Meet Our Spring 2024 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 30 outstanding individuals selected for the spring 2024 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 Spring 2024 Cohort

Rochelle Beasley-Smith
Human Resource Manager

Maheen Bokhari
Senior Product Manager, Product Strategy
Centene Corporation [Buckeye Health Plan]

Nicole Bommarito
Assistant Vice President, External Engagement &  Corporate Communications
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Barbara T. Davis
College Kids, Program Manager
St. Louis Treasurer’s Office

Caressa Davis
Director of Community Partnerships
St. Louis Development Corporation

Sauywanna Davis
COO & Operations Manager
Keychain Karnival LLC

Tashara Earl
Founder and CEO
Shades of Color

Elizabeth Eisele
Deputy Chief of Communications
Saint Louis County

Kiki Gao
Clinical Manager
Behavioral Health Response, Inc.

Natalie Gemberling Webb
Director of Economic Wellness
LifeWise StL

Catina Harris
Senior HR Business Partner
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Courtney J. Harris
Program Coordinator
Washington University in St. Louis

Quintella Ivory
Director of Human Resources
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

Avital Kadosh
Director, Jewish Experience & Innovation
St. Louis Jewish Community Center

Cynthia Kirkpatrick
Senior Advisor
She Lift Project

Annie Kuhl
Chief Communications Officer
Saving Sight

Laura Kuhl
Manager of Customer Service
St. Louis Public Library

Kelly Laura
Director of Development
The Wilson School

Maggie Leffel
Chief of Staff
McClure Engineering

Ida Martikainen
Senior Consultant
Collaborative Strategies Inc.

Bailie Moore
Lambert Global

Kelly Moore
Director of Community Engagement
International Institute of Saint Louis

Larina Murray-Haley

Rebecca Osburn
Performance Improvement Manager
BJC HealthCare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Sara Paracha
Lead Resource Development Catalyst
Forward Through Ferguson

Charrise Rainey
Founder & CEO
Divine Purpose Home Care Services

Christina Renz
Chief Financial Officer
Missouri Historical Society

Mojda Sidiqi
Director for Multicultural Affairs and Afghan Outreach
International Institute of St Louis

Michelle Wells
Bond Architects

Montrice Williams
Vice President Issue Management
Author (pen name Mon Trice)