Leadership Programs

Experience St. Louis

Since 1984, Experience St. Louis has been providing executives and senior-level leaders with an insider’s orientation to the region. For those with limited time, the program is a great way to get connected quickly and come up to speed on the issues, institutions and individuals shaping our region. 

Who Should Apply

If you’re an executive who is new to the St. Louis community, or have recently been promoted to a senior-level leadership position, Experience St. Louis was designed for you. Spouses/partners are also encouraged to participate. 

Like all FOCUS leadership programs, Experience St. Louis welcomes participants from all backgrounds, industries and sectors.

What to Expect

Experience St. Louis is offered each year, with the next session set for October 10 & 11, 2024 (9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day). During the two-day orientation, you’ll explore the historical, political, economic, cultural and social landscape of St. Louis. Led by FOCUS’ President & CEO, you’ll also have the chance to connect and talk with leaders and influential decision-makers in the community.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Reserve your spot for our next session on Oct. 10 & 11, 2024!


How to Apply

Our next session of Experience St. Louis is set for October 10 & 11, 2024.  Register now! 

Or, refer a leader you know by submitting a nomination form.


Tuition for Experience St. Louis is $800/executive or $1,400/couple. Fees include a one-year membership in FOCUS St. Louis.


For More Information

Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D.
Experience St. Louis Director
Tel: (314) 657-4019
Email Yemi