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The St. Louis Regional Business Council welcomed 28 new leaders to the 2016-2017 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Leadership 100 last night at an induction dinner at the Forest Park Trolley Room.
Launched in 2008, the RBC’s seeks to attract and retain ethnically diverse professionals in the St. Louis business community. The YPN program provides young professionals with unique opportunities for business, social networking, professional development and community involvement. Now at 3,300 members, the YPN represents more than 700 companies in the St. Louis region.
“We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young professionals who are also engaged in our community,” said Kathy Osborn, executive director of the St. Louis RBC in a statement “The accomplishments of this year’s inductees and those of our returning Leadership 100 are truly remarkable and serve as a great indicator of our region’s continued growth and vitality.”
The new cohort represents 25 companies in the St. Louis region. They are entrepreneurs, lawyers, finance professionals, operation managers and senior executives. This year’s Leadership Cohort is: 60 % female and 40% male, 54% African American, 17% Caucasian, 11% Hispanic/Latino, 14% Asian and 4% Native American.
“I believe in the St. Louis region and the people who live and work here,” Fineza Tangua, AVP, project manager at Wells Fargo Advisors and one of the 28 new inductees said in a statement. “Leadership 100 will allow me to engage with current and future leaders to further my development.”
“Having been in St. Louis for 13 years, I’ve grown to love the city and hope to foster economic development between St. Louis and countries in Asia,” said fellow inductee Cuong Dang, founder and CEO of Enliven. Dang says he looks forward to helping create a more healthy and prosperous city.
Here’s the full list of recipients:
Amita Shah, Risk Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors
Ben Vliet Territory Manager at John Deere
CaSonya Thompson, IT Reporting Lead Analyst at Centene Corporation Compliance
Chrissy Rogers, Director at Arcturus
Crystal Foster, Project Manager II at Centene
Cuong Dang, Founder and CEO of Enliven
Dan Kieffer, Talent Acquisition Manager at Slalom
Daniela Velazquez, Principal/Owner at Mavend Media LLC
Darius Chapman, Account Executive at Direct Incentive Sourcing
Darryl M. Chatman, Of Counsel Attorney at Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Elizabeth Marengo, Manager, Organization Development at Nestle Purina
Eric Madkins, AVP Midwest Community Affairs Manager at Regions Bank
Ernesto Segura, LLP Attorney at Husch Blackwell
Fineza Tangua, AVP, Project Manager of Manager Onboarding at Wells Fargo Advisors
Guerin Pichon, Managing Consultant at BKD
Jackie Behnen, Tax Manager at PwC
Jacob Marshall, Superintendent of Operations at Kinder Morgan
Janet Dayawon, Relationship Marketing Coordinator at Creative Circle
Jenifer Morris, Patient Accounts Representative at BJC Healthcare
Keisha Lee, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Lindsay McClure-Hartman, Associate at Husch Blackwell LLP
Malissa Shaw, Account Manager at Distribution Management inc.
Phillice Gregory, Senior Real Estate Agent at Ameren
Sarah McCallion, Communications Specialist at HOK
Shakaye Peters, Contracts Counsel at Ascension
Steven Holman, AVP – Account Executive at Lockton Companies
Thomas Taylor, Business Support Manager at U.S. Trust
Yooni Lee, People Operations and Talent Acquisition Associate at Amitech Solutions