FOCUS Holiday Mixer
Date(s) - December 09, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event will be presented virtually; Zoom link and details will be sent with your final confirmation ahead of the event.
Come celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2020 with FOCUS St. Louis! (Because let’s face it, we could all use a little fun and merriment right about now.)
We’ve designed a virtual event guaranteed to put you in a festive mood, while also showcasing some of the varied and hidden talents of our FOCUS members and alumni. You can spend your time hanging out in the main room for music and conversation, or wander in and out of our multiple breakout rooms for short workshops/demonstrations, including:
- Quarantine Cocktail Kitchen with Chris LeBeau (LSL 2018 / Impact Fellows 2021), Founder, Values First Consulting
- Dressing for the Virtual Holidays with Laura Sawyier (FOCUS member), Consultant/Founder, LKS Styling & Consulting
- The Art of Conversation with Toastmasters President Sarah Willey (Impact Fellows 2019)
- Improv for the Holidays with Improv Shop General Manager Andy Sloey
- Holidays at Home Food Demos with Chef David Kirkland of Turn Restaurant
- Mix & Mingle Space with Real Time DJ’ing & A Live Painter
Bring a friend/colleague and help us end the year on a high note!
FOCUS members – $10 (must log-in to access discounted pricing)
Nonmembers – $20 (or join/renew today to save)
The Art of Conversation with Sarah Willey
Most of us have gotten pretty comfortable with holding work meetings on Zoom and other video platforms, but using it for a less formal gathering without a business agenda is a different experience. Explore the art of conversation in a virtual world, as Sarah will share ideas on how to have an engaging dialogue with colleagues, family, or friends at your virtual holiday events.
About the Presenter: Sarah Willey is a fundraising and social media marketing professional, currently working in annual giving and pursuing a doctor of business administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She is a frequent speaker at fundraising and marketing conferences and serves as President of the Plus Factor Toastmasters Club in St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking. She is a graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellows Program class of 2019.
The Feelgood Power of Your Wardrobe with Laura K. Sawyier
Style is personal, so let’s talk about dressing joyous and festive for yourself this season and beyond. We may not realize that what we wear is dictated by our mood and that we have the power to dress with more intention. We’ll discuss how being regularly conscious of clothing and dressing choices can help us embody confidence and awareness of behaviors, with the ultimate goal to pick us all up a bit over the holidays.
About the Presenter: Laura K. Sawyier is a fashion stylist and consultant as well as a speaker, educator, and writer specializing in the applied psychology of fashion. She launched her eponymous consulting practice in 2018, after 10 years in experiential and events, to collaborate with individuals and brands on how to share their authentic and compelling stories. Laura’s clients include SMB and global organizations, Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, luxury RTW and DTC brands, and non-profits. An expert for various media outlets, her work has been featured in Fast Company, Travel + Leisure, Elle India, The Zoe Report, and other leading publications.
Music provided by DJ Darian Wigfall
Darian Wigfall is an author, activist, arts organizer, DJ, and entrepreneur. He is the director of operations for the St. Louis based FarFetched music collective, an art imprint that produces progressive music and art in St. Louis and beyond. Darian’s direct action in Ferguson as part of Artivists led to his protest sign being inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and was featured in Smithsonian magazine. In recognition of his civil rights efforts and business successes outside of the traditional protest and corporate settings, Darian was featured alongside his collaborative partners in the February 2016 issue of Fortune Magazine. Darian is also a youth advocate, serving as a mentor for Black youth.