by Anne McCarthy, Mike Miller, Nicholas Phillips, Amanda Woytus

SLM's new bi-weekly Solutions newsletter takes an in-depth, ongoing look at five key issues impacting the region: fairness, growth, education, sustainability, and safety. Below are just a handful of people doing important work in these areas. Keep in mind that these areas aren't mutually exclusive—many of these leaders are working toward solutions across a range of issues. Along those lines, there are also elected officials—mayors, county executives, and legislators—working to address all five areas, which are in myriad ways interconnected. And there are difference makers in other areas—from the arts to fashion, media to medicine, dining to development, fashion to philanthropists—driving positive change in ways large and small. 

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David Steward + Jim Kavanaugh


Rhythm & Racing: Forbes ranked Steward, World Wide Technology's founder and chairman, No. 438 on its 2022 list of the world's billionaires. Steward has invested in a variety of local projects and causes over time, including for The Muny's renovation, Jazz St. Louis' Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis' jazz program, as well as the company's work with the revived World Wide Technology Raceway.

In the Game: Kavanaugh, the company's co-founder and CEO, is a former professional soccer player and member of the St. Louis CITY SC ownership group. After years spent trying to bring big league soccer to St. Louis, he's finally realized that dream.


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