FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 32 talented young professionals for the Spring 2022 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This competitive 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, the FOCUS Emerging Leaders program has trained more than 575 early-career professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
“Emerging Leaders is the perfect opportunity for any early-career professional who wants to take on a greater leadership role in our region,” says FOCUS President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch. “Participants leave the program with a better understanding of themselves and our community and a clearer vision for their future.”
During the four-month program, participants meet with area leaders to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of St. Louis, explore their personal, professional and civic leadership styles and gain a diverse network of peers. Upon graduation, participants become part of the FOCUS network of more than 10,000 leadership program alumni.
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The Emerging Leaders program is presented with support from Big League Impact, Dierbergs, The Kwame Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, and Regions Bank.
Spring 2022 Emerging Leaders Class
Starkloff Disability Institute
Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Training & Development Manager
Mills Properties, Inc.
Associate Director of Community Strategy
Instructional Coach – Educational Leader
Hazelwood School District
EarthDance Organic Farm School
Wellness Coordinator and Program Director
The Collective STL @ Rung for Women
School Social Worker
Rockwood School District
Outreach and Training Coordinator
Sr. Financial Analyst
St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC HealthCare
Cost Allocation Manual Manager
Emerson Electric Co.
Growth & Development Administrative Assistant
Husch Blackwell LLP
Lead Instructor, Lead Learner, Founding Coach
Showstoppers Cheer STL
Marketing & Communications Manager
Vice President – Sr. Supplier Solutions Manager
Sales Enablement Coordinator
Director of External Relations
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
Sales District Leader
Pepsi Corporation (Frito-Lay)
Senior Project Analyst – Office of Innovation & Commercialization
Washington University in St. Louis
Human Resources Business Partner
Boards and Commission Liaison/Custodian of Records/Fiscal Note Coordinator
St. Louis County Executive
Board of Education Member for City of St. Louis/Mental Health Advocate
Cigna/Board of Education
Senior Associate – Project Architect
The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Public Policy Administration Graduate Student
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Client Development Advisor
Buckingham Strategic Wealth
Director – Women’s Business Center
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
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 www.focus-stl.org.