the pandemic. I am so grateful for her guidance, as I know if I hadn’t worked with her when my calendar was filled to the brim, I would likely have felt so lost when it all came to a screeching halt. Second, is Debby Jewesson of The Roots Group. Debby was my friend and mentor in the events industry for the last eight years. When I was laid off from my events jobs due to COVID, she started asking me my plans. Once I decided to start my business, she became my business coach and changed my life! She has helped me build such a solid foundation on how I run my business, and has helped build my confidence and helped me determine why I love getting up each morning. If you are in need of direction in your life or business, hire Lupe or Debby!