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WashU alumna among selected for 2022 Young Leaders Awards

Courtesy of The St. Louis American

Terri Williams, School of Continuing & Professional Studies (formerly University College) alumna and Development Manager Marian Middle School, was inducted into the 2022 class of Salute to Young Leader award recipients, along with 24 accomplished African-American professionals under age 40.

Nominated by colleagues, friends, and family, they are chosen by their peers and will be profiled in the May 26 edition of The St. Louis American. They will be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s eleventh annual Salute to Young Leaders Networking Awards Reception.

This year’s cohort of Young Leaders includes the director of academic success at a local university, a workforce development specialist at a major St. Louis non-profit, a marketing and communications manager from one of the largest health systems in the U.S., a content manager for St.  Louis’ largest IT company, and an IT program manager from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

While their career paths are diverse, they have one thing in common. They are all high-performing, young African-American professionals who have received significant success in their respective fields, as well as working in service to the community.

“A critical element of sustainable progress and success is an inclusive community that values, respects, and supports the next generation of young leaders who are necessary to help build the St. Louis region,” said Donald M. Suggs, president of the St. Louis American Foundation. “These young people, in particular, represent our fervent hope and aspirations for a better future for our community.”

“We are excited that we will be able to honor these individuals in person this year. It is our plan to make this a unique and enjoyable opportunity for young people to meet and greet some other accomplished young people as well as some present and future mentors,” Suggs said.

Note: This article was originally published in The St. Louis American Newspaper.