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Former White House Social Secretary to speak in Rancho Mirage

Jeremy Barnard served in the position for 4 years.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - - Jeremy Bernard, the first man and openly gay person to be White House social secretary, will speak at the Rancho Mirage Public Library today as part of the Sunnylands Speaker Series.

Bernard will discuss his book, ``Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life,'' draws on his experiences in the Obama White House. It was co-written with Lea Berman, a White House social secretary in the George W. Bush administration.

The book, published in January, is described as a ``guide on personal and professional development through civility and social skills,'' with Bernard and Berman using their experiences in Washington ``to offer advice on building relationships, earning trust and exuding confidence.''

The book gained praise from Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who said,"`Treating People Well' is an essential guide for getting along and getting ahead in our world today. 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.''

Bernard was social secretary from 2011-15. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

The talk is set to begin at 2 p.m.


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