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Previous Webinars

What opportunities do immigrants bring to a more inclusive St. Louis?

How can the deliberate practice of diversity, equality and inclusion by stakeholders lead to a more inclusive St. Louis?

What impact does inclusion have on the economic development of the St. Louis Region?

A message from Arindam Kar, Chair, IISTL Board of Directors


  • Jason Hall, President & CEO, Greater St. Louis Inc.
  • Alderwoman Megan Green, St. Louis City, 15th District
  • Geoffrey Soyiantet, President & CEO, Vitendo4Africa

Original aired June 21, 2021

Guest Moderator: Debbie Monterrey


  • Monica Campbell: Vice President of Community Development, Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Brian Barlay: Engagement Manager, Claim Academy

Original aired June 28, 2021


  • Betsy Cohen: Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project
  • Aarti Sharma: Vice President, Service Delivery – Core, Loyalty, and Digital, Mastercard/li>
  • Mohammed Mupenda, News Correspondent
  • Zellipah Githui: President, Gitzell Fairtrade International

Original aired July 12, 2021

The Digital Divide has an impact on inclusion, how can this community work towards bridging the digital divide?

Are healthcare inequalities a threat to an inclusive St. Louis?

Big arrival of refugees into the St. Louis area, opportunity or challenge?


  • Tishaura O. Jones, Mayor of St. Louis City
  • Jeffrey Mazur, Executive Director – LaunchCode
  • Mohammed Mupenda, News Correspondent
  • Wendell Covington, Jr, Executive Director, Missouri Market – NPoweR

Original aired July 19, 2021


  • Dr. Mirela Marcu, SLU Psychiatry MD
  • Yvonne Buhlinger, Executive Vice President, Affinia Healthcare Foundation
  • Diego Abente, President & CEO, Casa de Salud

Original aired July 26, 2021


  • Alyssa Banford, Director of Civic Engagement – Jewish Community Relations
  • Claire Hundelt, Executive Director – Marillac Mission Fund
  • Ness Sándoval, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Saint Louis University

Original aired August 2, 2021

Housing: A challenge to inclusive growth

In this increasingly digital age, how does communication language, and more specifically, the words we choose to use, affect progress toward a more inclusive St. Louis?


  • Dustin Allison, Chief Real Estate Investment Officer, Sr. Vice President – Greater St. Louis Inc.
  • Chris Krehmeyer, President/CEO – Beyond Housing
  • Cyril Loum, Executive Director – Caring Ministries, Inc.
  • Maria Yaksic, Real Estate Agent

Original aired August 9, 2021


  • Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President/CEO – Focus St. Louis
  • Karen Aroesty, Community Convener
  • Nergis Cavitt, Sr. Organizational Development Consultant – BJC Healthcare and IISTL Board Member

Original aired August 16, 2021

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