What are St. Louis’ Diverse Young Leaders Thinking?

Landmark Survey Reveals the Latest Thinking of St. Louis Professionals

(St. Louis, MO – March 23, 2012): The Regional Business Council (RBC) announces the results of a first-time, milestone survey of 1200 young, ethnically diverse professionals, members of the Young Professionals Network (YPN), who live and work in the St. Louis region.

Click here for the full survey results.

With 400 respondents, the survey reveals answers to key questions never before asked of diverse leaders in St. Louis. The respondents represent 300 top local companies, including Build-A-Bear, Bunge, Cassidy Turley, BJC Health Care, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, McCarthy Building Group, Save-A-Lot, Scottrade, The Boeing Company, and Wells Fargo Advisors.

The background of the respondents, primarily 21 to 45 years of age, is:

  • African American/Black:  64%
  • Caucasian/non Hispanic white:  20%
  • Asian:  10%
  • Hispanic/Latino:  8%
  • Bi-racial:  5%
  • Middle Eastern: .5%
  • American Indian: .5%

Of the respondents, 47% are born and raised in St. Louis.  Many believe “St. Louis is a livable community with a manageable scale filled with great cultural opportunities and excellent architecture.”  Regarding their education and employment, 39% have graduate degrees and 52% are encouraged to remain in St. Louis because of job opportunities.

They have found that the best way to meet people is through clubs and associations (59%), volunteering (43%), events (41%) and through their work (32%).  Many state that St. Louis is “the right community for those of us who like to give back.”

The priority that St. Louis should work to improve is public schools (63%); this tops job opportunities (47%), crime (32%) and public transportation (28%).

2012 Survey“We now have a wealth of information about what young, diverse leaders in our community think” states Kathy Osborn, Executive Director of the Regional Business Council.  “This data should help guide us in making decisions about allocation of resources.  For example, the survey tells us that 25% of young diverse leaders believe the most underrated aspect of life in St. Louis is its ‘affordability.’  It’s a good indicator as to what to emphasize as we work to attract and retain talent.”

To read all of the survey questions and answers, visit www.stlrbc.org/youngprofessional.htm or call the RBC at 314-225-2105.

About the Young Professionals Network (YPN).  Established to attract, retain, develop and engage young, ethnically diverse professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the YPN is now more than 1200 members strong.  Membership in the YPN helps young professionals develop leadership abilities, build social and business networks, and give back to the community.  This group includes some of the area’s most influential business executives, community leaders and political officials.  The YPN connects young leaders representing 300 local companies for professional, social and philanthropic engagement.

About the Regional Business Council (RBC).  Founded in 2000, the RBC is a consortium of presidents and CEOs from 100 of the region’s largest companies.  The RBC is dedicated to enhancing the growth and quality of life in the St. Louis region. The RBC collectively represents 1.1 million total employees and $200 billion in 2010 revenues companywide; and 120,000 total employees in the St. Louis region with $63 billion in 2010 revenues in the St. Louis region.  RBC member companies employ 10% of the regional workforce.  The mission of the RBC is to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic initiatives for the betterment of the 16-county St. Louis region.  www.stlrbc.org

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