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Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Experience Accepting Applications for 2022 Cohort 

Program advances professional skills of diverse mid- and senior-level leaders

February 7, 2022
Diverse Business Accelerator

As part of its efforts to drive inclusive economic growth in the St. Louis metro, Greater St. Louis, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of its St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative (SLBDI) Fellows Experience. The year-long program addresses the interests and challenges professionals of color face as they work to advance their careers.

“The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Experience offers an opportunity for participants to know their value, rediscover their passion, create their own roadmap, and awaken to new possibilities both personally and professionally,” said SLBDI Director Rosalind Reese. “The Fellows emerge from the program, ready to embrace an empowered and transformed version of themselves as business and community leaders.”  

The Fellows Experience 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 program runs from September 2022 through September 2023, and includes monthly full-day sessions throughout, as well as a one-time, three-day retreat and optional after-hours events.  

“The knowledge and confidence I’ve gained from the Fellows Experience helped inspire me to take the next step in my career, level up and pursue C-Suite opportunities, ultimately landing the Consumer and Business Banking Market Executive role for US Bank, leading all the company’s consumer and business banking and philanthropic activities for the St. Louis and Illinois market,” said Chris Carroll, a 2016-2017 program participant.

The Fellows program was founded in 2006. Since then, nearly 1,000 Fellows have completed the program, with 90% remaining in the metro.  

  • 70% of Fellows are promoted within two years of the program.
  • 26% of Fellows are elected to boards or appointed committees.
  • Fellows contribute 1,600 hours of community service annually. 

Greater St. Louis, Inc. is currently accepting applications through May 13, 2022. To qualify, applicants must be ethnically, racially, or gender diverse mid- to senior-level professionals who have been employed a minimum of seven years, offer demonstrated community leadership, have a college degree or the equivalent skill and abilities, and be looking to develop their leadership and professional capabilities and capacity. 

For more information on the SLBDI Fellows Experience, contact Rosalind Reese at 314-206-3224 or