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Activating Inclusive Growth in St. Louis

On Dec. 9, 2021, we learned how to influence policy and collaborate with like-minded people to activate change in our last Inclusive Growth in St. Louis event.

After a year of events investigating why economic growth in St. Louis benefits some groups of people more than others and how we can change systems to support more inclusion, it’s time to activate change—together.

Thursday marked the final event in our 6-part Inclusive Growth event series, but in many ways, this is where the work begins. We asked you to identify your role in making St. Louis more inclusive, and we did the same. 

The Social Policy Institute will continue to partner with organizations in St. Louis to evaluate and scale up promising solutions that lead to equitable policies and growth. We’re committed to increasing representation on our staff and research, working directly with communities we serve throughout the research process. And we will continue to support and collaborate with Washington University’s “in St. Louis, for St. Louis” initiative.

Ground Setting & Policy in Practice Panel

Bill Rodgers, vice president and director of the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis set the stage with a presentation about the current economic and wealth situation in St. Louis. Attendees also listened to St. Louis-based policymakers as they shared insights about how to create actionable change to local systems.

Slides from St. Louis Federal Reserve Presentation

Breakout Sessions

Education, Training and Technology: Building a talent pipeline

  • Ron Daugherty, president and CEO, Daugherty Business Solutions, Access Point
  • Atia Thurman, assistant teaching professor, director of student engagement and support, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Stacey Fowler, director of strategic workforce and compliance inclusion, St. Louis Development Corporation

Supporting small/minority-owned businesses

  • Maureen Brinkley, district director of the St. Louis office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Clayton Evans, senior vice president and community affairs officer, Simmons Bank
  • Marnée Morgan, CEO and principal consultant, Morgan Graves Consultant LLC

Neighborhood and community investments

Slides from Community Builder Network presentation.

Financial inclusion and wealth building

Unfortunately, we were unable to record this breakout session.


About Inclusive Growth in St. Louis Events

This 6-part event series, Inclusive Growth in St. Louis, will investigate who is left out of St. Louis’ economic growth benefits, the policies that have led to the unequal distribution of opportunities, and actionable recommendations to become a more inclusive economy.

The series is designed by an advisory committee comprised of local individuals that are passionate about building an inclusive community with equitable opportunities for all, and features community leaders as speakers. The series is made possible through a partnership with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.