Tag: Focus St. Louis



In November, our Women in Leadership course had the privilege of meeting Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch, the President and CEO of FOCUS St. Louis, a premier leadership organization that prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively in the St. Louis region. Dr. Akande-Bartsch spoke candidly about her background and what she has learned about leadership, starting her presentation with the adage: “The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.”

Her point being: Regardless of where you start, leadership is taking note of what’s happening in the world and showing up. Committing to at least one goal—to learn as much as you can—can change your perspective, and ultimately, your career path.

These beliefs are both a reflection of her upbringing and her passion for trying new things. Dr. Akande-Bartsch had an international education, attending school in Ghana and then completing her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate in the United States. She then encouraged other undergraduate students to see the world for themselves by recruiting them to study abroad.

Not only did Dr. Akande-Bartsch share her love for travel with these students, she also shared in the adventure of learning. By being open to new possibilities and assuming positive intention, one can really develop their leadership skills through self-reflection and self-confidence.

I noticed this in Dr. Akande-Bartsch’s mastery of the art of storytelling. As she walked us through her various titles and job responsibilities, it was clear that she had a deep understanding of herself and her core values. She recognized she was a driver and an agent of change, which ultimately led her to assume her current leadership position at FOCUS St. Louis.

Problem-solving is a key component of being a leader, both in our workplaces and greater communities. It was refreshing that Dr. Akande-Bartsch pointed out the importance of recognizing your own limitations. Being willing to delegate and coach others is pivotal when aligning personal and organizational values.

Dr. Akande-Bartsch’s spirit, positivity, and commitment to being a life-long learner are all qualities I’d like to emulate. How exactly does she do it? Well, her rituals include listening to NPR, taking phone calls during her morning commute, and hiking. She described her life as not in balance, but in a constant state of movement. I believe that Dr. Akande-Bartsch is the epitome of what it means to commit to an impact-driven career.

For those of you unfamiliar with the work of FOCUS St. Louis, I highly encourage you to follow the great initiatives the organization is undertaking—with Dr. Akande-Bartsch at the helm.

Dr. Akande-Bartsch, thank you again for attending the Women and Leadership class.

Guest Blogger: Olivia Williams, MBA ’18




FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 34 young professionals selected for the Fall 2017 class of Emerging Leaders, including Angie Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations for Olin’s Executive MBA program.

The Emerging Leaders program offers a select group of St. Louis’ young and talented the opportunity to receive training to strengthen their leadership and management skills. This 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.

Angela Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations, Executive MBA, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

Over the course of the three-month program, Emerging Leaders gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis community, an opportunity to develop their personal, professional and civic leadership skills, a chance for personal growth and self-assessment and a diverse network of peers.

FOCUS St. Louis® is the region’s premier leadership organization. FOCUS prepares a diverse base of leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through our experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives.

More than 10,000 people each year connect with FOCUS through our eight leadership programs, numerous civic engagement initiatives and active alumni network. There are multiple entry points into the organization offering varying degrees of opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, engage in authentic relationships with other leaders, learn about critical regional issues, and ultimately impact the quality of life in our region.

Fall 2017 Emerging Leaders Class

Paul Aten, Career Engineer, Ameren Missouri

Angela Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations, Executive MBA, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

Heather Benz, Environmental Scientist, AECOM

Andrea Billadeau, Global Regulatory Strategy & Operations Communications Specialist, Monsanto

Evita Caldwell, Freelancer

Lauren Campbell, Recruitment Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Rebecca Corson, Associate Attorney, Hamilton Weber LLC

Jennifer DeRose, Green Dining Alliance Program Manager, St. Louis Earth Day

Alex Elmestad, Director of Learning & Engagement, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Meredith Frey, Marketing & Brand Manager, Arcturis

Nadia Ghasedi, Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis

Ally Gramlich, Senior Digital Marketing Coordinator, Anders CPAs + Advisors

Galicia Guerrero, Manager, Community Relations, Youth Learning Center & The Biome School

Glennetta Haymon, Operations/Anti-Money Laundering Analyst, Citi

Troy Heumphreus, Senior Specialist – Key Account Support, MasterCard

Jermya Jackson, Operations Coordinator, SSM St. Louis University Hospital

Cami Kasmerchak, Beyond Jobs Operation Manager, Mission: St. Louis

John Kilper, Attorney, Hamilton Weber LLC

Amela Kuckovic, Assistant Project Manager, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Rebecca McBride, Membership & Annual Fund Manager, Missouri Historical Society

Sarah McCallion, Senior Account Executive, FleishmanHillard

Kei-Shae McCrary, Retention Specialist, Southeast Missouri State University

Diona Mills, Audit Team Leader, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Andrew Mitchell, Officer/AttorneyGreensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Aryka Moore, Attorney, Weathers Law

Ashley Morris, Trainer, Cognizant

Emma Morrow, Teen Outreach Program, SpecialistWyman Center

Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media, ManagerForest Park Forever

Justin Peters, Marketing Executive, J.W. Terrill, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Elise Puma, Associate, Thompson Coburn LLP

Brian Randazzo, Business Development Leader, Arcturis

Ellen Tisdale Brazelton, Project Specialist, MilliporeSigma

Tobias Wall, WriterGorilla 76, LLC

Justin M. Wilson, Assistant Director of Admission, Fontbonne University

Source: Focus St. Louis news release.


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