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All Around Art

Artist, teacher, and St. Louis native Marley Billie D creates boldly colorful, mixed-media artworks that borrow inspiration from her upbringing…

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Opera for All – Part One

A national and international jewel, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis brings world-class opera to the metro in welcoming and accessible…

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Prep Work

With Top Tutors For Us, founder Angelica Harris is helping Black high school students build academic skills and improve college…

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Edible Education

Serving seasonal eats, Fresh Gatherings Cafe + Farm is a unique culinary teaching lab on the Saint Louis University campus…

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Mother of Invention

With Bask & Bloom Essentials, Candera Thompson has created hair-care products that empower women and help with postpartum hair health.

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Shared Language

Based in the Bevo neighborhood, Immigrant Home English Learning Program connects foreign-born residents with volunteer tutors to learn English —…

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Friendship, Faith and Futures

Pastors Ken and Beverly Jenkins opened community development hub R&R Marketplace in Dellwood with the aim to change lives.

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Second Nature

From her studio in the Marine Villa neighborhood, acclaimed artist Lauren Marx draws inspiration from the native flora and fauna…

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A New Leaf

From her home office in Wildwood, TeaVoila founder Souzan Gerami is revolutionizing an industry with plant-based, compostable to-go tea cups.

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Microcinema
Magic

Arkadin Cinema & Bar opens up worlds in the Bevo neighborhood, where owners Sarah Baraba and Keith Watson share a…

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A Welcoming
Space

MaTovu celebrates five years of fellowship and inclusive programming for the Jewish community in the City of St. Louis.

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Mapping
Tomorrow

Through her nonprofit workforce development organization, Gateway Global, Zekita Armstrong Asuquo is training under-resourced high school students for entry-level jobs…

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Singing Her Own Tune

Girl Conductor founder Maria A. Ellis uses a unique blend of gospel, R&B, and hip-hop to make music education more…

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A Coffee Culture

At Brew Tulum, Laura McNamara and Alberto Juarez bring a deep-dive into Mexican coffee culture to the Delmar Maker District.

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Harnessing Talent

Entrepreneur and talent recruiter Anjie Sanford has launched a new program through BioSTL that offers minority college students internships at…

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Anjie Sanford, talent recruitment & inclusive entrepreneur development lead at BioSTL

Impeccable Taste

Craig and Mowgli Rivard are making a mark in Fox Park with their Brooklyn-inspired, modern neighborhood restaurant, Little Fox.

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Creating Space

At Heydays HQ, Keisha Mabry Haymore provides the space and support for women and founders of color to create, collaborate…

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Bold Moves

Through Bold Xchange, co-founders Danielle Deavens and Doug Spencer aim to improve equity in entrepreneurship by helping large companies support…

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Stitching Vibes

Abbey Eilermann and her team at the Daily Disco bring fresh eyes and unique designs to the vintage art of…

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Taking Care of Business

Rebecca van Bergen’s nonprofit Nest aims to advance gender equity and economic inclusion through craft.

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Free Spirits

St. Louis’ Switchgrass Spirits is carving its own path with its grain-to-glass whiskey and brandy.

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A Reading
Revolution

For more than 25 years, Ready Readers has helped advance social and racial equity in St. Louis by bolstering literacy…

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Just Dance

Jenny Hill’s Yes Honey Studio uses the art of dance to help people celebrate moving their bodies.

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A Broad Canvas

At Onyx Dagger in Lafayette Square, Valencia Miller combines fine art with tattoo art, supporting local painters in St. Louis…

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Sustaining Style

With May’s Place, Katie May highlights the merits of shopping vintage – both for you and for the planet.

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Hair Care

Rebundle’s CEO Ciara Imani May is revolutionizing the hair extension industry with the first U.S.-made, plant-based hair braiding brand.

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Planting Roots

Noboleis Vineyards and Root Food + Wine draw St. Louisans to the natural beauty of Augusta.

