FOCUS on Leadership
At FOCUS St. Louis, we believe that everyone possesses the power to be a leader, and for the past 25 years, we‘ve been inspiring leaders to think differently, to seek out new perspectives, and to take action. Now we‘re sitting down with some of those leaders to explore their unique journeys. We‘ll talk to leaders who are driving change and making a difference, both inside and outside of their organizations.
EPISODE 4 | A Legacy of Leadership | Anna Crosslin
Few people have made their mark in the St. Louis region like our next podcast guest. In this episode of FOCUS on Leadership, we had the privilege of sitting down to talk with FOCUS Leadership St. Louis alum and current Executive-In-Residence Anna Crosslin, who led the International Institute of St. Louis for 42 years. She reflects back on the principles and values that guided her career, offers the advice she would give aspiring CEOs, and shares her hopes for the future of our region.
EPISODE 3 | The Power of Connecting | Keisha Mabry Haymore
Networking doesn't have to be boring or transactional. In this episode of the FOCUS on Leadership podcast, we talk with FOCUS Emerging Leaders alum Keisha Mabry Haymore, speaker, author, coach and founder of Heydays Creative & Collaborative Workspace, about her unique approach to building a powerful and meaningful network. She shares what inspired her to write her book, how she balances entrepreneurship and the value of reimagining.
EPISODE 2 | Creating a Culture of Curiosity | Andwele M. Jolly, DPT, MBA, MHA
As leaders, how do we create and cultivate a spirit of curiosity in all we do? In this episode of the FOCUS on Leadership podcast, we talk with FOCUS Leadership St. Louis alum Andwele Jolly, President & CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network. He discusses the value of bringing curiosity into collaboration, how he's working to break down inequities in our region, the biggest challenges facing CEOs today, and the legacy he wants to leave for his children.
EPISODE 1 | Seeing Yourself As a Leader | Jennifer Bardot
Sometimes the first step to leadership is seeing yourself as one. In this episode of the FOCUS on Leadership podcast, we talk with FOCUS Leadership St. Louis and Women In Leadership alum Jennifer Bardot, bestselling publisher, author, and founder of the G.R.I.T. Community. She shares how her FOCUS program experience helped her chart a new leadership path for herself, and how she's using her role as an entrepreneur to amplify the voices of other women and reach the next generation of female leaders.
EPISODE 2 | Saying Yes | Marcy Bursac
How do we as leaders continue to learn, grow and evolve? In this episode, we talk with FOCUS Women In Leadership alum Marcy Bursac about her unique leadership journey from nonprofit professional to software developer to author, podcaster and pageant queen. She shares how her experience as an adoptive mother shaped her path — and how she's using the lessons she learned along the way to help other families in her book, "The Forgotten Adoption Option."
EPISODE 2 | Where to Start | Rebeccah Bennett
When the problems of the world seem too big and overwhelming, where is a leader to start? In our first episode, we talk with Rebeccah Bennett, Founder & Principal of Emerging Wisdom LLC and InPower Institute, about her unique leadership journey from public policy to community healing. Along the way, Rebeccah shares what drew her to St. Louis, why we're uniquely positioned as a region to drive change, and how a 500-year perspective shapes her decisions.