St. Louis Mosaic Project hires two consultants for STEM talent


November 29, 2018


Betsy Cohen 314-615-8107

Rick Shang 857-246-9739

Stuart Bradley 314-681-0858


 St. Louis Mosaic Project focuses on STL STEM job openings with two new consultants

St. Louis Mosaic Project, part of the World Trade Center-STL of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, is pleased to announce new resources to help fill open STEM jobs in the region. The St. Louis Mosaic Project has a goal of attracting 25,000 foreign-born to the region in the 2016-2025 time frame to help offset stagnation of native born population, so attracting talent to fill open STEM jobs will help while the region builds more tech talent in the workforce pipeline.

Stuart Bradley has been hired as the part-time consultant to identify and educate companies with open STEM jobs who may need assistance in navigating the visa process to hire international STEM talent. This talent is often found in international students in STEM-certified programs of our local universities, where these students have a 3-year opportunity under Optional Practical Training (OPT-STEM) to work for a company while a longer-term H1B visa is being considered or applied for by the organization.

Stuart Bradley, CFA, is the Managing Member of 59YEAH LLC, a career coaching business that highlights international matches. Prior to this, he served as President of Scottrade (Hong Kong) Ltd and Vice President, International Division at Scottrade. He speaks, reads and writes fluent Mandarin and was involved in the development of the Shanghai Executive MBA for the Olin School of Business at Washington University. Mr. Bradley holds a BA cum laude from Princeton University and a dual degree MBA/MA Finance & International Studies from The University of Pennsylvania.

Stuart Bradley

Rick Shang has been hired as the part-time consultant to work with international students, especially those in STEM-Certified degrees, to advise them on internships and jobs with St. Louis companies that struggle to find local talent and have unfilled STEM jobs.

Rick Shang, an immigrant to the U.S., has been an active organizer in the international student community in St. Louis and across the country. He has managed the largest online community for Chinese International Students in the U.S. which has served more than 30,000 Chinese students. Mr. Shang has experience working with international students of diverse ethnic backgrounds both in St. Louis and nationwide, which will be useful in attracting more high-skilled talent to the STL region. Mr. Shang is also an immigrant entrepreneur, involved in two startups in the technology field. He mentors medical technology start-up teams and helps to bring new technologies to the St. Louis region. Mr. Shang holds a BA from Northwestern University, a Master’s from the University of Chicago, a Master’s from Brandeis University and is now working on a PhD in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University.

Rick Shang



About the St. Louis Mosaic Project

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report, outlining St. Louis to be lagging in immigrant growth as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 32-member committee. Its goal is to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2025, to add 25,000 more foreign born to the region from 2016-2025 and to promote regional prosperity through immigration and innovation. Learn more at