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Emerging Leaders

About the program

The Emerging Leaders program offers a select group of St. Louis’ young and talented the opportunity to receive training to develop leadership and management skills. This program provides participants with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis regional leaders. The Emerging Leaders program is open to young professionals ages 22-35.


Emerging Leaders aims to provide young professionals a better understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis community, an opportunity to develop leadership skills, a chance for personal growth and self-assessment, exposure to volunteer involvements, and a diverse network of peers. As a member of FOCUS St. Louis, program participants get connected to other leadership program alumni and have valuable opportunities to attend FOCUS programs and events.



Structure of the program

Program sessions have topics that include the following:

  • Understanding Self and Leadership: This covers an in-depth analysis of each participant’s personality type, with practical applications for more effective networking, relationship-building, and strengthening leadership skills.

  • Defining Your Personal Brand: This session will cover personal branding, which encompasses everything from online presence and personality as well as first impressions and professional behavior.

  • Leadership in the Civic Realm: the Greater St. Louis Region: This topic covers some of the intricacies of St. Louis’ unique landscape, both geographically and politically, and current regional hot topics. Participants will also have a chance to gain strategies for building stronger communities.

  • Tools for an Effective Leader: This topic covers everything from online resources, to public speaker and presentation skills and running an effective meeting.

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness: This session aims to examine the participant’s assumptions and biases, and ties those ideas back to best organizational practices.

  • What will I do?: This session aims to provide structure for identifying passion and interests, giving participants an understanding of ways to pursue these aspirations while advancing their career.



The program is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Emerging Leaders consists of six sessions held on Monday (approximately two per month). The sessions are held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the FOCUS St. Louis office.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017





Tuition for Emerging Leaders is $500 and includes a light dinner and parking, as well as a six-month FOCUS St. Louis membership.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the Fall 2017 class. Stay tuned for the class announcement!


Applications for the Spring 2018 class will open in October.



For more information

Shalia Ford, Emerging Leaders Director
Email | Tel: (314) 657-4021


Additional Resources

View the Spring 2017 Class 

Download Emerging Leaders Info Sheet

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