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Leadership for a thriving Region


What does FOCUS do?
We educate leaders. We connect leaders. We facilitate the important conversations.


Our Mission


FOCUS St. Louis® is the region's premier leadership organization. FOCUS prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through its experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives.


More than 10,000 people each year connect with FOCUS through our eight leadership programs, numerous civic engagement initiatives and active alumni network. There are multiple entry points into the organization offering varying degrees of opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, engage in authentic relationships with other leaders, and ultimately impact the quality of life in our region.


Leadership Programs

FOCUS St. Louis offers a continuum of eight leadership programs to engage leaders from high school students to senior executives. Our leadership programs provide established and aspiring leaders with comprehensive leadership training and unparalleled access to key people and resources necessary for inspiring and producing positive regional change. Participants learn about the assets and challenges of the St. Louis region.


Over 8,500 participants have graduated from one of FOCUS' leadership programs. FOCUS alumni have been inspired to launch new nonprofit agencies, start businesses, and run for political offices. They serve on hundreds of boards and provide thousands of hours of volunteer service. FOCUS alumni are leaders who make a difference.


Citizen Engagement

As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS engages citizens to deliberate on critical community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. On our own and in partnership with numerous organizations, FOCUS hosts a variety of policy forums, community discussions and educational events, giving members and alumni the opportunity to network while exploring timely regional community issues and concerns.


FOCUS also showcases uplifting work being done in our community at our annual What's Right with the Region! awards. In addition, we engage young professionals through Connect With St. Louis, and highlight community issues and institutions through our Breakfast Connections and other alumni and member events.


Our Values

Quality Leadership

Recognizing that experience is the best teacher, FOCUS uses immersion training to help individuals gain the knowledge, skills and practice they need to become impactful civic leaders.


Civic Involvement

FOCUS understands that for St. Louis to thrive, it must have informed and engaged residents who champion community well-being and work to resolve issues of regional importance.


Community Collaboration

Through its partnerships, networks and civic engagement initiatives, FOCUS aligns leaders and organizations around effective solutions to complex community challenges.



FOCUS supports fair treatment, access and opportunity for all and partners with others to eliminate disparities that undermine the quality of life in the region.


Regional Perspective

FOCUS knows that the bi-state region is made up of mutually dependent communities, so it works across boundaries and jurisdictions to improve civic life and the general welfare.


Get Involved!

Do you want to help build a thriving, cooperative St. Louis region? Get involved by becoming a FOCUS member, applying for one of our leadership programs, helping fund a scholarship program, or participating in our events and opportunities throughout the year. Together, we are making St. Louis a better place to live, work and play.


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FOCUS is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau. 

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