Congratulations to Our 2022-23 Youth Leadership St. Louis Graduates!

Becky RasmussenNews

This week we had the opportunity to celebrate our newest class of Youth Leadership St. Louis graduates as they concluded their 2022-23 program year. This year’s cohort explored a variety of topics and regional issues, including criminal justice, education, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, economic development, and housing, all while building valuable leadership skills in critical thinking, group facilitation, … Read More

Vin Ko Named As Emerging Alumni Award Honoree

Becky RasmussenAlumni, Events, News

At the 26th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration on May 11, FOCUS St. Louis will honor Emerging Leaders alum Vin Ko, Director of Team Operations for St. Louis CITY SC, with its 2023 Emerging Alumni Award. “Each year, more than 300 individuals graduate from our FOCUS programs and take what they’ve learned into their personal, professional and … Read More

Congratulations to Our 2023 What’s Right with the Region Award Honorees!

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

On May 11, 2023, FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, will honor 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 26th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration. These honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a committee of local leaders for their impact and service to the community. FOCUS St. Louis will … Read More

Youth Leadership St. Louis To Be Recognized by St. Louis City NAACP

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® is honored to shared that its Youth Leadership St. Louis (YLSL) program will receive the Frankie Muse Freeman / Norman R. Seay Commitment to St. Louis Award from the St. Louis City NAACP. The award, named in honor of the late Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman and the late civil rights activist Norman R. Seay, is presented annually … Read More

The Steward Family Named as FOCUS St. Louis 2023 Leadership Award Honorees

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

The Steward Family

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce that the Steward Family will be the recipients of the 2023 FOCUS Leadership Award. “As a region, we are fortunate to have the Steward family,” says Amy Shaw, board chair for FOCUS St. Louis. “Individually and collectively, they have built a legacy of entrepreneurship, leadership and philanthropy that is felt throughout our community … Read More

Meet Our Spring 2023 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 26 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 … Read More

Announcing Our Spring 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 24 talented early-career professionals for the Spring 2023 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This civic leadership program provides participants with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis regional leaders. Since its launch in 2012, FOCUS Emerging Leaders has … Read More

FOCUS President & CEO Named 2023 Non-Profit Executive of the Year

Becky RasmussenNews

We’re thrilled to announce that FOCUS President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch has been named as 2023 Non-Profit Executive of the Year by the St. Louis American Foundation. The St. Louis American is a 13-time recipient of the Russwurm Award, recognizing the top African-American newspaper in the country, by the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NNPA). She will be honored at the … Read More

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2023

Becky RasmussenEvents

Looking for a way to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy? Check out some of the events taking place in the region in honor of the MLK holiday. All events below are free and open to the public. Tuesday, Jan. 3-Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 We Can All Serve – MLK Food Drive St. Louis Public Library More Info Tuesday, … Read More

How You Can Support FOCUS This GivingTuesday (and All Year-Round)

Becky RasmussenAlumni, News

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, FOCUS St. Louis depends on the support of our members, donors and community partners to continue our work of educating and connecting leaders and facilitating the important conversations. There are a number of ways you can show your support for FOCUS this GivingTuesday – and every day of the year! Become a member. FOCUS membership is … Read More