2020 Women’s History Month Breakfast

Becky Rasmussen

2020 Women’s History Month Breakfast

Date(s) - March 03, 2020
7:30 am - 9:30 am

Edward Jones Headquarters – West Atrium
12555 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO 63131

Online registration is now closed. If you need to make changes to your registration, please contact Kayla Dix at kaylad@focus-stl.org or (314) 657-4020. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for an engaging panel discussion with four prominent St. Louis business, nonprofit and media leaders. We’ll discuss how they got to where they are in their careers, tips for navigating power structures and achieving change, and leadership in community and civic spaces. Learn strategies to improve your leadership effectiveness in any situation and help pave the way for future women leaders. This event is open to all FOCUS members and alumni.

  • Sara Bosco, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Emerson
  • Carol Daniel, News Anchor and Reporter, KMOX Entercom, & President, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists
  • Kathleen Mazzarella, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Graybar
  • Ronda Sauget, Executive Director & CEO, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

$15 for FOCUS members (join/renew now)
$30 for non-members

Advance registration is required. To receive complimentary member registration, you will need to log-in to your account. Registrations are nonrefundable, but attendee substitutions are allowed.


7:30-8:00 a.m. – Check-in/Networking
8:00-9:30 a.m. – Program

About Our Panelists

Sara BoscoSara Yang Bosco was appointed senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Emerson in 2016. She also was named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which helps develop and guide the company’s global business strategies. Bosco previously served as president of Emerson’s Asia-Pacific organization. She began her career at Emerson in 2005 as general counsel for Emerson in Asia-Pacific.

Bosco has more than 30 years of legal experience, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investment and joint ventures. She was named one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in AsiaLaw’s past annual surveys. She served six years on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is an Emerson representative on the US-China Business Council.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Bloomington and in 2014 was named to its Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor bestowed by the university’s Maurer School of Law.


Carol Daniel

Carol Daniel is first and foremost a mother and wife. She and her husband Patrick are celebrating 25 years of marriage and are the proud parents of two sons.

Daniel began her career at the “Voice of St. Louis” in 1995 as an anchor, reporter and talk show host. The 36-year veteran of broadcasting was once a campaign organizer, a recruiter for the U.S. Census Bureau, and even worked as a substitute teacher.

In 2008, she helped launch the Emmy award-winning “Great Day St. Louis” on KMOV-TV before writing her first book, “All I Ever Wanted: Relationships, Marriage, Family.” She is an award-winning columnist with nearly 10 years spent writing for the St. Louis American. She has received two National Newspaper Association awards, along with honors from the Missouri Broadcaster’s Association, The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, and the YWCA Women’s Leader Class. Most recently, Delux Magazine selected her to their Power 100, and she was selected “Best Host” by her peers at STL TV.

Carol is in her third term as President of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalist.


Kathleen Mazzarella

Kathleen M. Mazzarella is Chairman, President and CEO at Graybar, an employee-owned, FORTUNE 500 distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products. In her 40 years with the company, she has gained broad-based experience in management, sales, marketing and human resources, which position her to focus on strategic issues that are vital to sustaining the company’s long track record of success.

Mazzarella serves on the boards of Civic Progress, the St. Louis Regional Economic Development Alliance, Waste Management, Inc., Cigna Corporation, and Core & Main LP. She formerly served as board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Her achievements helped earn her several recognitions, including the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and “Most Influential Businesswomen in St. Louis” awards. She has been the driving force behind the establishment of a women’s networking group at Graybar. She was recognized by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as one of its distinguished women in leadership, earned the Women in Industry Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Electrical Distributors, was recognized as a Leader of Distinction by the YWCA of Metro St. Louis and was honored as a Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate.


Ronda SaugetRonda Sauget was appointed Executive Director and CEO of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and mobilizing leaders across sectors and building effective partnerships to address regional economic development issues. Dr. Sauget has served with the Leadership Council for many years as an Executive Committee member and is a past Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board.

In 2016, Dr. Sauget was appointed by the 8th District Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to serve on the Workforce Innovation Task Force. Also in 2016, she served as the 1st Honorary Base Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, where she now serves as the Air Mobility Command Civic Leader.

Dr. Sauget has over 20 years of experience in strategic management, market research, and executive leadership. She was President of her firm, Validus Business Strategies LLC, served 10+ years as Executive Director of Archview Economic Development Corp., and was a SVP and Corporate Director at Fleishman-Hillard. She has been an adjunct professor for eight years at Webster University.