Coro Women In Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions
Coro is a model of training and education that was founded in San Francisco in 1942 to prepare citizen leaders. “Coro” is a word, not an acronym, chosen by the organization’s founders to represent both discovery and exploration. FOCUS is proud to host two Coro programs – Coro Women In Leadership and Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs – as part of its continuum of civic leadership programs.
During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your personal, professional and civic leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis community, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds – both peers and potential mentors. You’ll also join a network of more than 1,000 Coro Women In Leadership alumnae. Alumnae leave the program with a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, along with the knowledge, skills, resources and network to bring those goals to life.
As part of the process, you will need to submit a completed application and two recommendations. You’ll also be asked to participate in a half-day Selection Day, which includes individual and group exercises and interviews with Coro alumnae. All of these elements will be considered during the selection process.
Classes are also selected to represent the diversity of the St. Louis region.
For Spring 2019, through generous donations from Emerson and Epsilon, we will also award eight full-tuition scholarships: four of these are open to all applicants, and four are designated for participants who reside in North St. Louis County. Scholarships are dependent on acceptance into the program.
For the purposes of these scholarships, North County is defined as these municipalities: Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bellerive, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Black Jack, Breckenridge Hills, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Champ, Charlack, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Dellwood, Edmundson, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Florissant, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Hanley Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Jennings, Kinloch, Maryland Heights, Moline Acres, Normandy, Northwoods, Norwood Court, Overland, Pagedale, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Pine Lawn, Riverview, St. Ann, St. John, Unincorporated North St. Louis County, Uplands Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Wellston, and Woodson Terrace.
Participants are expected to attend all program days (barring emergencies).
Each cohort of Coro Women In Leadership is unique but relies on the time-tested Coro principles of inquiry, experiential learning, self-discovery, group interaction and collaboration, civic engagement and learning in community.
You’ll join a cohort of women to learn together to clarify your values and goals, lead with authenticity, and integrate your lives at work, at home and in the community, while drawing support from a network of people dedicated to creating positive change in the region. You will also explore what makes our community “tick” – politically, economically and socially – and how your leadership can make a difference.
Upon graduation, you’ll become part of an extensive network of FOCUS program alumni across the St. Louis region (and around the country). FOCUS alumni events are held throughout the year, including alumni dinners, networking opportunities, educational programs and volunteer opportunities. You can also stay engaged by becoming a member of FOCUS St. Louis.
Yes! If you know someone who could benefit from the Coro Women In Leadership experience, you’re welcome to submit a nomination. All prospective participants must still complete an application by the session deadline.
“The connections I’ve made and knowledge I’ve gained are invaluable to my development as a professional and as a transplant. It’s been really helpful to me in figuring out my place in the community.”
Development Coordinator, St. Louis Public Radio
Coro Women In Leadership Fall 2016