Advisory Board: Christine Chadwick
Christine Chadwick is is the founding Executive Director of FOCUS St. Louis, the region's premiere leadership organization. It is a nonprofit organization that develops and connects leaders from diverse backgrounds, and empowers them to work together to build a thriving St. Louis community. FOCUS programs and initiatives develop and engage leaders from high school students to senior level executives.
Chris was named the first Executive Director of the organization following the merger between The Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis and Confluence St. Louis in November of 1996. In June 2011, Chris oversaw another strategic transaction to incorporate the programs of Coro™ Leadership Center-St. Louis into FOCUS. In addition to serving as Executive Director, she also directs the flagship Leadership St. Louis and Experience St. Louis programs and serves as lead consultant/project manager on many customized programs FOCUS designs for clients.
Prior to joining FOCUS, Chris operated her own company, CALAB Consulting, specializing in Nonprofit Management, Long Range/Strategic Planning, and Workforce Diversity.She is one of the St. Louis community's most active volunteers, having served on the boards of 30 nonprofit organizations including terms as president of six of these boards. Chris currently serves on seven local nonprofit boards, and an additional six boards in an advisory capacity.
Chris has received numerous honors and awards. These include being named a "Woman of Achievement" in 1991 for her impressive volunteer service. She was included in Alive Magazine's first "Buzz List" in 2006 comprised of people, places, and ideas that are putting St. Louis on the map. Chris was also named as one of St. Louis' "Most Influential" by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2012. Chris is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University and a graduate of many local and national leadership programs. A native of Chicago, Chris and her husband David moved to St. Louis in 1977. They have four grown children, a son and daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.