FOCUS St. Louis held their 22nd annual What's Right with the Region awards celebration at The Sheldon Concert Hall on May 16. FOCUS St. Louis is the region's premier nonprofit leadership organization that prepares diverse leaders through its leadership training, civic education and public engagement initiatives. Guests enjoyed cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres while networking before the awards presentations in the concert hall.
FOCUS St. Louis President and CEO, Yemi Akande-Bartsch welcomed guests while co-chairs Mike Hart, Lauren Herring and Debbie Rush presented awards in five categories: Demonstrating Innovative Solutions, Fostering Creativity for Social Change, Improving Equity and Inclusion, Promoting Stronger Communities, and Emerging Initiatives. Blake Strode was awarded the 2019 FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Alumni Award, Christine Chadwick was presented the 2019 FOCUS St. Louis Alumni Award and Box Fox was honored with the 2019 Leadership Award.