Event Recordings

Check out recordings from recent FOCUS events below or on our YouTube channel. For upcoming events, view our online calendar.

Leadership & Community Forums

Choosing Our Environment: Confluence, Climate & Community in the St. Louis Region
March 23, 2022
Featuring Louise Bradshaw, Saint Louis Zoo; Leah Clyburn, Sierra Club Missouri Chapter; Dr. Bob Criss, Washington University; Heather Navarro, Midwest Climate Collaborative; and Erica Williams, A Red Circle

Presented with support from Incarnate Word Foundation

Neighborhoods in Transition
January 26, 2022
Featuring Julia N. Allen, 4theVille; Annissa G. McCaskill, Dutchtown South Community Corporation; Vontriece McDowell, Invest STL; Angela Pinex, Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation; and Treena Thompson, West End Resident and Board Member, Cornerstone Corporation

Presented with support from Incarnate Word Foundation

The Reality of Burnout
December 8, 2021
Featuring Therapist and Life Coach Kathryn Stinson, LPC

Addressing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Issues in Schools
November 17, 2021
Featuring Dr. Karen Hall, Saint Louis University; Dr. Shonda Ambers-Phillips, Kirkwood School District; Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, University City School District; Brittany Hogan, formerly of Rockwood School District; Dr. Jaime Welborn, Saint Louis University

Presented with support from Incarnate Word Foundation

FOCUS on New Civic Leadership: Perspectives from Non-elected Leaders
October 27, 2021
Featuring Vanessa Cooksey, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis; Arrey Obenson, International Institute of St. Louis; Dr. Dwayne Proctor, Missouri Foundation for Health; Karlos Ramirez, Midwest BankCentre

Presented with support from Incarnate Word Foundation

The State of St. Louis: Where We Are, How We Got There and Our Future
April 27, 2021
Featuring Washington University Executive Vice Chancellor Hank Webber

FOCUS on Policy: Legislating St. Louis
February 17, 2021
Featuring Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio; LaShana Lewis, Downtown Neighborhood Association; Mike Jones, Jones Strategic Advisors; Tim O’Connell, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Higher Education in the Age of Covid Update
January 26, 2021
Featuring Dr. Nancy Blattner, Fontbonne University; Dr. Mark Lombardi, Maryville University; Dr. Randy Pembrook, SIUE; Dr. Kristin Sobolik, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Novel Approaches to Gun Violence in St. Louis
September 9, 2020
Featuring Sal Martinez, Employment Connection; Marcus McAllister, Cure Violence Global; Serena Muhammad, St. Louis Mental Health Board; and Poli Rijos, Institute for Public Health at WUSTL

Protests and Power Holders: The Role of Inside Changemakers
July 8, 2020
Featuring Sgt. Heather Taylor, Ethical Society of Police of the City of St. Louis; Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor; Dr. LJ Punch, St. Louis County Police Commissioner; and Lisa Clancy, St. Louis County Council

100 Years of the 19th Amendment
June 24, 2020
Featuring Jean Peters Baker, Missouri Democratic Party; Dr. Andrea Benjamin, University of Oklahoma; and Dr. Nancy Miller, League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis

Career Management During COVID
June 2, 2020
Featuring Roni Chambers, IMPACT Group; Bernie Frazier, SPHR, CareerCompass LLC; Mark Grieman, ROI Search Partners; and Michelle King, Reinsurance Group of America

CEO Leadership in the Era of COVID-19
May 26, 2020
Featuring Jason Carter, UNCOMN; Tony Thompson, Kwame Building Group, Inc.; and Dr. Frances Levine, Missouri Historical Society

Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
May 19, 2020
Featuring Jama Dodson, Saint Louis MHB; Joseph Yancey, Places for People; Bart Andrews, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Response (BHR), and Sandy Piper, MSC, CPA, LPC, Chesterfield Counseling Associates

HR in the Age of COVID
May 13, 2020
Featuring Mark Lindgren, Ameren; Jennifer Richert, Schnucks; Ann Seeney, St. Louis Cardinals; and Lisa Williams, Lutheran Senior Services

The Show Must Go On? COVID and the St. Louis Arts
May 5, 2020
Featuring Chris Hansen, Kranzberg Arts Foundation; Mont Levy, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis; Joan Lipkin, That Uppity Theatre Company; and Hana S. Sharif, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Medical Realities: Inequity in the Era of COVID-19
April 29, 2020
Featuring Dr. Fredrick Echols, City of St. Louis Department of Health; Dr. Alex Garza, SSM Health / St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force; and Dr. Laurie Punch, Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine

Higher Education in the Age of Coronavirus
April 21, 2020
Featuring Dr. Mark Lombardi, Maryville University; Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble, Webster University; Dr. Kristin Sobolik, University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Dr. Randy Pembrook, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A Conversation with St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page
April 15, 2020

A Conversation with St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson
April 14, 2020

Missouri COVID Response: Policy & Practice
April 8, 2020
Featuring Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project; Mardy Leathers, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development; Alexandra Rankin, Missouri Foundation for Health; and Kendra Holmes, Affinia Healthcare

Leadership in Times of Crisis
April 7, 2020
Featuring Anna Crosslin, International Institute of St. Louis; Jason Hall, Arch to Park; and Kelvin Westbrook, BJC HealthCare / KRW Advisors

Program Informational Sessions

Youth Leadership St. Louis – 2022-23
January 13, 2022

Emerging Leaders – Spring 2022
October 13, 2021

Women In Leadership – Spring 2022
October 14, 2021


Elevate Leadership Series

The Hidden Jazz of Teams
June 26, 2020
Featuring Dan Rubright, master guitarist, composer, bandleader & teacher; and Leslie Peters, CEO, Elements Partnership

Productive Conflict in the Workplace
June 19, 2020
Featuring Aaron Van Groningen, Senior Organizational Development & Training Consultant, Hicks-Carter-Hicks, LLC

You’re Hired! Mastering the Job Search During a Pandemic
May 15, 2020
Featuring Bernie Frazier, SPHR, Founder & President, Career Compass LLC

The Fundraiser’s Story
May 1, 2020
Featuring Author, Coach, Consultant and Speaker Martin Leifeld

The Art of Engagement: Storytelling for Leaders
April 24, 2020
Featuring Kerri Garbis, Founder & President, Ovation

The Power of Resiliency – Why We Need It & How We Develop It
April 17, 2020
Featuring Dr. Cheryl Throgmorton and Dr. David Rowan of Psychological Associates

How to Choose Courage Over Judgment in Difficult Times
April 10, 2020
Featuring Justine Froelker, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

What Your People Need from You As a Leader Right Now
April 3, 2020
Featuring Jeb Bates, Chief Experience Officer, ThoughtAction LLC

The Elevate Leadership Series was presented with support from