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The strength of our region depends upon the quality of our leaders and their ability to work together, values that are of the heart of FOCUS' eight leadership programs.


What makes the FOCUS leadership experience unique?


A Continuum of Programs

FOCUS meets participants where they are, with leadership programs for every stage of an individual's life and career, from high school students to senior executives.



While many leadership programs focus on individual competencies, FOCUS programs go a step further, connecting participants to the broader issues facing our region. Beyond the change they experience in themselves and their careers, FOCUS graduates go out into the world with a deeper sense of commitment to the St. Louis community and the ability to create change.



Our programs strive to represent the diversity of our region, drawing participants from across counties, sectors, industries, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and beliefs. Participants build deep connections that last long after graduation day with individuals they might never have otherwise met.


which focus program is right for you?


Download our program matrix or try out this short quiz to find your best fit.


Youth Leadership St. Louis (YLSL)

Since 1989, YLSL has brought together high school juniors from public, private, and parochial schools for an entire school year. The program allows participants to develop leadership, strength of character, and team-building skills. --> LEARN MORE


Coro™ Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Since 1972, this intensive, nine-month, full-time professional development program has combined exposure to nonprofit, government, business, labor, and electoral politics with rigorous, hands-on training. --> LEARN MORE


Emerging Leaders

In 2012, the Emerging Leaders program launched to offer young professionals the chance to develop leadership skills, define their personal brand, determine which causes or issues most energize them, and discover how to leverage their strengths to benefit the community.  --> LEARN MORE 


Coro™ Women In Leadership (WIL)

Since 1981, this five-month, part-time training program has given women the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, learn about the community, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds who care about community issues.  --> LEARN MORE 


Leadership St. Louis® (LSL)

Since 1976, LSL has been considered St. Louis' flagship leadership program. This highly selective program brings together a diverse group of leaders who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving the region for experiential learning and community immersion. --> LEARN MORE


Experience St. Louis (ESL)

Since 1984, FOCUS has partnered with the St. Louis Regional Chamber to offer this regional orientation program for executives and their spouses/partners who are new to the community, as well as others recently promoted to senior-level positions. --> LEARN MORE


FOCUS Impact fellows

Introduced in  2016, FOCUS Impact Fellows represents the most advanced FOCUS training program, offering experienced leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region. --> LEARN MORE


Alumni Network

Upon graduation from a FOCUS leadership program, participants join a network of more than 8,000 alumni. FOCUS hosts a number of events and programs throughout the year to offer ongoing opportunities for learning, discussion, networking and engagement. --> LEARN MORE

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