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Open Arms

Moji Sidiqi leads the International Institute of St. Louis’ Afghan Support Program in helping refugees adjust to their new home.

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More Than A Market

Lacy Cagle leads City Greens Market in the Grove to be a hub for community, education and local produce.

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Cooking Up

Propel Kitchens is building health and wealth within the historically under-resourced community of the St. Louis Promise Zone by providing…

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Fine Print

At Central Print, Marie Oberkirsch passes on the art of traditional letterpress printmaking to future generations, while using the craft…

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Sew Crafty

First through a youth academy and now with a new online portal, Olivia Rae Davis wants to get more people…

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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.

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Pumped Up

Babyation founders Samantha Rudolph and Jared Miller have redesigned the breast pump to meet the needs of parents today.

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Life-Saving Science

Dr. Sarah George and other researchers at Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development are leading national…

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Nerds with Heart

In St. Peters, PokéNerds store owners Brian and Valeria Trull have built a community for Pokémon fans, who are in…

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Beyond the Bag

Through her luxury handbag line Lux & Nyx, Lisa Hu seeks to empower women through functional, sustainable bags that marry…

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Princess Dreams

At Racine and Rafael Martir’s boutique, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, teenage Latinas can find the dress of their dreams to…

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A Powerful Lift

As the executive director of Paralympic operations at Logan University, Kelley Humphries-Mascoll is advancing the Paralympic movement in St. Louis…

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Hive Mind – Part Two

A team of local scientists work together on how to improve produce yields in urban orchards and community gardens.

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Hive Mind – Part One

With the goal of helping community gardens produce more fresh food, scientists from six different St. Louis institutions are collaborating…

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Snacking for Change

With Airly crackers, a team from Brentwood-based Post Holdings has created a tasty way for people to combat climate change.

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A Mindful Movement

With Generation Mindful, Suzanne Tucker is striving to create a more emotionally healthy world.

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Nothing Little About It

From rural China to Fox Park, Lona Luo has come a long way in her journey to become one of…

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Empowering
Women

In Fox Park, nonprofit Rung for Women helps women take their personal and professional lives to the next level.

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Rethink and Refill

At her sustainable lifestyle shop, Dharma + Dwell in Webster Groves, Jordan Blackhurst helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices.

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Screening Startup

With Geneoscopy, Erica Barnell is looking to change the game of colon cancer screening and ultimately, save lives.

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Advocating for Inclusion

With the Starkloff Disability Institute, Colleen Starkloff works to make the world a place where people of all abilities feel…

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Homegrown
Market

Local farmers and entrepreneurs build their businesses and a strong community through the support of St. Louisans at the Tower…

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Small Park, Big Impact

Through Pocketparks, Samantha Lee Smugala is bringing art, activation and opportunity to transform vacant lots into community gathering spaces.

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Giving Lessons

With the support of her local Buy Nothing group, Briana Morales guides her students in East St. Louis through social-emotional…

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Flavor Full

Charlene Lopez Young and Darren Young are bringing Filipino flavors to the region with their barbecue and smoked meats business,…

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Natural Wonders

St. Louisans find peace and purpose in parks and on trails throughout the region.

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Organic Growth

In Wright City, Maria Marshall leads certified organic Marshall Family Farms in practicing regenerative agriculture, raising heritage poultry and producing…

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Ice Cream Queen

Opening her fifth location in six years, Clementine’s Creamery owner Tamara Keefe takes pride in the growing national buzz around…

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Building Bridges

Natissia Small, Ed.D., reduces barriers for St. Louis youth to pursue and succeed in higher education.

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Tap Into Talent

Led by Chief Operating Officer Sarah Bernard, Inclusively connects employees with disabilities with compatible jobs, and helps companies adapt to…

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Transforming Tea

Lisa Govro, through her company Big Heart Tea Co., is not only revolutionizing how tea tastes, but ensuring it’s ethically…

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The Power of Plants

Mónica Carlsen, a Venezuelan immigrant and plant biologist with the Missouri Botanical Garden, is inspiring the next generation of budding…

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Making Art at the MAC

Brandace Cloud's art collective is bringing people together in Staunton, Illinois.

