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FOCUS Welcomes New VP of Programs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  
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Julie LawsonFOCUS St. Louis®, the region’s premier leadership organization, is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Lawson to its staff as Vice President of Programs.  In this role, Julie will manage implementation and evaluation of FOCUS’s portfolio of leadership programs as well as direct the Coro Women In Leadership program. She will also develop and execute alumni relations programs and provide strategic oversight for civic engagement efforts for the organization.


Julie is a graduate of Coro Women In Leadership – Class 40 and has served as trainer and consultant to the program for four years. She brings more than 17 years experience in nonprofit leadership and management, most recently serving as President and CEO of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center since 2005. During her tenure, the center has tripled in number of clients served, now reaching 12,000 victims annually, and launched PreventEdge, a national workplace violence and intervention program. She also serves as Executive Director for the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis.


Her previous experience includes operating her own consulting group for seven years, where she provided strategic planning, board development, membership, fundraising, marketing and management support to more than 50 nonprofits.


Julie received bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and Musical Theatre from Missouri Valley College and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Communications from Lindenwood University. She also earned an MBA Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Certified Trainer for Diversity and Cultural Awareness in volunteer programs through the U.S. Department of Justice, a Certified Leadership Practices Inventory Facilitator and Graduate of the Nonprofit Services Leadership Academy for Executive Directors.


She has held a number of volunteer board positions throughout the region, including Cabinet Member for the United Way of Greater St. Louis Multicultural Giving Initiative, Vice President of the Board for Perennial St. Louis and Vice President for the Missouri Victims Assistance Network, and was appointed to the U.S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force.  

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