Who We Are

We are the region’s premier leadership organization, preparing diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region.

What We Do

We educate leaders.
We connect leaders.
We facilitate important conversations.

Why We Do It

At FOCUS St. Louis, we believe that everyone has the potential for leadership and that strong civic leadership is essential for moving our region forward. Approaching difficult regional issues requires collaboration and commitment.

How We Do It

Through our continuum of experience-based leadership programs and civic issues education, we help people better understand our region and build their capacity for change.


FOCUS-trained leaders are prepared to make meaningful change in business, community and their personal circles of influence.

  • FOCUS-trained leaders are collaborative. In our programs, participants learn how to work across geographic boundaries, sectors, and demographic divisions to advance positive change.

  • FOCUS-trained leaders are critical thinkers. Participants are challenged to look at issues from multiple angles, seek out new perspectives and voices and take meaningful action.

  • FOCUS-trained leaders are connected. Participants build diverse networks of peers and mentors - both within their own program and across the FOCUS alumni community.

  • FOCUS-trained leaders are civically engaged. While each person’s path is different, our participants graduate with a better understanding of St. Louis’ civic landscape and a greater sense of personal commitment and responsibility to the region.