The lack of leaders of color in corporate America isn’t due to a lack of talent. It’s due to a lack of opportunity and access.

The Initiative’s training programs provide professionals of color opportunity to leverage themselves into positions of power, influence, and authority while retaining these professionals in the St. Louis region.

Over 30 of the region’s leading institutions have enrolled more than 180 of their minority employees in Initiative’s programs. 90 percent of our Fellows program and 75 percent of our Gateway Connections program graduates credit The Initiative with influencing their decision to stay and seek opportunities in the region.

All programs offer in-depth leadership and professional development; networking opportunities that cross racial, ethnic, and cultural lines; and lessons in effective civic engagement.