Multicultural Leadership Society

The Multicultural Leadership Society (MCLS) has helped United Way create an infrastructure for our community to lean on during disasters and crises. With your support, we can continue ensuring that when people need food, shelter, care, counseling or respite, we are there to help.


We know our differences and unique perspectives are what make our community vibrant. Together, we celebrate our region’s diversity by engaging and uniting individuals from all cultures and recognizing professionals who value the importance of philanthropy. 


Members are committed to making our region a better place to live, work and thrive for everyone. They align themselves with United Way and help create a place where children and families thrive and neighbors care for each other.


The Multicultural Leadership Society offers an outlet for leaders from across the region and every industry sector to connect over a shared cause. Membership in the Society demonstrates community leadership and provides opportunities to develop as leaders for change. 

Your Dollars at Work


provides a month’s supply of diapers for 75 toddlers


provides a two-week hotel stay for a domestic violence victim needing immediate shelter


supplies five homebound seniors hot meals for six months

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Ready to Join?

A gift of $1,000 or greater gives you access to join one or more Leadership Giving Societies and helps people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

2022 Multicultural Leadership Society Cabinet Members

Bhavani Amirthalingam, Ameren Services, 2022 Co-Chair 

Santiago Beltran, Build-A-Bear Workshop, 2022 Co-Chair 

SiSi Beltran, Build-A-Bear Workshop, 2022 Co-Chair  

Tina Bhakta, Bayer U.S. LLC 

Sherry Bolling, Edward Jones 

Arvan Chan, Centene Corporation 

Anita N. Hansen, Regions Bank 

Amal Mansuri, Edward Jones 

Sal Martinez, Employee Connection 

Santiago Navarro, Bayer U.S. LLC 

Jaclyn Norono-Rodriguez, DHL 

Pradeep Rajendran, The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 

Gutberto Rosada Adorno, Bayer U.S. LLC

Past Multicultural Leadership Society Chairs

2021: Bhavani Amirthalingam 

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