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FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 19 outstanding women selected for the fall 2019 class of Coro™ Women In Leadership.

The Coro Women In Leadership program offers women the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis region, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds during this three-month program, held each fall and spring. Seminars and field days are held throughout the St. Louis region, giving participants the opportunity to visit various communities, interview leaders across sectors and observe different styles of leadership.

“This class brings together talented women from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors,” says Joani Alsop, Director of Learning and Coro WIL program trainer. “Our goal is that they leave the program with a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, along with the knowledge, skills, resources and network to bring those goals to life in their careers and the community.”

Upon graduation, participants will join the network of more than 10,000 FOCUS program alumni.

Nominations/applications are now being accepted for our Spring 2020 cohort of Coro Women In Leadership. Learn more or apply online at

Coro Women In Leadership - Fall 2019 Cohort

Crystal Allen Dallas

Owner/Chief Creative Strategist

Excel Business Concepts

Jennifer Baer Lotsoff

Director of Family and Young Adult Engagement

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Katrina Brown

PHASE Program Coordinator

St. Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice/SSM Cardinal Glennon

Elizabeth Crabtree


The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (the Hett) at McKendree University

Sara Davis

Research and Evaluation Manager

Saint Louis Science Center

Jennifer Dunn Stewart

Stakeholder Engagement Consultant

Nicole Fordson

Founder & CEO

Next Steps, Inc.

Natasha Goodman

Manager of Onboarding

Twain Financial Partners LLC

Shakia Gullette

Manager, Local History Initiatives

Missouri Historical Society

Candace Harris

HR Generalist


Yetunde Janski-Ogunfidodo

Program Manager – Grants

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

Mareka Jones

Community Initiatives Coordinator


Kayla Kromer

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Jessie McCoy

Senior Manager


Rosetta Okohson

Managing Partner & Principal

MO Political Consulting

Minaxi Patel

Sr. IT Analyst, Technical Module Lead for SAP FI/CO


Crystal Patterson

United States Probation Officer

United States Probation Office-Eastern District of Missouri

Linda Schulte

Director of External Affairs

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Manorama Tripathi

Production Supervisor


About FOCUS St. Louis

FOCUS St. Louis is the region’s premier leadership organization. It’s a nonprofit that prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through its experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives. As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS engages citizens to deliberate on critical regional community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. Find out more at

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