Congratulations to the 2020 – 2021 YPN Leadership 100 Inductees

Congratulations to the 2020 – 2021 YPN Leadership 100 Inductees


-The RBC Inducts 29 Young Professionals in the 2020 – 2021 Leadership 100-

ST. LOUIS -​ On September 16, 2020, the St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) inducted 29 outstanding new members into the 2020-2021 Young Professionals Network (YPN) – Leadership 100. This year’s induction ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 and it was a huge success.

The distinguished group of 29 inductees into the Leadership 100 cohort are as diverse in backgrounds as they are in professional aspirations.  Representing 23 of the region’s most influential companies, inductees work in a range of fields including health care, finance, real estate, higher education, construction, legal, and marketing.

Each year, 100 outstanding participants are recognized from the general YPN membership to take part in the Leadership 100 cohort. Cohort members are chosen based on leadership and community service. The leaders are provided professional, cultural, and community service opportunities that offer unique experiences and engagement in St. Louis.

Launched in 2008, YPN was formed to attract and retain ethnically diverse professionals in the St. Louis business community. Twelve years later, with over ​4,200 diverse members, t​he YPN has developed into St. Louis’s premier young professional organization. YPN provides members with opportunities for business, social networking, professional development, and community involvement.


The Regional Business Council (RBC)​ 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.

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2020 – 2021 Leadership 100 Inductees

Shreya Ahuja – Senior R&D Scientist, Milliporesigma

Lisa Bangert – Wellness Account Consultant, Aetna

Lucien Blackwell – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Derrick  Brooks – SVP, Consumer Business Digital Strategy Leader, Commerce Bank

Leslie Burrows – Regional Director, McCormack Baron Management

E’lisa Carrington – Registered Nurse, SSM Health

Kyleen Carroll – Account Executive, Mastercard

Lilian Davis – Shareholder, Polsinelli PC

Geoffrey Grammar – Assistant Corporate Counsel, Ameren

Candace Harris – HR Generalist, Spire Inc.

Mike Haynes – Preconstruction Manager, Paric

John Heineken – Regional Technical Sales Manager, Dynamic Bulk System

Kennon Kasischke – D&I Program Manager, Centene Corporation

Niaz Khan – Vice President, HR Technology, Commerce Bank

Gabe Kimble – Compensation Analyst, TricorBraun

Ashley McIntosh – Talent Acquisition Specialist, BJC Healthcare

Briant Mitchell – Human Resource Business Partner, Centene Corporation

Ayo Ojolola – Project Engineer, S.M. Wilson

Jerina Phillips – Partner, Lewis Rice

Saffiyah Poole – Sr. Coordinator of Health Equity, Barnes Jewish Hospital

Megan Rector – Financial Wellness Relationship Manager, Regions Bank

Carlos Rivas – Financial Advisor, Regions Bank

Han Sauer – Audit Associate, BKD, LLP

Ida Shafaie – Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Chrissy Teske – Senior Counsel, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

LaKecia Veal – Associate Consultant, Vector Communications

Dexter Walker – Financial Advisor, AVP, Commerce Brokerage Services

Michelle Whiting – Vice President, Home Equity Product Manager, Citi

Casey Wong – Lawyer & Shareholder, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.