FOCUS Women In Leadership
The FOCUS Women In Leadership (WIL) program is a 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 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
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.
The spring cohort is open to women from all backgrounds and sectors; however, women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
What to Expect
The FOCUS Women In Leadership program consists of four seminars, held on Saturdays, and three Field Days held on Thursdays. Seminars and Field Days give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the region, explore different styles of leadership and talk with business, community and civic leaders. For the 2021-22 cohorts, the program will be adapted as needed for social distancing.
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.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Apply to be part of our Spring 2022 cohort!Apply