In 2021, the WSWU selected a panel of inspiring and accomplished women who offered diverse perspectives and advice.
Associate Dean and Chief of Staff, Washington University School of Law
Born and raised the fifth of seven children in Trinidad and Tobago, Gail immigrated to the U.S. in 2006.
After 10 years of part-time study, she received both a bachelor’s of science in psychology and a master of arts in nonprofit management from Washington University while working a full time job and raising her daughter.
Gail serves as a volunteer at the Affton Christian Food pantry and Sunday School teacher at the New Apostolic Church.
She and her partner, Kevin, have one adult daughter, Milli, a senior at WashU, and recently adopted their animal son, a dog named Buddy.
Gail strives to live her life by a few guiding principles: to assume good intent from others; to treat others and herself with revolutionary kindness; to be quick to forgive mistakes; to live each day curiously, and incrementally better than the last.
President & CEO Emeritus, International Institute of St. Louis
For more than 42 years, Anna Crosslin served as president & CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis—our region’s immigrant services and community engagement hub. Annually, the Institute offers integrative services to more than 4,000 immigrants from 60 countries and staff collaborates with more than 250 area institutions.
Anna is the recipient of awards and recognitions from numerous immigrant, business, government, education, and civic groups. She has routinely been identified as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential St. Louisans.” including awards for Diversity and Women’s Leadership.
In 2020, she received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the St. Louis Forum, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and NCCJ. She is frequently quoted by the media and has been featured in stories in publications around the world.
In June 2015, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for World Refugee Day.
Anna has been awarded two honorary doctorates—one from Webster University and another from Washington University, her alma mater.
Presently, she serves on the Steering Committee of the St. Louis MOSAIC Project and is on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Historical Society.
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Caleres
Amy A. Hunter is currently the vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the publicly traded Caleres. She joined Caleres after serving as the senior global equity, diversity, and inclusion leader at Boeing.
She has enjoyed a career in diversity working within the healthcare, agricultural, educational, and financial services industries.
Her popular speech “The Talk”, which she gave three days after Michael Brown was killed hit the media outlets and became a national and international conversation. She incorporated it into a TEDx talk called “Lucky Zip Codes.”
Amy has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, organizational development, project management and leadership within the corporate and nonprofit arenas.
As a mother, activist, and native St. Louisan her community is her family. Her community engagements have included serving on numerous boards for local organizations including Cultural Leadership, We Stories and the United Way. Previously she led the Missouri Business Leaders Network’s Governor’s Council on Disability, has been an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Sorority.
Qiaoni Linda Jing
President & Chief Executive Officer, Genective
Linda grew up in a village in central China, where hunger was real. She has made St. Louis home for the third time after living in five different countries.
She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Shanghai, China, following her BE in Industrial Engineering and MA in Economics at Fudan University.
Upon graduation with her MBA at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, she joined the Corporate Strategy group of General Motors.
Returning to agriculture, she joined Monsanto as Strategic Planning Lead, followed by leading a Customer Care team that delivered $1.9 billion revenue.
Genective, a biotechnology JV between Limagrain and KWS (the world’s 4th and 5th largest seed companies) chose Linda as its CEO. She led facility build-out, opened a new global headquarters in Champaign, IL, tripled the work force, and signed multiple collaboration partners in her first year.
She served the St. Louis community as a Co-chair of United Way Multi-Cultural Leadership Cabinet, a Board Member of Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and an Executive in Residence for University of Missouri-St. Louis’ IMBA program, lecturing on cross-cultural leadership.
Linda was one of the St. Louis Regional Business Council’s Young Leadership 100, 2013 through 2015. She was honored by Who’s Who Diversity in Color as Most Intriguing in St. Louis in 2018. She has been the leading voice for both the agriculture and food industry in the leadership circle of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since 2018.
Director in Technology Development, AT&T
Allison leads a team of network engineers who build and support the cloud infrastructure that enables AT&T’s 5G services.
She was a founding member of AT&T’s Advocates for Women in Tech (employee resource group), which helps members network, find career-advancing opportunities, and develop their skills. She later served as the National Chair for the group supporting it’s over 5,000 members to attract and retain women in technology.
Allison is a proud graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Art History) and received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Opera Theatre of St. Louis and is actively involved with Catholic Charities, the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Missouri Botanical Gardens.
She is an avid golfer and traveler, visiting 38 countries and recently returned from her 8th trip to Africa.