Leadership Programs

Customized Programs

We realize not everyone can go through a FOCUS program. To meet the ever-growing training needs of organizations in our region, FOCUS offers a wide variety of customized programs. Delivered by experts in their fields, each program can be tailored to the particular needs of your organization. These programs can be delivered on a one-time or ongoing basis, from an hour to multiple days, coordinated around your schedule.


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  • Economic and business trends
  • Overview of the criminal justice system
  • Culture, arts and recreation
  • Racial justice & equity
  • Poverty
  • Health care
  • Local and/or state government 
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Personal growth/skill assessment (including Meyers-Briggs, DiSC, Leadership Practices Inventory, EQi 2.0, StrengthsFinder and more)
  • Inquiry-based leadership
  • Systems-based thinking
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Unconscious bias
  • Strengths-based management
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Facilitation of racial equity programming
  • Effective meeting agendas/facilitation
  • Strategic planning
  • Change management
  • Community assessment
  • Community-building
  • Problem-solving (team and individual)
  • Group dynamics and facilitation
  • Effective discipline and feedback
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Teambuilding
  • Conflict mediation
  • General advocacy

Past Clients

Here are just some of the organizations where we’ve delivered customized programs:

  • Thompson Coburn
  • MasterCard
  • Easter Seals/Life Skills
  • Spire, Inc.
  • McCarthy Construction
  • Webster University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • UCP Heartland
  • Urban League of Greater St. Louis
  • Bank of America

For More Information

Yemi Akande-Bartsch
FOCUS President & CEO
Tel: (314) 657-4018
Email Yemi