Breakfast Forum Focuses on Workforce Education


St. Louis business owners are invited to attend a breakfast forum on “Innovation in Education,” from 7-9 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, in the Maryville University Auditorium. Leonard Toenjes, president of Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, is the featured speaker. The event is part of the 2009 KMOX Business Owners Speaker Series, co-hosted by Maryville University and Charter Business.

The opportunity to network with local business owners is provided from 7-8 a.m.; the presentation and a question-answer period will follow. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit to register.

Toenjes will discuss the critical leadership role that business owners must play in educating current and future workers – especially regarding growing their own business and industry.  Prior to being named president of AGC, Toenjes served as the training director for AGC’s Construction Training School.  He was appointed to the Missouri Workforce Investment Board by Gov. Matt Blunt and is on St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s Charter School Advisory Board.  Under Toenje’s leadership, the AGC of St. Louis started the first-ever charter high school preparing students to enter the construction industry.

The KMOX Business Owners Speaker Series is supported by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.