2021 What’s Right with the Region Awards

Each year, FOCUS applauds the efforts of the individuals, organizations and/or initiatives making a positive difference in the St. Louis region with our What’s Right With the Region Awards Celebration.

This event shines a bright light on those who are advancing the equity, prosperity, collaboration, and strength of our communities. Our recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the community and chosen by a volunteer committee of regional leaders.

Save the date for the 24th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards on May 13, 2021, and be sure to submit your nominations before Feb. 5, 2021!

Now Accepting Nominations

Meet our 2020 Honorees!

2020 FOCUS Leadership Award
Otis Williams, Executive Director,
St. Louis Development Corporation

2020 FOCUS Legacy Alumni Award
Deborah Patterson
Leadership St. Louis 1977-78

2020 FOCUS Emerging Alumni Award
Antionette Carroll
Emerging Leaders 2013

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions
Covenant Place
HeartLands Conservancy
Lock It for Love, a program of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
Urban Harvest STL

Fostering Creativity for Social Change
Arts & Faith St. Louis
Circus Harmony
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Prison Performing Arts

Improving Equity and Inclusion
FLOURISH St. Louis powered by Generate Health
Grace Strobel
Join Hands ESL, Inc.
Parents Learning Together at the St. Louis Arc

Promoting Stronger Communities
Community & Children’s Resource Board
Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership
Provident Behavioral Health
Thomas Dunn Learning Center


Emerging Initiatives
MindsEye’s Arts & Culture Accessibility Cooperative
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Diversion Initiative
Wellston Tenant Association

2020 Sponsors

Leadership Sponsors
Edward Jones
First Bank
Kwame Building Group
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Wells Fargo Advisors
Media Partners
St. Louis Business Journal
St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Public Radio