At Heydays HQ, Keisha Mabry Haymore provides the space and support for women and founders of color to create, collaborate…
Through Bold Xchange, co-founders Danielle Deavens and Doug Spencer aim to improve equity in entrepreneurship by helping large companies support…
Abbey Eilermann and her team at the Daily Disco bring fresh eyes and unique designs to the vintage art of…
Taking Care of Business
Rebecca van Bergen’s nonprofit Nest aims to advance gender equity and economic inclusion through craft.
St. Louis’ Switchgrass Spirits is carving its own path with its grain-to-glass whiskey and brandy.
For more than 25 years, Ready Readers has helped advance social and racial equity in St. Louis by bolstering literacy…
Jenny Hill’s Yes Honey Studio uses the art of dance to help people celebrate moving their bodies.
A Broad Canvas
At Onyx Dagger in Lafayette Square, Valencia Miller combines fine art with tattoo art, supporting local painters in St. Louis…
With May’s Place, Katie May highlights the merits of shopping vintage – both for you and for the planet.
Rebundle’s CEO Ciara Imani May is revolutionizing the hair extension industry with the first U.S.-made, plant-based hair braiding brand.
Noboleis Vineyards and Root Food + Wine draw St. Louisans to the natural beauty of Augusta.
Moji Sidiqi leads the International Institute of St. Louis’ Afghan Support Program in helping refugees adjust to their new home.
More Than A Market
Lacy Cagle leads City Greens Market in the Grove to be a hub for community, education and local produce.
Propel Kitchens is building health and wealth within the historically under-resourced community of the St. Louis Promise Zone by providing…
At Central Print, Marie Oberkirsch passes on the art of traditional letterpress printmaking to future generations, while using the craft…
First through a youth academy and now with a new online portal, Olivia Rae Davis wants to get more people…
Raised on Glazed
Syeeda Aziz-Morris is carrying on the family tradition of donut-making at Pharaoh's Donuts in Downtown and the Central West End.
Babyation founders Samantha Rudolph and Jared Miller have redesigned the breast pump to meet the needs of parents today.
Dr. Sarah George and other researchers at Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development are leading national…
Nerds with Heart
In St. Peters, PokéNerds store owners Brian and Valeria Trull have built a community for Pokémon fans, who are in…
Beyond the Bag
Through her luxury handbag line Lux & Nyx, Lisa Hu seeks to empower women through functional, sustainable bags that marry…
At Racine and Rafael Martir’s boutique, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, teenage Latinas can find the dress of their dreams to…
A Powerful Lift
As the executive director of Paralympic operations at Logan University, Kelley Humphries-Mascoll is advancing the Paralympic movement in St. Louis…
Hive Mind – Part Two
A team of local scientists work together on how to improve produce yields in urban orchards and community gardens.
Hive Mind – Part One
With the goal of helping community gardens produce more fresh food, scientists from six different St. Louis institutions are collaborating…
Snacking for Change
With Airly crackers, a team from Brentwood-based Post Holdings has created a tasty way for people to combat climate change.
A Mindful Movement
With Generation Mindful, Suzanne Tucker is striving to create a more emotionally healthy world.
Nothing Little About It
From rural China to Fox Park, Lona Luo has come a long way in her journey to become one of…
In Fox Park, nonprofit Rung for Women helps women take their personal and professional lives to the next level.
Rethink and Refill
At her sustainable lifestyle shop, Dharma + Dwell in Webster Groves, Jordan Blackhurst helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices.
With Geneoscopy, Erica Barnell is looking to change the game of colon cancer screening and ultimately, save lives.
Advocating for Inclusion
With the Starkloff Disability Institute, Colleen Starkloff works to make the world a place where people of all abilities feel…
Local farmers and entrepreneurs build their businesses and a strong community through the support of St. Louisans at the Tower…
Small Park, Big Impact
Through Pocketparks, Samantha Lee Smugala is bringing art, activation and opportunity to transform vacant lots into community gathering spaces.
With the support of her local Buy Nothing group, Briana Morales guides her students in East St. Louis through social-emotional…
Charlene Lopez Young and Darren Young are bringing Filipino flavors to the region with their barbecue and smoked meats business,…
St. Louisans find peace and purpose in parks and on trails throughout the region.
In Wright City, Maria Marshall leads certified organic Marshall Family Farms in practicing regenerative agriculture, raising heritage poultry and producing…
Ice Cream Queen
Opening her fifth location in six years, Clementine’s Creamery owner Tamara Keefe takes pride in the growing national buzz around…
Natissia Small, Ed.D., reduces barriers for St. Louis youth to pursue and succeed in higher education.
