St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Application

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Leadership Program is designed to address the interests and challenges of professionals of color as they work to develop and advance their careers. Participants in our program are Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander & American Indian, and other multicultural backgrounds. The Initiative Fellows program features a holistic approach that creates a safe and stimulating environment for participants to receive valuable feedback, self-reflect on the feedback, acquire effective leadership strategies and build relationships essential to their individual and collective growth.

This is a program for which a participant must be nominated.


The Initiative Fellows Program establishes a framework to enhance leadership capacity. The program further refines leadership competencies through a strategic curriculum and the sharing of wisdom and best practices. We focus on three main categories: 

  • Professional Development: in an open yet safe environment, participants reflect on their goals, performance and operating style, and how they adapt to varied workplace cultures; 
  • Relationship Building: program forums, social events and conferences where the full range of Fellows program participants foster the formation of a supportive professional and personal network essential to the success of one’s long-term growth and development; and 
  • Civic Engagement: through volunteer and civic activities, professionals sharpen and hone their skills, expand their relationships and deepen their connection with the broader community. 


Program participants meet monthly for one year. 

Program Content 

The Initiative Fellows program approach includes: 

  • Mastering an effective style of leadership 
  • Maximizing performance and adapting to change 
  • Developing talent and fostering a productive team 
  • Creating balance through career and life choices 
  • Leveraging professional expertise and resources to enhance the broader community 

Candidate Profile 

Initiative Fellows are: 

  • Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander and other people of color (but not exclusively) working in a company/organization in the St. Louis region 
  • Leveraging professional expertise and resources to enhance the broader community 
  • Mid-level manager; a high-level individual contributor; or professionals such as attorneys, doctors (MD and/or PhD), CPAs 
  • Employed a minimum of 7 years 
  • College graduates
  • Recipients of personal or professional achievement awards 
  • Demonstrated leaders within the company 
  • Invested in the betterment of communities 
  • Committed to full participation in the program 

The following information is required to be considered:

  • A completed application.
  • A current resume which includes employment (your responsibilities, including your level in the organization) and education (include all degrees, certificates, institutions, and years).
  • A brief (200-word maximum) Narrative Sketch essay which outlines your affiliations and interests (e.g., volunteer activities, nonprofit boards, and professional organizations) and information not depicted in your resume.
  • A Nomination Form completed by the executive making the nomination.

Your application will not be processed without this information.

Application deadline: May 10, 2019

Should you have questions, comments and/or concerns regarding the program, contact Rosalind Reese at or (314) 206-3224.

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