Congratulations to our FOCUS 2021-22 Graduates!

Becky RasmussenNews

This year, 265 leaders graduated from a FOCUS program. They represent all ages and career levels – from high school students to CEOs – and came together from a wide range of sectors, industries and backgrounds. In addition to challenging themselves as leaders, we hope each graduate gained a deeper understanding of our St. Louis region and how they can … Read More

Congratulations to Our 2021-22 Youth Leadership St. Louis Graduates!

Becky RasmussenNews

This week we had the opportunity to celebrate our newest class of Youth Leadership St. Louis graduates as they concluded their 2021-22 program year. This year’s cohort explored a variety of topics and regional issues, including criminal justice, education, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and poverty and homelessness, all while building valuable leadership skills in critical thinking, group facilitation, … Read More

Congratulations to Our 2022 What’s Right with the Region Award Honorees!

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

On May 12, 2022, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 25th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration. These honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a committee of local leaders for their impact and service to the community. FOCUS St. Louis will … Read More

Neal Richardson Named As Emerging Alumni Award Honoree

Becky RasmussenAlumni, Events, News

At the 25th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration on May 12, FOCUS St. Louis will honor Emerging Leaders alum Neal Richardson, Executive Director of St. Louis Development Corporation, with its 2022 Emerging Alumni Award. “Each year, more than 300 individuals graduate from our FOCUS programs and take what they’ve learned into their personal, professional and civic leadership … Read More

FOCUS St. Louis Names Edward L. Bryant to the Board of Directors

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS is pleased to announce the addition of Edward L. Bryant to its Board of Directors. Bryant currently serves as Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, for Heartland Coca-Cola. Board members are community leaders who demonstrate interest and commitment to FOCUS’ mission to educate leaders, connect leaders and facilitate important conversations in the St. Louis region. Ed Bryant has over … Read More

June McAllister Fowler Named FOCUS St. Louis 2022 Leadership Award Honoree

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

We’re pleased to announce June McAllister Fowler as the recipient of the 2022 FOCUS Leadership Award. Fowler recently retired as Senior Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs for BJC HealthCare and is an active volunteer leader in the St. Louis community. This prestigious award, chosen by the FOCUS Board of Directors, is given annually to individuals who demonstrate … Read More

Introducing the Spring 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 32 talented young professionals for the Spring 2022 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This competitive 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. Since its launch in 2012, the FOCUS Emerging Leaders program … Read More

Meet Our Spring 2022 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 28 outstanding individuals selected for the spring 2022 cohort of Women In Leadership. The Women In Leadership program, held each fall and spring, offers professionals the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, gain a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds. Through interviews and … Read More

Celebrating Black History Month 2022

Becky RasmussenEvents

Looking for a way to commemorate Black History Month? Check out some of these local virtual events. Friday, Feb. 4 Black History Month S.L.A.M. Ferguson Youth Initiative 6 p.m. More Info 2022 Black History Celebration Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture with Laura Coates St. Louis County Library 7 p.m. More Info Friday, Feb. 11 Diversity Perspectives: Embracing Divergent Viewpoints Olin Business … Read More

FOCUS Leaders in the News – 1.25.2022

Becky RasmussenAlumni, News

Check out our FOCUS-trained alumni in the news! Leadership St. Louis Flint Fowler (1993) and Valerie Patton (1993/WIL 1990) were named co-chairs of the HomeGrown StL Regional Steering Committee. Arik Frankel (2015) was promoted to Head of Market Development Organization at Nestlé Purina PetCare. Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley (2022) was named one of 5 Superintendents to Watch in 2022 by K-12Dive. Thomas … Read More