Announcing the Spring 2019 Cohort of Coro Women In Leadership – STEM

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 13 outstanding women selected for the spring 2019 class of Coro Women In Leadership – STEM.

This three-month program offers women in science, technology, engineering or math-related careers the chance to refine their leadership competencies, gain a deeper understanding of the region and connect with peers and mentors from diverse backgrounds. Seminars and field days are held across the St. Louis area, allowing participants to explore area communities, interview leaders across sectors and observe different styles of leadership.

While the traditional Coro Women In Leadership (WIL) program been in existence in St. Louis since 1981, the STEM-focused classes were first introduced as a pilot program in 2016.

“According to the U.S. Census, women currently comprise only 24% of STEM positions. But in cities like St. Louis – with a growing startup scene and a strong biosciences community – this number is growing,” says FOCUS President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch. “For FOCUS, it’s important to be able to offer the kind of personalized training, support and networking opportunities that will help these women be successful in their careers and within these historically male-dominated fields.”

Special thanks to Emerson and Epsilon for their generous support of the Coro Women In Leadership-STEM program through full-tuition scholarships.

Upon graduation, participants will join the network of more than 8,500 FOCUS program alumni.

Coro Women In Leadership – STEM
Spring 2019 Cohort


Jennifer Ayeni
VP of Instruction & Student Success
Claim Academy

Alison Bodker
Manager, Content Strategy, Enduser Experience
Express Scripts

Mayann Che
Associate Programmer Analyst, SP Pharmacy Processing COE
Express Scripts

Xia (Cindy) Chen
Sr. Software Development Engineer
Express Scripts

Kathleen Cook
Founder/Owner/Cosmetic Formulation Chemist
esso skin care

Maura Cosgrove
mySci Do Program Coordinator
The Little Bit Foundation

Stacy Hollins, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Maryville University

Kelcea Lesinski
Data Analyst
Express Scripts

Katrina Lo
Blessing & Joy Glamour

Nichole Mercier
Managing Director, Office of Technology Management
Washington University in St. Louis

Jasmine Owens
Workforce Development Program Coordinator
Midwest Cyber Center

Deb Schmidt, Ph.D.
William R. Orthwein, Jr. Family Animal Nutritionist
Saint Louis Zoo

Karen Schoenecker
Senior Manager of Digital Mobile Development
Express Scripts