ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Regional Business Council will welcome 28 new leaders to the 2016-2017 Young Professionals Network Leadership 100 during an induction dinner July 28 at the Forest Park Trolley Room.
Now at 3,300 members, the Young Professionals Network represents more than 700 companies in the St. Louis region. Launched in 2008, the RBC’s goal is to attract and retain ethnically diverse professionals in the St. Louis business community. The program provides young professionals with unique opportunities for business, social networking, professional development and community involvement.
The 28 inductees join 72 existing members in the RBC YPN Leadership 100. The new cohort represents 25 distinct companies in the St. Louis region. They are entrepreneurs, lawyers, finance professionals, operation managers and senior executives.
“I believe in the St. Louis region and the people who live and work here,” offers Fineza Tangua, AVP, project manager at Wells Fargo Advisors and one of the 28 new inductees. “Leadership 100 will allow me to engage with current and future leaders to further my development.”
Tangua’s family came to the U.S. when she was 4 years old, leaving Angola, Africa, due to civil war. She touts the many great opportunities she has had for a great education and life.
Cuong Dang, founder and CEO of Enliven and another inductee, adds, “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.” Dang is eager to be part of the Leadership 100 to create more opportunities towards a more healthy and prosperous city.
“We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young professionals who are also engaged in our community,” states Kathy Osborn, executive director of the St. Louis RBC. “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 makeup of this year’s Leadership Cohort is: 60 percent female and 40 percent male, 54 percent African American, 17 percent Caucasion, 11 percent Hispanic/Latino, 14 percent Asian, and 4 percent Native American.
The Regional Business Council is a consortium of presidents and chief executive officers of mid- to large-sized companies in St. Louis. The mission of the RBC is to unite and engage members to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region. Go to www.stlrbc.org
— From the Illinois Business Journal