Thought Leaders Forum for Culture

The Thought Leaders Forum for Culture (The Forum) is a group of community leaders who have expertise, backgrounds and affiliations in specific sectors of civic life – business, economic and community development, education, government, health and human services - that intersect or have the potential to intersect more deeply with arts and culture. They have a broad knowledge of St Louis and its history and have demonstrated through service to their fields or to the community, an interest and commitment to making St. Louis thrive.

The Forum will meet throughout the cultural planning process to provide advice to the initiative and serve as a link to the broader community in the development of the plan. A robust, community engagement process informed by online and phone surveys, town hall meetings, and neighborhood convenings will inform the focus, direction and work of The Forum, strategically directed by RAC staff, Commissioners and consultants hired to oversee the planning process.

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Ward M. Klein

Executive Chairman (retired)
Edgewell Personal Care Corporation

Ward Klein has multi-decade experience in leading teams to achieve corporate objectives in a global environment. Klein served as Executive Chairman of Edgewell Personal Care Corporation from 2015 to July, 2016.
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Vin Ko

Senior Program Manager St. Louis Mosaic Project
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Vin Ko joined the St. Louis Mosaic Project as Senior Program Manager at the beginning of 2015. As Senior Program Manager, Ko ensures the success of Mosaic’s targeted programs by managing and supporting the over 700 Mosaic Ambassadors.
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Kenneth S. Kranzberg

Tricorbraun, Inc.

Ken Kranzberg serves as the Chairman of TricorBraun, Inc., the industry’s largest distributor and designer of glass and plastic containers. He is the former President and Chairman of the National Association of Container Distributors (NACD).
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Frances Levine

Missouri Historical Society

Dr. Frances Levine became the President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society and Missouri History Museum in the spring of 2014.
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Mont Levy

Wealth Advisor
Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Mont Levy, JD is a wealth advisor at Buckingham, an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE. He sits on the firms’ board of managers. Mont has been a wealth advisor for the firm since 1995 and previously served a CEO of BAM Advisor Services.
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De Nichols

Director & Principal Designer
Civic Creatives

De Nichols serves as Director & Principal Designer of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services that foster the discovery, ideation, prototyping, and actualization of community-driven civic solutions
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Rudolph Nickens

Certified Diversity Executive
Missouri Department of Transportation, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division

Rudy Nickens is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He is an experienced facilitator, educator and entrepreneur with a strong background in cultural diversity, business management and community development.
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Tim O’Leary

General Director
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, earning acclaim for innovative programming and growth in new audiences. O’Leary currently serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America.
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Robert F. O’Loughlin

Lodging Hospitality Management

Robert O’Loughlin is the Chairman and CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) which he founded in 1986. In the more than 30 years LHM has been in business, O’Loughlin has developed several hotels and managed over 50 hotels around the Country.
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F. Javier Orozco

Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs
Archdiocese of St. Louis

Javier Orozco is a Catholic theologian, educator and leader. As the Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he oversees the work of the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.