Desiree Perez is the chief operating officer (COO) of Roc Nation, an entertainment company. She is also one of the most powerful women in the music industry. Perez is a huge part of what brought the rapper Jay-Z to his success, and the two names are closely tied together. She and several other women hope to change this male- dominated industry and bring more diversity in. Just recently, Desiree Perez and five other women wrote a letter to Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, saying that the academy is “Woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly society.”
The organization, urged by the six women who wrote the letter as well as others, has said that they will make efforts to end the way they have stopped women from advancing in the music industry. Making such a stand hasn’t always been easy for women though, and Desiree has had to fight her way to the top to make a path for younger women. Perez has also shown her support of the #MeToo movement, particularly for some of the women for whom she has helped gain success.
Mariah Carey is included in these artists, taking her stand as well in the “Time’s Up” movement. Desiree and her husband, Juan Perez, are also part of a group of investors in the entertainment company, the Hova Circle of Influence. This strong female leader has without a doubt had her share of struggles to end up where she is now. Her example provides an image for young women and girls to look up to and aspire to become.