Change Starts with Leadership. Leadership Starts with FOCUS.

We educate leaders.

We are the region’s premier nonprofit leadership organization, preparing diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region.

We connect leaders.

We strive to represent the diversity of our region, connecting participants from across counties, sectors, industries, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and beliefs.

We facilitate the important conversations.

We engage citizens to deliberate on critical regional community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space.


Meet Our Alumni

Jake Banton, Emerging Leaders
Architect, Mackey Mitchell Architects
"FOCUS made me realize that if you have a passion for something, whatever it is, there is likely somewhere in this city you can take that passion and run with it." more




Neurodiversity in the Workplace

8:00-9:30 AM

In discussions of DEI, neurodivergence is one facet that often gets overlooked.

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Finding Common Ground

8:00-9:30 AM

How do we foster meaningful and productive discourse and work across divides?

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Women's History Month Breakfast

8:00-10:00 AM

This thought-provoking conversation is sure to leave you feeling inspired.

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