Tap Into Talent
Led by Chief Operating Officer Sarah Bernard, Inclusively connects employees with disabilities with compatible jobs, and helps companies adapt to…
Trezel Brown's CC's Vegan Spot has become a destination for local vegans and is converting more folks to try plant-based…
Lisa Govro, through her company Big Heart Tea Co., is not only revolutionizing how tea tastes, but ensuring it’s ethically…
The Power of Plants
Mónica Carlsen, a Venezuelan immigrant and plant biologist with the Missouri Botanical Garden, is inspiring the next generation of budding…
Making Art at the MAC
Brandace Cloud's art collective is bringing people together in Staunton, Illinois.
Health and Healing
Naturopathic physician Jamila Owens-Todd extends her mission of healing further into the community through her ownership of the Golden Grocer…
Ready, Set, Launch
Je'Nell McCrary transitioned from radio to tech thanks to skills she gained through LaunchCode's CoderGirl program.
Biotech startup PercayAI and Washington University are collaborating to find treatments for COVID-19, through the work of people like computational…
Marian Middle School students find inspiration for their future in the history-making election of the first Black female vice president, Kamala…
Bringing Love to the Table
Shana Alicia Poole-Jones started her Grab and Go Table to give food and supplies to folks in need, and keeps…
The Navigate STL Schools dashboard and programs are helping parents make informed decisions for their children's education.
In Full Bloom
At Oliver’s Coffee + Flower Bar in Maplewood, Olivia Ridgel's focus on creativity and inclusion have blossomed into a magical,…
Kemba Noel-London used geospatial data in her doctoral research to discover disparities in access to youth sports throughout the St.…
Entrepreneur Bronwyn Morgan brings drones and geospatial tech together with her company, XEO Air.
Angela Zeng didn’t listen to critics who told her to start her line of superfood drinks, Karviva Beverages, elsewhere; after…
Bridging the Gap
The Foodshed.io app links small family farms to grocery stores so consumers can buy more local produce and farmers can…
Okunsola M. Amadou is improving health outcomes for Black women with a wraparound model of care at Missouri's first equal…
Empowering the Community
For 20 years, Diversity Gallery owner Leslie Christian Wilson has connected with St. Louisans through art, jewelry and natural hair.
Changing the Conversation
Local start-up We Stories is teaching the next generation to be anti-racist.
Lourdes Bailón and Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano created STLJuntos, a Facebook page and website that has become an essential resource for Spanish-speaking…
Even during a pandemic, the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies is getting essential period products to people in need.
Learning Through Play
Therapists who work with children on the autism spectrum shift their delivery methods to support families during the pandemic.
EarthDance Organic Farm School Hosts Pay-What-You-Can Drive-Thru Farm Stand in Ferguson.
Data for the Greater Good
Saint Louis University professor Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., uses geospatial techniques to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Creating Through Crisis
Mee Jey, an immigrant artist from India, tells community stories through her art in St. Louis and abroad.
A World of Knowledge
Attorney Nalini Mahadevan is helping St. Louis corporations attract and retain top international talent for the region's growing industries.
‘Round and ‘Round
For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.
Hope and Heart
Valeda Keys turns strength into action as she helps St. Louis women recover from breast cancer.
A Global Community
As the St. Louis region recruits top international talent to its companies, Susan Gobbo is building a support system for…
Spilling the Beans
Estie Cruz-Curoe’s Cuban-style black beans at del Carmen Foods are filling a delicious niche in the St. Louis food scene.
Call of the Wild
For Kari Musgrave, honing her veterinary skills at the world-class Saint Louis Zoo is a dream come true.
Healing Through Art
Paige Walden-Johnson uses CommUNITY Arts STL’s creative outlets to help first responders and their families process trauma.
The Business of Basketball
Khalia Collier has transformed the St. Louis Surge into both a competitive team and an economic driver.
Through Human Spaces, Lisa Rokusek is exploring how people can learn from each other with empathy and purpose.
La Patisserie Chouquette co-owner and executive pastry chef Simone Faure has become the maven of macarons in St. Louis.
Education for All
Through EdHub STL, Sherita Love helps educators shake up their classrooms and eliminate barriers for students.
Angi Taylor found meaningful work in St. Louis’s growing agriculture industry.
Tonina’s passion for the low notes is creating a hum in St. Louis.
Cooking with Love
Through food, ‘MamaCat’ Cathy Daniels nurtures and respects St. Louis’s unhoused residents.