We're proud to announce our first ever conference, the EQ Leadership Labs, at MDMC on April 15th at Union Station.









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EQ Leadership Labs is grateful for support from our local and national partners.

Why Leadership?

A leader works with and through other people to achieve a goal larger than themselves.


Why St. Louis?

This city is pioneering new approaches to any issue you might want to solve in the 21st century.

Why Labs?

A lab is a preparation space for taking risks, testing assumptions, and challenging beliefs.

15th April 2019 @ Union Station

Doors open 8am

Full-day agenda till 5pm. 

World Class Speakers

Incredible Content

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Tim Sanders

Author of Love Is The Killer App

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Mike Grehan

One of the founding pioneers of the SEO industry

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Marketing & Influence Track

Learn from pioneers in digital marketing.

Simon Heseltine

Simon Heseltine is the VP of Audience Growth at Trader Interactive in Norfolk, VA. Simon has led award winning teams at ForRent (2017) and AOL (2014), also working in-house at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and for several years on the agency side. Simon is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and taught digital marketing for 5 years at Georgetown University, and served on the board of Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO).

Mel Carson

Mel Carson, founder of Seattle-based Digital PR firm, Delightful Communications is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Personal Branding Consultant. He acts as US Brand Ambassador for, evangelizing the largest publicly available link database in the world. Prior to founding his own PR firm, Mel was the author of Pioneers of Digital and Digital Marketing Evangelist at Microsoft Advertising.

Thom Craver

Thom Craver is Lead SEO Analyst for CBS Interactive, managing all the CBS News Digital properties, including 60 Minutes, Face the Nation and 48 Hours. A seasoned Web developer since 1993, Thom is a technical SEO and digital analytics expert. Thom has spoken at numerous digital marketing events and taught digital business courses at Quinnipiac University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY community colleges and Bryant & Stratton.

Brilliant Discussions

Four Tracks

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Sales & Growth Track

Learn from the fastest growing startups in St. Louis

Luke Babich

Luke Babich is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Clever Real Estate, the fastest-growing platform for homeowners to sell their home with a top-rated local agent and save thousands on commission.

Allison Bischoff

Allison Bischoff is co-founder and COO of Rozzy Learning Company, a digital education company that has grown from a bootstrapped 2-person team to a 10-person organization with over a half-million dollars in sales in 2 years.

Drew Winship

Drew Winship is the CEO and co-founder of Juristat, an analytics tool that leverages big data and AI to help patent prosecutors predict the future. Customers include numerous NLJ250 law firms and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. 

Historic Venue

Grand Hall at Union Station

Leadership & Intention Track

Learn from some of the best brains in St. Louis.

Dixie Gillaspie

Dixie Gillaspie, co-founder of Return to Your Power, is a storyteller, firestarter, and coffee fanatic. She’s the author of Just Blow it Up - Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life and Doses of Dynamite - Firepower for Capturing the Inspiration in Everyday Things. She has served as Executive Editor for The Good Men Project and writes for, Business Woman Media, and Forbes. In 2017 she was honored as a “Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Innovation” by the Women Economic Forum and currently serves on the WEF Board of Advisors.

Travis Sheridan

Travis Sheridan is the president of the CIC Venture Café Global Institute.A frequent speaker, he is passionate about entrepreneurship as a driver for economic development, and believes innovation is a process to improve the human condition. Travis was appointed to the board of the St Louis Economic Development Partnership by Mayor Krewson and serves on the board of the Laumeier Sculpture Park. Travis and his wife Gina, live in Old North St. Louis and are building the city’s first home out of shipping containers and share a deep commitment to supporting local artists.

Shane Freeman

Shane Freeman has 20 years of experience living in the center of a sales, marketing & technology. He is currently the principal at okapi, a SaaS startup built to measure, monitor and manage experiential marketing programs and is the founder of the SaaS Field Manual and Eureka Consulting Group where he helps emerging SaaS and professional service companies build strategy, process & alignment. Shane is an active Yogi and seeks to blur the lines between business and consciousness by incorporating self-care into his work life, teaching and consulting.

Tasty Food Trucks

FoodPreneurs on the Premises

Culture & Change Track

Learn from some of the brightest minds in St. Louis.

Cami Thomas

Recently featured in Teen Vogue, NPR, HuffPost and more, Cami Thomas is a Ferguson protestor turned documentary filmmaker, professional marketer, and writer. She's most widely known for her documentary series Smoke City, a collection of episodes that explores post-Ferguson St. Louis. By day, Cami is a marketing professional, working on national and international brands, while by night she navigates life behind the lens, as a content creator. Cami speaks on digital storytelling as a catalyst for change, art as activism, and how brands can utilize storytelling techniques to better connect with their audience.

Tyler Kelley

Tyler Kelley is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategist at SLAM! Agency, a digital storytelling agency that helps brands realize and reach their highest potential. With 18+ years in the results-driven marketing space, Tyler has earned a reputation for anticipating user trends and developing proactive strategies to drive brands forward. As a speaker, he has shared the stage with digital brands like Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest and Buzzfeed. Tyler is also the co-host of the hit podcast, Innovation City, which was named one of the top innovation podcasts in the nation by Bloomberg Cities.

LaShana Lewis

LaShana Lewis is a technologist working in the diversity space with over 20 years of experience. She is currently the CEO of L. M. Lewis Consulting, a company which aims to make employers more diverse through recruitment, hiring, and retention best practices. Lewis also serves as the CTO of MultiPass, which seeks to network coworking spaces together. She recently joined Astral AR as Director of Aerospace IT, a company dedicated to giving police/search-and-rescue teams sensory capable drones.

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