FOCUS St. Louis has selected 33 talented young professionals for the Fall 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 FOCUS Emerging Leaders program has trained nearly 400 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.
“Year after year, Emerging Leaders brings together some of the most driven and passionate young professionals from across our region,” says Program Director Shalia Ford. “Our fall cohort is no exception, and I’m excited to see where their leadership journeys take them.”
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 10,000 leadership program alumni.
Nominations/applications are now being accepted for our Spring 2020 cohort of Emerging Leaders.
Fall 2019 Emerging Leaders Class
Community Engagement Manager
Talent Development Specialist
Dutchtown South Community Corporation
Mortgage Loan Officer
Bank of America
Director of Development
Human Resources Manager
S.M. Wilson & Co.
Junior Chamber International
Precollegiate Program Coordinator
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Community Financial Service Officer
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Associate Creative Director
Vice President/Compliance Business Control Senior Manager
Assistant Director of Admissions
Senior Interior Design Professional
Public Relations Manager
Assistant Director of Residential Education
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Joseph’s Hospital of Highland
Project Graduation Coordinator
The Little Bit Foundation
Business Development and Marketing
Elizabeth L. Pack
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
Regional Marketing Manager
Coordinator, Executive Support & Equitable Operations
Teach for America St. Louis
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Missouri Baptist University
Community Development Specialist
The Barklage Company
Capitol City Research
Global Commodity Manager Semiconductors
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/BJC HealthCare