|Carla Hayes, M.A., Program and Alumni Manager|
Carla Hayes, M.A., Diversity Leadership Fellowship Director & Leadership and Alumni Programs Manager
Carla Hayes is the Diversity Leadership Fellowship Director & Leadership and Alumni Programs Manager. She joined the FOCUS team in September of 2012 as its Membership Operations Manager.
Carla directs the Diversity Leadership Fellowship, a program that is committed to the professional development of FOCUS programs alumni and friends who demonstrate leadership potential and a strong drive to positively impact the community in areas of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Additionally as Leadership and Alumni Programs Manager, she is responsible for the coordination and support of the Coro Fellows in Public Affairs, Coro Women In Leadership, and FOCUS St. Louis alumni programs, such as the Master Leadership Classes and Annual Day of Learning. She manages the recruitment, application and selection processes for the programs as well as plans and executes the event logistics for selection days and many of the seminar and field days. And most notably, she was a key player in the development and implementation of this FOCUS St. Louis website and member only portal.
Prior to joining FOCUS, Carla served as membership coordinator for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, where she managed over 650 member organization accounts. She also served as executive grant assistant/office manager for St. Louis Healthy Families, a 2011 What’s Right with the Region! honoree, facilitating healthy relationship and violence prevention workshops for youth, couples, singles, and businesses.
Carla was recently recognized as one of North County Inc.'s "30 Leaders in their Thirties." She was also named a "Hospitality Hero" in 2009 and a "Rising Star" nominee in 2007.
Carla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University as well as a Master of Arts degree in digital and multimedia studies from Lindenwood University. She is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis and an active volunteer for both the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission and the Fabulous Fox Theatre. A native of Atlanta, Carla currently lives in St. Louis County.