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Shalia Ford, FOCUS St. Louis

Learning Session: Equipping Youth to Lead

Shalia is the Director of Youth Leadership St. Louis and Emerging Leaders at FOCUS St. Louis. In this role she designs and facilitates experiential leadership programs for high school students and young professionals resulting in civic readiness, a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region and a more diverse network of peers and influencers. Her career in the nonprofit sector spans more than 20 years with expertise in youth development, program and curriculum design, and nonprofit administration. Shalia holds a B.A. in African-American Studies from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from Fontbonne University. She is also an alumnae of FOCUS St. Louis’ Coro Women in Leadership.