Applications Open for FOCUS 2024 Civic Leadership Programs!

Becky RasmussenNews

Are you ready to become a FOCUS-trained leader, or know someone who could benefit one of our civic leadership programs? Participating in a FOCUS program is an investment in yourself, your career, your future and our community.

FOCUS graduates consistently describe the experience as transformational:

  • As a result of their FOCUS participation, 98% of graduates reported improved relationship-building skills.
  • 90% enhanced their skills in collaborative leadership.
  • 91% felt a deeper sense of personal commitment to the region.

Recruiting is now underway for our 2024 civic leadership programs! Check out one of our upcoming Info Sessions, submit your application or nominate a candidate today.

Emerging Leaders – Spring 2024
for early-career professionals

What to Expect: Strengthen your personal, professional and civic leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis region and build connections with a diverse network of peers.

Info Session: Oct. 25, 2023 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | REGISTER

Applications Due: Dec. 4, 2023


“The Emerging Leaders program really helped me connect with a new professional peer group that cares about St. Louis in the way that I do. It was exactly what I was looking for to help take my leadership to the next level.”

Women In Leadership – Spring 2024
for women at all stages of their careers

What to Expect: Explore issues in our region; tap into resources to make you a more effective leader; hone your facilitation, negotiation and communication skills; and get to know others who are passionate about making a difference.

Info Session: Nov. 2, 2023 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | REGISTER

Applications Due: Dec. 9, 2023


“Women in Leadership is a transformative experience that will catapult you forward in your leadership journey. The program creates a safe space for women to bravely engage in self-exploration, community-building, and civic action so that we can emerge as a stronger, more effective, and more inspired leader.”

Leadership St. Louis – 2024-25
for experienced leaders from all sectors and industries

What to Expect: Gain a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region by exploring the issues, institutions and systems shaping it. You’ll benefit from unparalleled access to community leaders and forge lasting connections with your cohort. The Leadership St. Louis experience is designed to challenge your thinking, expose you to new perspectives and promote discussion, reflection and action.

Info Session: Jan. 31, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | REGISTER

Applications Due: March 22, 2024


“Leadership St. Louis was an incredible learning experience for me  helping me discover so much more about our region, and introducing me to an incredibly passionate, diverse, and committed group of leaders.”