FOCUS Hosts YLSL Intern, Bank of America Student Leaders

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Bank of America Student Leaders

In June, we welcomed Láel Gray, a rising sophomore at Lutheran North, as our Youth Leadership St. Louis intern. A quick learner and helpful addition to the team, she pitched in to compile and analyze program evaluations and organize materials for the coming year. Láel is a rising sophomore at Lutheran High School North. During the school year, she plays volleyball and volleyball … Read More

42+1: A Letter to the Incoming Class of Leadership St. Louis

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A Letter to the Incoming LSL Cohort

To: Leadership St. Louis Class 43 From: A member of LSL 42One year ago, just like you, I found myself having just left a room full of strangers, not entirely certain what I’d gotten myself into. A few friends who had been through the program spoke highly of it, and the general word on the street was this would be a powerful experience. But despite all the … Read More

Announcing the 2018-19 Class of Leadership St. Louis

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FOCUS St. Louis has selected 64 outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors for the 43rd Leadership St. Louis (LSL) class. These participants join a prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976. Leadership St. Louis is a highly respected program for established and emerging leaders who … Read More

FOCUS Hosts 6th Annual Public Ethics Conference

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On May 31, 2018, a cohort of elected officials, academics, lawyers, candidates, students, and community members gathered at the University of Missouri St. Louis for a day-long discussion on the subject of “Leadership, Ethics & Political Parties.” The 6th Annual Public Ethics Conference was sponsored this year for the first time as a partnership between UMSL and FOCUS St. Louis, with … Read More

59 Organizations Host St. Louis Coro Fellows in 2017-18

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Coro Fellows 2017-18 Placements

In just nine months, our 2017-18 class of Coro Fellows completed 68 short-term, high-stakes projects for 59 organizations throughout the St. Louis region during their placement rotations. Placements are a cornerstone of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, exposing participants to the business, government, labor, electoral politics, and nonprofit sectors. Through their work at placements and in seminars, Fellows … Read More

New Expanded Format Introduced for Emerging Leaders Program

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Emerging Leaders 2018

Since its launch in 2012, the FOCUS Emerging Leaders program has trained 340 young professionals, providing them with the tools to be active leaders in their professional careers and civic lives. Starting with the Fall 2018 cohort, FOCUS is pleased to announce an expanded format to better serve the needs of participants and offer greater opportunities for learning, growth, discussion … Read More

Dennis Lower Honored with 2018 FOCUS Leadership Award

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Dennis Lower, 2018 FOCUS Leadership Award Recipient

For 21 years, the FOCUS Board of Directors has presented the prestigious Leadership Award annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in order to create lasting change in the St. Louis region. On May 10, 2018, FOCUS Board Chair Mark Grieman presented the 2018 Leadership Award to Dennis Lower, President & CEO of Cortex Innovation Community, during the What’s … Read More

FOCUS Graduates Second Cohort of Women In Leadership – STEM Program

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FOCUS is pleased to announce the 40 recent graduates from the 2018 Women In Leadership – STEM program. Through generous funding from MasterCard, all participants received full-tuition scholarships to the two-month leadership development program. Launched in 2016, the Women In Leadership – STEM program is designed to help early-career women in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields build their leadership … Read More

The Future of the Coro Fellows Program at FOCUS St. Louis

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Over the past several months, FOCUS St. Louis has undergone an extensive program assessment as part of our 2015-18 Strategic Plan. With the help of experienced outside consultants, this evaluation took a critical look at each of our seven civic leadership programs.   Our Board of Directors has carefully reviewed the findings from this process and made several decisions to ensure our … Read More

Congratulations to the 2018 What’s Right with the Region Honorees!

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On May 10, 2018, FOCUS St. Louis will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 21st Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration. The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community. Congratulations to the following outstanding honorees in five categories: … Read More