Leadership Programs

Coro Women In Leadership

The Coro™ Women In Leadership (WIL) program is a three-month, part-time training program that provides women the opportunity to refine their personal, professional and civic leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis community, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds.

The Coro WIL program is offered twice a year, each spring and fall. Upon graduation, you’ll also become part of the network of more than 10,000 FOCUS program alumni.

Who Should Apply

Coro Women In Leadership is open to women of all ages with a desire to strengthen their leadership skills and effectiveness. Ideal candidates include mid-level managers,  entrepreneurs and community leaders. 

What to Expect

The Coro Women In Leadership program consists of four seminars, held on Saturdays, and three Field Days held on Thursdays. Seminars and Field Days are held all over St. Louis, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the region, observe different styles of leadership and talk with business, community and civic leaders. For the Fall 2020 cohort, plans are already underway to adapt the program as needed for several possible social distancing scenarios, including virtual, small-group and in-person sessions.

The curriculum is based on the following principles:

  • Emphasis on inquiry and experiential learning
  • Using the community as a classroom
  • Providing opportunities for participants to assess leadership competencies and develop strategies for improvement
  • Valuing the critical role of diversity and inclusion in leadership training

Along the way, you have the opportunity to hone your facilitation, negotiation and communication skills, explore issues and challenges facing our region, tap into resources to make you a more effective leader and get to know others who are passionate about making a difference.

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How To Apply

Applications are currently closed.

Stay tuned for the Fall 2020 class announcement.

Submit a nomination for a future cohort.


Tuition for Coro Women In Leadership is $2,000 and includes a complimentary FOCUS St. Louis membership during your time in the program.

Tuition is often covered in part or full by the participant’s employer. Partial scholarship assistance is available to those with demonstrated financial need.


For More Information

Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D.
Coro WIL Director
tel: (314) 657-4019
Email Yemi

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