Jonathan Rogers

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Jonathan Rogers
Executive Multiple Sclerosis Sales Specialist
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Charlotte, N.C.
Age: 36

Growing up in Sierra Leone, Jonathan Rogers developed an interest in medicine at a very early age. An internship with an ophthalmologist while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science at Wake Forest University changed his mind about being a doctor. He still wanted to help people through the medical field, however, and found that providing the latest pharmaceutical products to doctors and patients was a way to do that.

Rogers completed the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Scholars Program at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Today, as an executive multiple sclerosis sales specialist at Novartis, he is able to observe the impact that the company’s products has through his interaction with doctors and patients. “We sometimes get to interact with patients during events. Someone recently told me how blessed they felt about our product,” Rogers says. “The harder I work, the better people’s lives can be. That pushes me to work more than the normal desire to just collect a paycheck.”

Rogers learned a strong work ethic from his family. His father was an engineer and his mother, a dietician, taught him the importance of hard work and of being a self-starter. When he bombarded her with questions, she would encourage him to find the answers himself. The family lived comfortably in Sierra Leone, but Rogers never took that life for granted. That outlook was reinforced when family members were temporarily paralyzed from an improperly preserved malaria vaccine. 

Rogers’s determination to blossom where he is planted gives him the courage to succeed in an industry that is not very diverse. In his eight-year tenure at Novartis, he has won six national awards. His community activities include service at Uptown Men’s Shelter in Charlotte, N.C., and the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, N.C., and as a community youth leader in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

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