Sheila Sweeney, a leader in St. Louis-area economic development for more than two decades, has been tabbed as Mentor of the Year by the Center for Women in Transition. She will receive the award on Saturday at the center’s Beautiful Transformations Gala and Auction.
The Center for Women in Transition assists individuals in the criminal justice system with making a successful transition to their families and communities through practicing and promoting restorative justice. Sweeney’s mentee has made a complete turnaround, according to the CWIT staff.
“I congratulate Sheila on this prestigious honor,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “She cares deeply about this community and is committed to making this region a better place to live and work. I’m proud to have her as a key member of our team.”
Sweeney was named the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s chief executive officer in Sept. 2015. The partnership focuses on the development and growth of businesses and employment opportunities in both St. Louis City and County.
Sweeney chaired the committee to form the Stl Partnership and was its first board chair in 2013. She also served as board chair of the St. Louis County Economic Council, which preceded the partnership.
As principle of SM Sweeney & Company, the St. Louis native specialized in transactions for property assemblage and commercial and industrial development for private investors, corporations and individuals.
The Center for Women in Transition was founded in 1997 when volunteers at a local jail noticed the same women kept coming back. The annual gala, which celebrates the transformation of lives, will be held at The Grand Hall on Chouteau and is expected to attract more than 350 guests.