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2016-17 Issue Forums
Here are just some of the issues we tackled or partnered on in the past year:
  • Policing
  • Hunger & Food Deserts
  • Ethics, Money & Politics
  • Immigration
  • The Status of Women & Girls in our Region
  • Ferguson's Fault Lines
  • Jobs, Skills & Innovation

FOCUS recognizes the need for citizens to engage in dialogue with leaders and subject matter experts to discuss complex issues and policies that impact our region. FOCUS Issue Forums were established with that in mind. We use our expansive membership and alumni network to bring together experts to discuss the most pressing topics of the day, typically in a panel discussion setting that allows for robust questions and discussion.

In the coming year, FOCUS will be rolling out more civics education programs and resources to the community. The need for dialogue across differences has never been greater, and we remain committed to providing these opportunities for connection, understanding and collaboration.



We couldn't do it alone! Check out some of the individuals and organizations who shared their time and talents with FOCUS this year during our leadership programs and civic engagement events.

Mirroring the spirit of collaboration we foster in our leadership programs, FOCUS joined forces with a number of community and corporate partners to deliver programming this year. These included ongoing programs, such as MasterCard Women In Leadership-STEM, and one-time events, such as the St. Louis City Mayoral Forum held in conjunction with 13 partners. 

FOCUS also launched a one-year partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, offering quarterly forums to explore the connection between the humanities and current issues and events.



Interested in bringing FOCUS training to your organization in the coming year? Click here to view examples of programs we can faciliate, or contact President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch to discuss a customized option to fit your needs.

We realize not everyone can go through a FOCUS program. To meet the ever-growing training needs of organizations in our region, FOCUS offers a wide variety of customized programs, offered on a one-time or ongoing basis.

These outreach programs go beyond standard leadership skills training, providing a deeper look into the issues, institutions and individuals shaping our region. Click here to view some of the organizations we provided customized training for in 2016-17.