Introducing Our Spring 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 32 talented early-career professionals for the Spring 2024 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

Celebrating Black History Month 2024

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Looking for a way to commemorate Black History Month? Check out some of these local virtual events. Feb. 1 History of Black Fashion Missouri History Museum Learn More Feb. 3 Black History Month Movie Screening Transfiguration Lutheran Church Learn More Feb. 8 Ayesha Rascoe, “HBCU Made: A Celebration of the Black College” St. Louis County Library Learn More Feb. 13 … Read More

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2024

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. January 2 – January 31 We Can All Serve – MLK Food Drive St. Louis Public Library More Info January 12 … Read More

FOCUS St. Louis Pilot Tests New Board-Matching Program

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FOCUS St. Louis® is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and individuals for the pilot test of BoardBridge, our new board-matching service. The initiative is being led by FOCUS Executive-In-Residence Anna Crosslin to help nonprofit organizations diversify their boards, especially in connecting with immigrants and those who have who have grown up in immigrant households. “In my 42 years as … Read More

FOCUS St. Louis Names Melissa Lackey to Board of Directors

Becky RasmussenAlumni, News

FOCUS is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Lackey to its Board of Directors. Lackey is Owner, President and CEO of Standing Partnership, a full-service strategic marketing consultancy. Board members are community leaders who demonstrate interest and commitment to FOCUS’ mission to educate and connect leaders and facilitate important conversations in the St. Louis region. In addition to running … Read More

Applications Open for FOCUS 2024 Civic Leadership Programs!

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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 … Read More

Introducing Our Fall 2023 Cohort of Women In Leadership

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FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 31 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

Dr. Yolanda Alovor Joins FOCUS as Director of Civic Engagement

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FOCUS is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Yolanda (Yoli) Alovor to its full-time staff as Director of Civic Engagement. In this role, Yoli will manage all aspects of community and civic engagement for the organization, oversee alumni programming and serve as Director for the Emerging Leaders program. Prior to joining FOCUS, she held positions with the St. Louis … Read More

Meet Our Fall 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 30 talented early-career professionals for the Fall 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

Meet Our 2023-24 FOCUS Officers and New Board Members

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FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the incoming officers for the 2023-24 fiscal year, as well as 11 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, 2023-June 30, 2024 are: Board Chair … Read More