Hundreds of St. Louis business, higher education and government leaders convened August 18th at the Peabody Opera House to celebrate the STL EDGE – Building A People First Region. Highlights of the evening:

  • Presented the Right Arm of St. Louis to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, honoring his successes that changed the trajectory of St. Louis during his 31 years of public service and a historic four terms as mayor. (View his acceptance speech)
  • Warner Baxter, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation, was introduced as the next Chair of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
  • David Steward, Chairman of the Board of World Wide Technology, launched the Global Leadership Forum. Headquartered in St. Louis, the Forum will create a national pipeline of diverse STEM talent.
  • Announced Show U St. Louis, a regional college festival to help retain talent in our region.
  • Unveiled a commitment by 30 organizations to a unified brand voice for the St. Louis region and debuted Always Exploring, one of the first results of the effort. 

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(left to right) Rob Reeg, President, MasterCard Operations & Technologies, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan. The Right Arm of St. Louis award was hand-carved and printed by Firecracker Press of St. Louis.
David Steward, Chairman of the Board, World Wide Technology, discussed the new Global Leadership Forum with Suzanne Sitherwood, President and CEO of Spire.

(left to right) Carl Bouckaert and Suzanne Sitherwood, Spire; Missouri Governor Jay Nixon; Vic Svec, Peabody Energy and Tom Stillman, St. Louis Blues. Governor Nixon spoke at the CEO Reception.
The Networking Reception, held in the Peabody Opera House Grand Lobby, was sponsored by Bull Moose Industries and Lawrence Group.

Vocal Edge performed an innovative rendition of the St. Louis Blues, sponsored by the National Blues Museum, and the worldwide premier of St. Louis Everyday People.
Warner Baxter, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation and new chair of the St. Louis Regional Chamber with Joe Reagan, President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber.
Outgoing St. Louis Regional Chamber Chair, Suzanne Sitherwood, President and CEO of Spire, with incoming Chamber Chair, Warner Baxter, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation.
Rosa Mayer, Vice President of Company Relations, LaunchCode, described how their company connects people to local companies starved for technical talent.
The CEO reception, sponsored by Spire, recognized the new CEOs in the St. Louis region.
(left to right) Edgar Aguilar, Samira Boudiab, Kim Martin, Amanda Gioia and Arvind Jangi, MasterCard. MasterCard sponsored the Right Arm of St. Louis Award.

Shannon Bagley, Senior Vice President, Integration Management and Human Resources, Centene Corporation, described how businesses, colleges and universities are making St. Louis a top region for college attainment through educating, attracting and retaining talent. Centene sponsored the Celebration Reception.
Vin Ko, St. Louis Mosaic Project and Al Li, Regions Bank. Vin addressed Annual Event No. 179 on how the Mosaic Project builds a more welcoming and inclusive community through the attraction and retention of foreign-born people.

(left to right) Chris Motley, Better Weekdays; Peg Weathers, Saint Louis University; Brianna English, Sg2; Vijay Chauhan BioSTL. Chris announced at Annual Event No. 179 a new regional database to collect internships and employment postings in partnership with the Chamber.
Steve Smith, Lawrence Group and Jackie Yoon, Bank of America.

(left to right) Terry Hardin, National Blues Museum; Andrew and Karen Hendrix, Korte Luitjohn Contractors, Inc.; and Sherry Nash, National Blues Museum.
(left to right) Laurna Godwin, Vector Communications; LaTanya Reeves, Enterprise Financial Services; St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Keisha Mabry, College Bound 

A special thanks to our outstanding sponsors whose passion and generosity make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work and invest. 



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