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Health and Healing

Naturopathic physician Jamila Owens-Todd extends her mission of healing further into the community through her ownership of the Golden Grocer…

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Ready, Set, Launch

Je'Nell McCrary transitioned from radio to tech thanks to skills she gained through LaunchCode's CoderGirl program.

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Solving Challenges

Biotech startup PercayAI and Washington University are collaborating to find treatments for COVID-19, through the work of people like computational…

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What’s Possible

Marian Middle School students find inspiration for their future in the history-making election of the first Black female vice president, Kamala…

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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…

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Empowering
Parents

The Navigate STL Schools dashboard and programs are helping parents make informed decisions for their children's education.

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Mapping Inequities

Kemba Noel-London used geospatial data in her doctoral research to discover disparities in access to youth sports throughout the St.…

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Flying High

Entrepreneur Bronwyn Morgan brings drones and geospatial tech together with her company, XEO Air.

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Smooth Moves

Angela Zeng didn’t listen to critics who told her to start her line of superfood drinks, Karviva Beverages, elsewhere; after…

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Bridging the Gap

The Foodshed.io app links small family farms to grocery stores so consumers can buy more local produce and farmers can…

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Full Circle

Okunsola M. Amadou is improving health outcomes for Black women with a wraparound model of care at Missouri's first equal…

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Empowering the Community

For 20 years, Diversity Gallery owner Leslie Christian Wilson has connected with St. Louisans through art, jewelry and natural hair.

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Changing the Conversation

Local start-up We Stories is teaching the next generation to be anti-racist.

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Translating Support

Lourdes Bailón and Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano created STLJuntos, a Facebook page and website that has become an essential resource for Spanish-speaking…

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Period Positive

Even during a pandemic, the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies is getting essential period products to people in need.

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Learning Through Play

Therapists who work with children on the autism spectrum shift their delivery methods to support families during the pandemic.

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Growing Together

EarthDance Organic Farm School Hosts Pay-What-You-Can Drive-Thru Farm Stand in Ferguson.

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Data for the Greater Good

Saint Louis University professor Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., uses geospatial techniques to track the spread of the coronavirus.

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Creating Through Crisis

Mee Jey, an immigrant artist from India, tells community stories through her art in St. Louis and abroad.

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A World of Knowledge

Attorney Nalini Mahadevan is helping St. Louis corporations attract and retain top international talent for the region's growing industries.

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‘Round and ‘Round

For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.

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Hope and Heart

Valeda Keys turns strength into action as she helps St. Louis women recover from breast cancer.

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A Global Community

As the St. Louis region recruits top international talent to its companies, Susan Gobbo is building a support system for…

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Susan Gobbo of the International Spouses Meetup Group

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.

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Call of the Wild

For Kari Musgrave, honing her veterinary skills at the world-class Saint Louis Zoo is a dream come true.

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Healing Through Art

Paige Walden-Johnson uses CommUNITY Arts STL’s creative outlets to help first responders and their families process trauma.

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The Business of Basketball

Khalia Collier has transformed the St. Louis Surge into both a competitive team and an economic driver.

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Making
Connections

Through Human Spaces, Lisa Rokusek is exploring how people can learn from each other with empathy and purpose.

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Sweet Dreams

La Patisserie Chouquette co-owner and executive pastry chef Simone Faure has become the maven of macarons in St. Louis.

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Education for All

Through EdHub STL, Sherita Love helps educators shake up their classrooms and eliminate barriers for students.

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Planting Seeds

Angi Taylor found meaningful work in St. Louis’s growing agriculture industry.

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Bass-ic Instinct

Tonina’s passion for the low notes is creating a hum in St. Louis.

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Cooking with Love

Through food, ‘MamaCat’ Cathy Daniels nurtures and respects St. Louis’s unhoused residents.

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