Recorded Webinars & Virtual Events

Leadership Perspectives & Policy Discussions

During this era of social distancing, FOCUS is offering virtual events to help you stay engaged and continue your leadership journey.

For upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

FOCUS on Policy: Legislating St. Louis
February 17, 2021
Featuring Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio; LaShana Lewis, Downtown Neighborhood Association; Mike Jones, Jones Strategic Advisors; Tim O’Connell, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Novel Approaches to Gun Violence in St. Louis
September 9, 2020
Featuring Sal Martinez, CEO, Employment Connection; Marcus McAllister, International Trainer, Cure Violence Global; Serena Muhammad, Director of Strategic Initiatives, St. Louis Mental Health Board; and Poli Rijos, Initiative Lead for Gun Violence Initiative, Institute for Public Health at WUSTL.

Higher Education in the Age of Covid Update
January 26, 2021
Featuring Dr. Nancy Blattner, President, Fontbonne University; Dr. Mark Lombardi, President, Maryville University; Dr. Randy Pembrook, Chancellor, SIUE; Dr. Kristin Sobolik, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Protests and Power Holders: The Role of Inside Changemakers
July 8, 2020
Featuring Sgt. Heather Taylor, President of the Ethical Society of Police of the City of St. Louis; Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor; Dr. LJ Punch, St. Louis County Police Commissioner; and Lisa Clancy, Chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council.


100 Years of the 19th Amendment
June 24, 2020
Featuring Jean Peters Baker, Chair, Missouri Democratic Party; Dr. Andrea Benjamin, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, University of Oklahoma; and Dr. Nancy Miller, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis.

CEO Leadership in the Era of COVID-19
May 26, 2020
Featuring Jason Carter, President & Founder, UNCOMN; Tony Thompson, Chairman & CEO, Kwame Building Group, Inc.; and Dr. Frances Levine, President & CEO, Missouri Historical Society.

Career Management During COVID
June 2, 2020
Featuring Roni Chambers, VP Coaching Excellence, IMPACT Group; Bernie Frazier, SPHR, Founder & President, CareerCompass LLC; Mark Grieman, Founder & CEO, ROI Search Partners; and Michelle King, VP Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Reinsurance Group of America

Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
May 19, 2020
Featuring Jama Dodson, Saint Louis MHB; Joseph Yancey, Places for People; Bart Andrews, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Response (BHR), and Sandy Piper, MSC, CPA, LPC, Chesterfield Counseling Associates.

HR in the Age of COVID
May 13, 2020
Featuring Mark Lindgren, Ameren; Jennifer Richert, Schnucks; Ann Seeney, St. Louis Cardinals; and Lisa Williams, Lutheran Senior Services.

The Show Must Go On? COVID and the St. Louis Arts
May 5, 2020
Featuring Chris Hansen, Kranzberg Arts Foundation; Mont Levy, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis; Joan Lipkin, That Uppity Theatre Company; and Hana S. Sharif, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Medical Realities: Inequity in the Era of COVID-19
April 29, 2020
Featuring Dr. Fredrick Echols, City of St. Louis Department of Health; Dr. Alex Garza, SSM Health / St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force; and Dr. Laurie Punch, Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine.

A Conversation with St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page
April 15, 2020

Higher Education in the Age of Coronavirus
April 21, 2020
Featuring Dr. Mark Lombardi, Maryville University; Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble, Webster University; Dr. Kristin Sobolik, University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Dr. Randy Pembrook, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

A Conversation with St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson
April 14, 2020

Missouri COVID Response: Policy & Practice
April 8, 2020
Featuring Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project; Mardy Leathers, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development; Alexandra Rankin, Missouri Foundation for Health; and Kendra Holmes, Affinia Healthcare.

Leadership in Times of Crisis
April 7, 2020
Featuring Anna Crosslin, International Institute of St. Louis; Jason Hall, Arch to Park; and Kelvin Westbrook, BJC HealthCare / KRW Advisors.


Elevate Leadership Series

The Hidden Jazz of Teams
June 26, 2020
Featuring Dan Rubright, master guitarist, composer, bandleader & teacher; and Leslie Peters, CEO, Elements Partnership

Productive Conflict in the Workplace
June 19, 2020
Featuring Aaron Van Groningen, Senior Organizational Development & Training Consultant, Hicks-Carter-Hicks, LLC

You’re Hired! Mastering the Job Search During a Pandemic
May 15, 2020
Featuring Bernie Frazier, SPHR, Founder & President, Career Compass LLC

The Fundraiser’s Story
May 1, 2020
Featuring Author, Coach, Consultant and Speaker Martin Leifeld,

The Art of Engagement: Storytelling for Leaders
April 24, 2020

Featuring Kerri Garbis, Founder & President, Ovation

The Power of Resiliency – Why We Need It & How We Develop It
April 17, 2020

Featuring Dr. Cheryl Throgmorton and Dr. David Rowan of Psychological Associates

How to Choose Courage Over Judgment in Difficult Times
April 10, 2020

Featuring Justine Froelker, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

What Your People Need from You As a Leader Right Now
April 3, 2020

Featuring Jeb Bates, Chief Experience Officer, ThoughtAction LLC

The Elevate Leadership Series was presented with support from
Daugherty Business Solutions