Leadership Programs

Emerging Leaders

Designed for young professionals ages 22-35, the Emerging Leaders program offers the opportunity to strengthen your personal, professional and civic leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis region and build connections with a diverse network of peers.  

You’ll leave the program with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis civic and professional leaders. 

Who Should Apply

If you’re a young professional who wants to gain a better understanding of yourself as a leader, of the St. Louis region and how you can get involved to make our community stronger, you may be a great fit for Emerging Leaders. 

Like all FOCUS leadership programs, Emerging Leaders welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, industries and sectors.

What to Expect

The three-month program is held each spring and fall. Led by FOCUS’ experienced facilitators, subject-matter experts and regional leaders, program topics include:

  • Understanding Self & Leadership
  • Defining Your Personal Brand
  • Civic Minded Leadership
  • Developing Leadership Presence
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness
  • Finding Your WHY as a Leader

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your leadership style, examine regional issues from different perspectives, strengthen your communication skills, and build lasting connections with other leaders. 

Upon graduation, you’ll also become part of the network of more than 8,500 FOCUS program alumni.

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How To Apply

Applications for the Fall 2018 class will open on April 1 and close on Aug. 1.


Tuition for Emerging Leaders is $500 and includes dinner and parking for each session of the program, as well as a six-month FOCUS St. Louis membership.

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

Shalia Ford
Emerging Leaders Director
Tel: (314) 657-4021
Email Shalia

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