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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Olivette Included in the FOCUS St. Louis® Spring 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 34 talented young professionals for the Spring 2020 cohort of Emerging Leaders.

Thfocusis competitive program provides participants (ages 22-35) 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. Congratulations to Olivette’s Communications Manager, Kiana Fleming, for being selected as a participant for the spring cohort.

Since its launch in 2012, the FOCUS Emerging Leaders program has trained more than 450 young professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The three-month program includes a two-day opening retreat, group Civic Action Project and seminar days around the region, for a total of 40 hours of civic leadership development.

“Emerging Leaders is unique in its ability to bring together young professionals across sectors and industries,” says Program Director Shalia Ford. “It also continues to be a great springboard for participants, as they go on to pursue leadership positions in their careers and in the community.”

During the 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. Learn more about Emerging Leaders and other FOCUS programs at

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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