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




Emerging Leaders Selection

5:30-8:30 PM

We’re looking for Emerging Leaders alumni to help us select the next class!

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Women In Leadership Deadline

11:59 PM

Apply to be part of our fall cohort of Women In Leadership.

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Women In Leadership Selection

8:30 AM-12:30 PM

We are currently seeking WIL alumnae for Selection Day.

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