Genave King Rogers

2003 Outstanding Business Leader


Tulsa investor Genave King Rogers has single-handedly managed a diverse and growing portfolio of investments since the 1974 death of her husband, Tulsa attorney Leslie Rogers. Her love of challenge, natural curiosity and ingrained independence have helped her become an insightful and opportunistic investor.

Rogers’ portfolio has included options, stocks, bonds, real estate and venture capital investments. One of her favorite vehicles remains the options market, where she specializes in selling puts on select securities. She hit upon this technique about 25 years ago, when options was still a relatively obscure vehicle.

Rogers has used her success to benefit others. In honor of her husband, she established the Leslie Rogers Scholarships, which each year assist 10 TU students who are members of sororities or fraternities.

Her affinity for TU students has deep roots. She worked her way through college at TU, initially taking night classes part time. She became the first woman to graduate from the College of Business Administration, completing an accounting degree in 1938. Upon graduation, she received a $25 merit award from the Chi Omega sorority. This award impressed her deeply and sowed the seeds of her own philanthropy.

Out of a strong conviction of the importance of business law, Rogers became the namesake supporter of the Genave King Rogers Business Law Center, part of the College of Business Administration. Her endowment gifts have funded the center and an associated business law professorship, bringing the latest in business law issues and methods to a new generation of TU students.

Her other gifts have included support of TU’s Annual Fund efforts (through “Rogers Rookie Challenge” grants); campus development, including the Michael D. Case Tennis Center; and TU athletics.

She also has assisted community organizations including the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Tulsa Boys’ Home, and Riverfield Country Day School. As a longtime golf enthusiast, she was a sponsor of the 1998 Williams LPGA Pro Am Golf Tournament.

In her free time, Rogers is a frequent traveler and has visited destinations around the globe. She also remains active in competitive ballroom dancing.