CMS Director Nicole Springer Selected for the FOCUS St. Louis Fall 2023 Cohort of Women in Leadership

CMS Director Nicole Springer

Community Music School (CMS) Director Nicole Springer was one of 32 outstanding individuals recently selected for the fall 2023 cohort of the FOCUS St. Louis Women in Leadership program.

The Women In Leadership (WIL) program, held each fall and spring, offers professionals the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, gain a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region, and connect with women from diverse backgrounds. Through interviews and field days, participants explore different styles of leadership and tap into the wisdom of business, community and civic leaders, while also honing their facilitation, negotiation and communication skills. Upon graduation, participants join the network of more than 11,000 FOCUS alumni.  

“For more than 40 years, the Women In Leadership program has been bringing together a diverse mix of women from across sectors for growth, learning and connection,” said WIL Program Director Shalia Ford. “Many of our graduates describe the Women In Leadership experience as transformational, providing the tools, resources and network to lead more confidently and effectively in all their spheres of influence.” 

"Nicole is the perfect fit for the Women in Leadership program,” attested Paul Steger, dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University.  “Since joining the Community Music School of Webster University, Nicole has brought thoughtful leadership and pursued deeper community engagement. This recognition and opportunity will expand her network and allow her to share her insights with other women leaders in the St. Louis area.  The CMS and the College of Fine Arts will significantly benefit from these deeper connections across the FOCUS network of alumni." 
About FOCUS St. Louis 
FOCUS St. Louis is the leading civic education organization in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan region. It’s a nonprofit that prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving community through its experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives. As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS engages citizens to deliberate on critical regional community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. Find out more at

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