Leadership Macon


Leadership Macon provides leadership training and community orientation to individuals seeking to become more involved in the growth and development of Macon-Bibb County. Leadership Macon is a year-long program that introduces a class of rising community leaders to the successes and challenges in Macon-Bibb County’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors allowing the class to explore possible projects and solutions, interact with political and community leaders, and develop relationships that will benefit class members and the community at large for years to come.

Leadership Macon training begins with an examination of leadership styles, characteristics, and effectiveness followed by a weekend retreat at the beginning of the year. Monthly seminars follow on topics such as Housing, Education, Servant Leadership, Economic Development, Race Relations, Tourism, and Local Government. Each class provides a forum for guest community decision-makers to present topics and dig deeply into the complexity and various viewpoints surrounding each topic. The seminar format provides an opportunity for hardline questions and answers that traditionally cannot be addressed during more formal or routine public forums and allows the focus to change with each class adapting to reflect the current pulse of the community. Each year Leadership Macon brings together outstanding individuals and provides unparalleled access to organizations, their leadership, and perspective in our community. Frank, candid exchanges of ideas are not only hallmarks of the program, but are the foundation on which Leadership Macon continues to build. The program’s goal is that each Leadership Macon graduate will be equipped with the knowledge, relationships, and enthusiasm needed for active, effective community involvement and enrichment.

In 1979, through the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Charles Jay and Bob Hatcher brought 25 local leaders from diverse areas and backgrounds in Middle Georgia to form the first Leadership Macon class. Formally organized as an association in 1984, Leadership Macon boasts over 1,500 alumni with a new class of leaders graduating every year for more than 40 years.

Leadership Macon Class of 2023

James Banter
James Bates Brannan Groover LLP

Nathan Bier
Ga Automatic Sprinkler Company

Joshua Boland
Cadence Bank

Renee Bryan
Navicent Health Foundation

Jared Bundrage
Department of Defense – Robins Air Force Base

Daniel Charles
United Way of Central Georgia

Katrina Cohens
Capital City Bank & Cohens Consulting

Ricardo Cordew
NewTown Macon

Felecia Cornelius
First Choice Primary Care

Kelda Cubit
Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church

Sara Davis
Macon-Bibb County Attorney’s Office

Daniel Edwards
Mercer Engineering Research Center

Courtney Erikson
All-State Electrical

Melanique Floyd
Bibb County School District

Hollis Ann Gandy
Irving Consumer Products, Inc

Brittany Hadley
Macon Housing Authority

Monica Hall
Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services

Tanteneya Harpe
Generational Child Care

Hannah Hartman

Tina Hobson

Kyrie Hugdahl
Museum of Arts and Sciences

Tedra Huston
Macon-Bibb County Community Enhancement Authority/Pleasant Hill Community Development

Fernandez Jordan
Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED

Tonika Keith
Bibb County DFCS

Heather King
Georgia Farm Bureau

Charity Lucas
Brookdale Resource Center

Linda Marquez
American Pride Bank

Robert McCord
Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency

Mark McWilliams
Fall Line Brewing Co.

Andy Moore
Blue Bird Body Corp.

Tyasia Morrow
River Edge Behavioral Health

Susanna Patterson
Central Georgia CASA

Monique Pitts-Taylor
Community Foundation of Central Georgia

Marionne Redding

Edna Ruiz
Macon-Bibb County

Thomas Skurja
McIntosh Trail Community Service Board

Ron Smith
Macon-Bibb Fire Department

Travis Spencer
RDG Ventures, LLC

James Taylor, Jr.
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority

Belvin Ware
Macedonia Baptist Church

Sylvia Woodford
North Central Health District

Eddie Wright
Reeves Construction Co

Marcus Yarbrough
Macon-Bibb County Government

Leadership Macon participants are selected through nomination and evaluation of their leadership traits and potential. Leadership Macon accepts nominations for potential applicants from alumni and other interested citizens using an online form. Class sizes are limited. Attendance at all monthly sessions is required during the year. Tuition for the class is $1,800 for Chamber Investors and $2050 for nonmember investors. Scholarships and payment plans are available.

Click here to nominate a candidate for the Class of 2024

Leadership Macon Advisory Board

Rhonda Lowe
Board Chair

Jake Hall
Class Advisor

Alison Bender
Steven Jones
Kaitlynn Kressin

Spencer Hawkins

Gary Rosser
Class Advisor

Barbara Parker
Gary Rosser
Marvin Riggins

Sylvia McGee
Past Chair

Lynn Farmer
Program Director

Ann Starley
Asbury Stembridge
Che Young


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