Introducing Our Fall 2023 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 31 outstanding individuals selected for the spring 2023 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 women from diverse backgrounds. Through interviews and field days, participants explore different styles of leadership and tap into the wisdom of business, community and civic leaders, while also honing their facilitation, negotiation and communication skills. Upon graduation, participants join the network of more than 11,000 FOCUS alumni.

“For more than 40 years the Women In Leadership program has been bringing together a diverse mix of women from across sectors for growth, learning and connection,” says Shalia Ford, WIL Program Director. “Many of our graduates describe the Women In Leadership experience as transformational, providing the tools, resources and network to lead more confidently and effectively in all their spheres of influence.”

The Women In Leadership program is presented with support from Dierbergs Markets and RGA Foundation.

Women In Leadership Fall 2023 Cohort

Rebecca Anderson
HR Benefits Manager
Saint Louis Public Schools

Chrissy Beck
Director of Operations
Missouri Charter Public School Association

Elizabeth Brennan
Director, Communications
Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Ricqui Brooks
Adult Literacy Coordinator
St. Louis County Library

Debra Cox
Senior Career Success Specialist
Rung for Women

Adrienne Eaglin
Administrator, Family and Community Engagement
Special School District of St. Louis County

Beth Elders
Executive Director
American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis

Samantha Ferguson Knight
Director of Senior Programming
LifeWise StL

Teri Michele Garrett
Vice President of Culture, Communications and Philanthropy

Cheryl Gusewelle
Manager, Sourcing

Hema Kagitha
Sr. Business Analyst

Nava Kantor
Gladiator Consulting

Heather Kemper, MFA, CFRE
Director of Development
Miriam School and Learning Center

Vanessa Kerner
Associate Project Manager
KCI Technologies LLC

Rebecca Miller, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LD
Director, Dining Nutrition Services
Washington University in St. Louis

Angela Niesen
Healthcare Informatics Supervisor
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Dr. Kynedra Ogunnaike
Professional School Counselor
Saint Louis Public Schools

Dr. Aimee Pullen
Special Education Transition Coordinator
Special School District of St. Louis County

Alexandria Reed
Director of Client Solutions
Jump Company

Brittany N. Ross
Manager of Financial Operations
Central States Water Resources Group

Cat Shoemaker
VP, Wealth Change Management

Theresa Sieber
Performance Improvement & Project Manager
BJC Healthcare

Dr. Ava Smith
District Instructional Technology Coach
Confluence Academies
The SHEI Effect, LLC

Tara Spates Tucker
Chief Operations Officer
Novus Health

Nicole Springer
Community Music School of Webster University

Kathy Tate
Development Manager
Circus Harmony

Dara S. Taylor
Managing Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Missouri Historical Society

Yvonne Thomas
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Colleen Waters
Manager Performance Improvement & Infection Prevention
Missouri Baptist Medical Center-BJC Healthcare

Lisa White
Business Learning Solutions Expert

Margarett Wolf
Communications Business Partner