Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of The St. Louis American, African American – Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society is the #1 philanthropic program for African Americans in the St. Louis region and throughout the country. More than 850 local individuals make an annual commitment to our region through the Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society.

The African American – Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society is built on the following three pillars:

A Culture of Caring
Our Society embodies a culture of caring and giving. We empower our members to lift up one another and answer the call to make St. Louis a better place to live for everyone. It’s a part of our culture that to whom much is given, much is expected.

A United Community
Our members are a community of individuals who make it their mission to be “a hand up” to others. Our Society focuses on fostering the next generation of African American leaders all while helping to make an impact in the St. Louis region. Within our Society, members are invited to attend annual events and gatherings where we have fellowship, celebrate one another’s successes, and mentor and learn from each other.

A Continued Legacy
Charmaine Chapman was the first woman and first African American to head United Way of Greater St. Louis as its president and chief executive officer. During her tenure, she led the organization to some of its greatest fundraising successes. As our Society’s namesake, we continue to honor her dream of building a better community and her passion for helping people.

If you have any questions regarding the African American – Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society or would like more information on becoming a member, please contact Ashley Edwards at or 314-539-4104.

If you’re ready to join today, you can make your $1,000 donation online.

Charmaine Chapman Society 2017 Campaign Chairs
Keith Williamson

Keith Williamson
2017 Co-Chair
Centene Co.
Ann Marr

Ann Marr
2017 Co-Chair
Worldwide Technology
The 2017 Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Cabinet

Samuel Affare, Express Scripts
Lashanda Barnes, Citi
Maxine Birdsong, Ladue School District
Barbara Bowman, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Julia Burke, Hazelwood School District R1
Taylor Calvin, Edward Jones
Gloria Carter-Hicks, Hicks-Carter-Hicks, L.L.C.
Tiffany Chandler, Edward Jones
Robyn Coan, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
Ruby Curry, St. Louis Community College
Christina Dancy, U.S. Bank
Mark Darrell, Spire
Jill Dixon-Young, Civic Leader
Lathon Ferguson, Washington University in St. Louis
Sherita Haigler, GE Healthcare
Steven Harris, RubinBrown LLP
Victoria Harris, St. Louis Community College
Ron Hines, UPS
Francella Jackson, Village of Cahokia
Anthony Lloyd, Mid-America Transplant Services
Ann Marr, World Wide Technology, Inc.
Steven Player, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Eliza Simington, City Design Group, Inc.
Michelle Smart, St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund
Veronica Stacker, U.S. Bank
Monica Stewart, Harris-Stowe State University
Halbert Sullivan, Fathers’ Support Center, St. Louis
James Tatum, Westward Financial Strategies
Gail Taylor, Energizer Household Products
Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Rick White, SSM Health
Eula Wiggins, The Boeing Company
Keith Williamson, Centene Corporation
Harry Ratliff, Merrill Lynch
Reuben Shelton, Civic Leader

Past chairs of the Society

1994-1995: Wayman F. Smith III
1996: David B. Price
1997: Wayman F. Smith III
1998-1999: John E. and Barbara S. Jacob
2001-2001: David L. and Thelma E. Steward
2002-2003: Arnold W. and Hazel Donald
2004-2005: Johnny and Minga Furr
2006: Lawrence E. Thomas
2007-2008: Lawrence E. Thomas and Deborah J. Patterson
2009: Michael and Gail Holmes
2010-2011: Richard Mark
2012-2013: Brenda and Maurice Newberry
2014-2015: Reuben and D’Anne Shelton

Black Association Recognition

The following black professional organizations or associations have members that are part of the African American Leadership/Charmaine Chapman Society:

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Boulé

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Black Data Processing Associates

Jack and Jill of America – St. Louis Missouri Chapter

The Links, Inc.

Mound City Bar Association

Mound City Medical

National Association of African Americans in Human Resources

National Association of Black Accountants

National Black MBA Association, Inc.

National Society of Black Engineers

National Urban League

St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative

Urban League Young Professionals

If you are a Society member and you would like to share your black professional organizations or associations, or have your black fraternity, sorority or professional organization listed, please let us know.