Thank You for Your Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

This Thanksgiving, we are so grateful for our FOCUS leaders and all the ways they show up in support of our mission: Keeping our program pipeline strong through nominations and referrals Investing in our financial sustainability through membership, donations and sponsorships Engaging in important conversations at our forums and events Serving on our board and committees to help chart our … Read More

Check Out the FOCUS Leaders Shaping St. Louis

Becky RasmussenAlumni, News

FOCUS leadership programs are known for bringing together individuals from across sectors, industries and backgrounds, so it’s no surprise to see that FOCUS alumni make up more than a quarter of St. Louis Magazine‘s list of 100+ People Shaping St. Louis. We’re also excited to see our own FOCUS President and CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch recognized! Congratulations to all our … Read More

FOCUS St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis Launch Partnership to Address Widespread Community Challenges

Becky RasmussenEvents, News

FOCUS St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis are excited to team up to introduce a first of its kind, year-long partnership focused on exploring, understanding and addressing the most pressing needs of the St. Louis region. A Community Needs Assessment released by United Way of Greater St. Louis in early 2020, coupled with the real-time data and … Read More

Introducing Our Fall 2022 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 26 outstanding individuals selected for the fall 2022 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

Meet the Fall 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 27 talented early-career professionals for the Fall 2022 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 Named a Top Workplace for Women  

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is honored to be recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) as a top place for women to work in the fifth annual “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard.” FOCUS was recognized as one of 24 St. Louis employers demonstrating excellence in four areas of workplace gender equity – leadership, compensation, flexible work policies, … Read More

2022-23 FOCUS Officers and New Board Members Announced

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the incoming officers for the 2022-23 fiscal year, as well as four new board members. Board members are community leaders who demonstrate interest and commitment to FOCUS’ mission to educate leaders, connect leaders and facilitate important conversations in the St. Louis region. Board Officers for July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 are: Board Chair … Read More

Introducing the 2022-23 Class of Leadership St. Louis

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 63 outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors for the 47th Leadership St. Louis (LSL) class. These participants join a prestigious group of more than 2,500 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976. Leadership St. Louis is a highly respected program for experienced leaders who have demonstrated … Read More

Congratulations to our FOCUS 2021-22 Graduates!

Becky RasmussenNews

This year, 265 leaders graduated from a FOCUS program. They represent all ages and career levels – from high school students to CEOs – and came together from a wide range of sectors, industries and backgrounds. In addition to challenging themselves as leaders, we hope each graduate gained a deeper understanding of our St. Louis region and how they can … Read More

Congratulations to Our 2021-22 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 2021-22 program year. This year’s cohort explored a variety of topics and regional issues, including criminal justice, education, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and poverty and homelessness, all while building valuable leadership skills in critical thinking, group facilitation, … Read More