Howard Hayes Begins New Chapter as Executive Director of SLATE

By on August 8, 2019

This coming Monday Howard Hayes, longtime stalwart in the trenches of St. Louis diversity and inclusion efforts, returns to St. Louis City government. Mayor Lyda Krewson has appointed  Hayes as executive director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).

Attending the annual St. Louis Community College “State of the St. Louis Workforce”  program on Thursday (Aug. 7), Hayes told ConstructForSTL that he is looking forward to the challenges of his new position and plans to hit the ground running. Hayes has more than 15 years of executive experience creating new jobs through access to training and capital. Most recently, he was the vice president of diversity and inclusion at the PARIC Corporation.

Hayes replaces Stephen Conway, chief of staff to the mayor, who has been overseeing business operations at SLATE in an interim role, following the resignation of Alice Prince as SLATE director in  April. SLATE supports both St. Louis businesses and job seekers. The agency is tasked with both preparing workers  to meet current workforce needs and with anticipating future skills demand and developing appropriate industry relationships and training.

“Howard has years of experience advocating for local minority and women-owned businesses,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said. “His professional experience and leadership ability will be a great asset as part of SLATE’s mission of providing the type of job training skills necessary for our residents to participate fully in the workforce of the future.”

Prior to his work at the PARIC corporation, Hayes worked at St. Louis Development Corporation from 2011-2018 as the director of Minority Business Development and Compliance.There he promoted inclusion and workforce goals on large-scale projects, including Ballpark Village, Cortex Innovation Community, Union Station, and Scottrade Center.

In March, Hayes was named president of the board of directors of the Regional Union Construction Center (RUCC). The RUCC is a construction-focused business incubator for minority and women owned businesses. It is funded by labor unions, large contractors, industry trade groups, and business organizations.

Hayes is holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University and a Master of Business  Administration from  Webster University. He has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching entrepreneurship at Harris Stowe State University – the Anheuser-Busch School of Business.


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