The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Experience

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Fellows Experience leadership program is designed to address the interests and challenges professionals of color face as they work to advance their careers.

This year-long program enhances each Fellow’s leadership capacity through professional development, relationship building, and civic engagement.

In an open environment, participants reflect on their goals, performance, operating styles, and how they adapt to varied workplace cultures. Access to forums, social events, and conferences fosters a supportive professional and personal network essential to long-term growth and development. And through volunteer and civic activities, Fellows hone their skills, expand their relationships, and deepen their connection with the broader St. Louis community.

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative network is vast with over 873 alumni across the nation. Once you become part of the Fellows Experience network, you’re able to tap into this wealth of knowledge, experience, and perspective to continue your professional development.

Fellowship Candidate Requirements

St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows are ethnically, racially, or gender diverse mid- to senior-level professionals, employed a minimum of 7 years, demonstrated leaders in the community and a college graduate (or equivalent skill and abilities). They are looking to develop their leadership and professional capabilities and capacity.

To apply to the program, you must provide:

  • A current resume outlining your employment responsibilities and education
  • A 200-word narrative sketch essay which is to include your affiliations, interests, and information not depicted in your resume (e.g., volunteer activities, nonprofit boards, and professional organizations)
  • Nomination form from your manager/company

Fellows are required to participate in the full program, which includes monthly full-day sessions and a three-day retreat. There are also optional after-hours events.

Applications may be sent as PDFs or you can apply here.

Fellows By The Numbers

  • 101 current Fellows
  • 974 Fellows alumni
  • 70% of Fellows are promoted within 2 years of the program
  • 30% of Fellows are elected to boards or appointed committees
  • 98 hours of training per Fellow per year
  • Over 1,600 hours of community service yearly
  • Fellows reside in 28 states and 3 countries
  • 90% reside in the St. Louis region
  • 400% growth of St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Fellows Experience since 2006

Thank You To Our 2021-2022 Partners

Alberici Constructors
Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Care Credit, Synchrony
CareVet Health
Commerce Bank
Edward Jones
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Ferguson-Florissant School District
Mercy Health
Nestlé Purina
NISA Investment Advisors
Park Central Development
US Bank
Wells Fargo