2017 St. Louis Visionary Awards
Monday, April 24th
at the Sun Theater
Alison Ferring, a former St. Louis artist and art connoisseur, has a passion for the arts that has been unwavering. From running a non-profit alternative gallery, MJF Arts, in the 90’s to formerly co-chairing the Campaign for the Central Library downtown, Alison is actively engaged in making the city a better place for everyone.
Alison’s focus now is directed to helping impact the lives of young children in the city through her involvement with The Flance Early Learning Center. As a past Visionary Honoree, she knows the power of art and creativity can transcend adversity and build hope for the future.
Emily Pitts, a distinguished business leader in the St. Louis area, heads Edward Jones’ comprehensive inclusion initiative. Pitts was instrumental in developing and rolling out the firm’s first cross-cultural development program (CCDP), which helps minority financial advisors network and learn best practices to better serve a multicultural clientele. She also developed the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Minority Leadership Forum and Home-office Inclusion Mentoring Program.
Pitts is a graduate of Leadership FOCUS St. Louis. She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, the Diversity Awareness Partnership and the St. Louis Urban League.
Pitts has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. The St. Louis Business Journal named her to its 25 Most Influential Business Women for 2012.
The St. Louis Visionary Awards celebrates the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in the greater St. Louis region. Founded in 2003 by Grand Center, Inc., the St. Louis Visionary Awards is now presented by an independent committee of women dedicated to promoting the arts in St. Louis.
From established working arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists, each year's honorees are always truly "visionary". To date, 75 such extraordinary women have been honored as Visionaries.
2017 St. Louis Visionary Award Honorees:
Shirley Bradley LeFlore
Sally S. Levy
Kat Simone Reynolds
Vivian Anderson Watt
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for 2017. Please visit the 2017 Honorees Page to learn more about the extraordinary women who were selected as our 2017 Visionary Award Honorees.
Planning Committee: Sara Burke and Kim Eberlein, co-chairs; Susan Block; Adrienne Davis; Alison Ferring; Renee Franklin; Diane Kline; Mary McHugh; Marian Nunn; Emily Pitts; Cynthia Prost; Marilyn Sheperd
Click below to view highlights from the 2016 St. Louis Visionary Awards which took place Monday, April 25 at the Sun Theater in Grand Center: