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Dave Steward on Building up the Next Generation of Leaders

January 18, 2019

In 1990, Dave Steward was looking for a new adventure.   Some may have been nervous or scared to start something new, but Steward wasn’t. He had already made a name for himself by developing a system to make the auditing process quicker for railroads, and he wanted to continue using technology in new and […]

“Everything is Possible Here”

January 14, 2019

Our region’s thriving small business scene is one of the things that makes our community great. But what you may not realize is it’s even more diverse than you think.   According to the St. Louis Mosaic Project, immigrants in our region are 60 percent more likely to start new businesses than native-born Americans, with […]

Your 2019 Do-Good Calendar

January 4, 2019

2019 is your year to shine. Getting involved in your community is a great way to make this year the best yet – for you, your neighbors and your community.   Use this calendar to get connected, learn and engage with the St. Louis region. We included some suggestions, plus blank spaces for you to […]

Five Reasons to Make Giving Back a Priority in the New Year

December 20, 2018

New year, new goals! As you take the time to pencil in everything you want to accomplish in 2019, don’t forget about giving back to your community.   There are plenty of reasons to make giving part of your annual goals, and donating to charity can do more for yourself than you think.   Giving […]

No goal is out of reach

December 17, 2018

This summer was no vacation for Brandon. In fact, it was a whirlwind.   In just ten weeks, the Missouri State University junior had the opportunity to shadow physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapists, physician assistants, a radiologist, a cardiologist and a few surgeons at SSM Health De Paul Hospital. He’s learned to apply ice […]

A week in St. Clair County, Illinois, on a $17,400 salary

December 6, 2018

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, 489,817 households struggle to have adequate income to meet basic living expenses like housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes and miscellaneous expenses.   This number includes Jerri*, a single mom with two kids in St. Clair County, Illinois, who works full time but still does not make […]

Everyone has something to share: How to make giving a family tradition

December 4, 2018

For 15-year-old Katie Eisenman, life is busy. There’s honor band and youth orchestra rehearsals, Girl Scout meetings and projects, honor societies and chess teams. Like any teenager, the high school sophomore also makes time for sleepovers with friends and relaxing with family.   But through it all, she still manages to give back to her […]

The more the merrier: How a network of friends came together for a family in need

November 29, 2018

Most people think of networking as a way to advance their careers. But last holiday season, Angela Smith brought together her network of family, friends and coworkers for a different cause—brightening the holidays for a family in need through 100 Neediest Cases.   Utilizing the 100 Neediest Cases fundraising platform, the group raised more than […]

The tools to succeed

November 6, 2018

Deric Mills, 52, had the drive to build his dream career in construction — he just needed the right tools. He’d lived out of state for several years, and when he moved back to St. Louis, he couldn’t afford a car to get to training and work sites.   Deric’s situation is not uncommon, especially for […]

Leading the Way: Bringing St. Louis Together for a Better Arts and Culture Scene

Attitudes about disabilities and accessibility are changing, and one local volunteer group is leading the charge.   The Arts and Culture Accessibility Collaborative (ACAC), formed last year by MindsEye Radio, a United Way supported agency, is working to make St. Louis’ arts and culture scene more accessible for people with disabilities as visitors, patrons, […]

Volunteering: More Than an “Ought”

When was the last time you heard someone say they were excited to volunteer? Typically, we see volunteering as a professional or moral obligation—to beef up resumes, build our networks or act out of gratitude or guilt for the privileges we possess.   None of these are bad motivations. On the contrary, it shows that […]

de Tocqueville Member Spotlight: Mary Kate Hogan

October 23, 2018

    Mary Kate Hogan Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP     What is the last word or phrase you searched on Google? “How do I get to Eterna City?” (My nephew and I were playing a game on the Nintendo DS, and we were having trouble navigating.)   What is the best personal/professional […]