FOCUS Selects Spring 2021 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 22 outstanding individuals selected for the spring 2021 cohort of Women In Leadership.

The Women In Leadership program, held each fall and spring, offers professionals the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, gain a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds. Through interviews and field days, participants are able to explore different styles of leadership and tap into the wisdom of area business, community and civic leaders, while also honing their facilitation, negotiation and communication skills.

“Each cohort brings together a diverse mix of women from the public, private and nonprofit sectors for growth, learning and connection,” says Shalia Ford, WIL Program Director. “Through this experience, participants gain the tools, resources and network to more confidently and effectively lead in all their spheres of influence.”

Upon graduation, participants join the network of more than 10,000 FOCUS program alumni.

Women In Leadership – Spring 2021 Cohort

Vanessa Asaro
Investment Associate / Underwriter
Twain Financial Partners LLC

Candice Carter-Oliver, Ph.D.
Confluence Academies

Susanne Evens
Founder & CEO
AAA Translation

Mary Fernandes
Operations Specialist

MaryAnn Garcia
VP of Administration
Crown Linen Service, Inc.

Roberta Gibson
Commercial Relationship Manager
Regions Bank

Nawasa Green
R&D Operations Manager in Business Strategy and Operations
Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences

Eshe Hawash
Training Program Manager

Alexis Hershey
SVP, Digital Assets, Lending & Strategy
Midwest BankCentre

Kenyatta Holmes
Product Manager
Hussmann Corporation

Charity James
Soar into STEM – Lead Teacher
Wings of Hope

Stephanie McCloud
Founder of Take Flight Girls Inc. & Aviation Resource Manager Scott AFB
Take Flight Girls Inc. / Delta Air Lines & United States Air Force

Katie McGovern
Director of Development
The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter

Cassandra Quinney
Facilitator, Mentor & Coach
Our Community Listens and Opening the Mind Consulting, LLC

Tara Ryterski Beffa
Testing Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Andrea Smith
Transformation Lead
The Boeing Company

Lisa Sombart
Mazzetti, Inc.

Elyse Washington
Program and Project Manager
Simply Strategy

April Waugh
Assistant General Counsel

Kimberly Whitaker
Founder & CEO
Midwest Express Home Care

b.Marcell Williams
Chief Development Specialist
One:11 Non-Profit Consulting Agency

Terri Williams
Development Manager
Unleashing Potential