2018 SAINT Louis Visionary Awards
Monday, April 23rd
at the Sun Theater
Marcela Manjarrez Hawn
Marcela Manjarrez Hawn currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer for Centene Corporation. In this capacity, Marcela oversees all strategic communications for the company, including the planning and development of programs that effectively describe and promote Centene, its services and products. In addition, Marcela oversees all media and public relations for Centene, its health plans and subsidiaries, including serving as main media spokesperson. She also manages the Centene Charitable Foundation, which makes substantial contributions to initiatives that improve the quality of life and health in our communities.
Marcela has more than 15 years of experience in economic research, analysis and strategic communications. Prior to joining Centene, Marcela was Vice President, Public Affairs for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where she led the external communications, industry relations and public outreach functions.
Marcela earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council, the Arts and Education Council, College Bound, and the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
Woman about town Susan Sherman is known both for her work in St. Louis and her great sense of style. She perpetually graces the pages of local publications, always bringing an extra dose of fashion to philanthropic events.
Susan serves as the Chair of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting emerging designers and promoting fashion education and outreach. The Fund’s signature project is the new 7,500 square foot Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, located in the heart of St. Louis’ former Garment District on Washington Avenue. The mission of the Incubator is to turn talented fashion designers into successful entrepreneurs, through business programming, mentorship and sales connections during their two year residency in St. Louis.
Susan and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund launched a $2 million 'Campaign for Fashion' two years ago and have raised $1.7 million to date, to build out the space on Washington Avenue and cover three years of operating expenses. The broader mission of the Fund is to re-launch production in the Garment District – to bring the “business of fashion” back to St. Louis.
Susan worked for over 30 years in non profit public relations, special events and fundraising, in Atlanta, NY and Paris, before moving to St. Louis in 1993. She has served on several arts and educational boards in town and is a former Chair of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. She is also a recipient of a 2006 Woman of Achievement Award, and Grand Center’s Visionary Award.
The Saint Louis Visionary Awards celebrates the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in the greater St. Louis region. The Saint Louis Visionary Awards is 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".