FOCUS St. Louis has selected 29 talented young professionals for the Spring 2019 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This competitive program provides participants (ages 22-35) 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.
Since its launch in 2012, the Emerging Leaders program has trained more than 350 young professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The three-month program includes a two-day opening retreat, group Civic Action Project and seminar days around the region, for a total of 40 hours of civic leadership development.
“Emerging Leaders is unique in its ability to bring together young professionals across sectors and industries,” says Program Director Shalia Ford. “It also continues to be a great springboard for participants, as they go on to pursue leadership positions in their careers and in the community.”
During the program, participants meet with area leaders to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of St. Louis, explore their personal, professional and civic leadership styles and gain a diverse network of peers. Upon graduation, participants become part of the FOCUS network of more than 8,500 leadership program alumni.
Spring 2019 Emerging Leaders
Senior Talent Acquisition Leader
Director, Learning Assistance Programs
Southeast Missouri State University
Project Manager for System Integration
Student/President, Missouri Young African Professionals
Saint Louis University
Social Media Recruitment Specialist
ArchCity Defenders, Inc.
IT Engineer, End User Experience
Express Scripts, Inc.
Riverview Gardens School District
Asset Manager – Affordable Housing Tax Credit Investments
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Workforce Solutions Manager
International Institute of St. Louis
Special Programs & Projects Producer
The Haven of Grace
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Human Resource Generalist/Business Assistance Manager
Population Health Program Manager
Web Content Coordinator
Missouri Historical Society
Director of Student Programs
Washington University Campus Y/YMCA
Assistant Director of Development, Individual Members & Donors
Gateway Arch Park Foundation
Education and Development Coordinator
Community Engagement Coordinator
Youth In Need
Senior Art Director
Analyst, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory
Duff & Phelps
Senior Account Manager