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A nonprofit founded and run by San Francisco office Managing Partner Seth Frederiksen and his wife, Emily Rose, was honored recently at a meeting of the University City School Board. The Frederiksens founded Four Fold Balance a decade ago to send St. Louis area high school students to the American Youth Foundations’ annual National Leadership Conference at Camp Miniwanca.

What began as a personal effort by Seth and Emily to send one student each year from University City High School (Seth’s alma mater) has grown: Last year, Four Fold Balance sent 10 students from three area high schools. A total of 35 students from U. City High School have attended Camp Miniwanca’s leadership conference in Michigan through the nonprofit. University City Schools Administrator Chris Blumenhorst has helped with student selection and other key matters since the nonprofit’s inception.

“I was lucky to have a life-changing experience at Miniwanca 25 years ago,” Seth conveyed in a statement read to the board at the Feb. 28 meeting. “After participating for four years and volunteering for six, it was clear to me that this can support a community and change the lives of students. We welcome any community support, whether funding or ideas on students that may benefit from realizing their leadership potential and being empowered and motivated to understand the opportunity that they can have in their lives.”

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Seth advises clients of all sizes, from early stage and growing technology companies to mature companies, on mergers and acquisitions, financings and other complex business transactions.

For more information about Four Fold Balance or to donate, contact Seth at

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