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Multicultural Leadership Society

Created in 2009, the Multicultural Leadership Society engages and unites over 800 individuals from all cultures and recognizes diversity-minded professionals who value the importance of philanthropy. The Society creates a platform for these individuals to familiarize members with other key leaders in the region and prepares them for their role in serving our community.

SiSi & Santiago Beltran

"I don’t view being involved in the community as work – it’s not one more thing taking me away from home. Through United Way's Multicultural Leadership Society, we support diversity in our community and the building of a stronger community. To us, being a part of MCLS means we're able to be involved in an organization that's tied to our culture."

Krist Calicutt

"I chose the Multicultural Leadership Society because my passion is around diversity, and I felt like this Society really speaks to the diversity of the community. What better than to join a group that embraces diversity and is part of an organization that makes sure our dollars go to diverse communities here in St. Louis. This group is a natural fit for me."

Ready to Join?

The annual membership commitment for United Way's Multicultural Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives. Through this donation, you are able to invest in our community while being part of a dynamic, vibrant Society that embraces diversity and opportunity.

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Multicultural Leadership Society Cabinet

2019-2020 CHAIRS

Karlos Ramírez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



Bhavani Amirthalingam, Ameren Services

Santiago Beltran, Build-A-Bear Workshop

SiSi Beltran, Build-A-Bear Workshop

Sherry Bolling, Edward Jones

Nej Hanna, Edward Jones

Anita Hansen, Regions Bank

Linda Jing, Genective

Sal Martinez, Employee Connection

Santiago Navarro, Bayer U.S. LLC

Jaclyn Norono-Rodriguez, BCI Packaging

Claudia Ochoa-Espejo, Edward Jones

Pradeep Rajendran, The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Past Multicultural Leadership Society Chairs

2019-2020: Karlos Ramírez and Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano


2016-2018: SiSi and Santiago Beltran


2013-2015: Ninoska and Patrick Clarkin


2012: Arindam and Shanna Kar


2010-2011: Arindam Kar


2009: Aida Fuentes