Leadership Macon

Leadership Macon provides leadership training and community orientation to individuals seeking to become more involved in the growth and development of Macon and Bibb County. Leadership Macon is a year-long program that introduces a class of upcoming community leaders to the attributes of, and challenges to Macon and Bibb County so that the class can explore possible projects and solutions, interact with political and community leaders, and develop relationships that will benefit each class member and the community for years to come. Class members attend a weekend retreat at the beginning of the year, followed by monthly seminars on such topics as Housing, Education, Servant Leadership, Economic Development, Race Relations, Tourism, and Local Government.

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. It has been an annual program since then. Formally organized as an unincorporated association on October 16, 1984, Leadership Macon boasts over 1,500 alumni.

Each monthly Leadership Macon seminar provides a forum for community decision-makers to present topics of interest, and issues of importance and concern. During the course of one year, several speakers and facilitators discuss challenging changes, complex situations and various viewpoints. The seminar format provides an opportunity for hard-line questions and answers. It also sets an appropriate stage for digging deeply into topics that are perhaps only lightly addressed during formal, but routine, newscasts or other public forums. Therefore, each year the class focus changes somewhat to reflect the pulse of the community. Also examined are leadership styles, characteristics, and effectiveness. Traditionally an orientation retreat begins the program each year in January; the class meets monthly from February through November; participants graduate in December.

Each year Leadership Macon brings together outstanding individuals, and each one brings with them matchless and unparalleled perspectives of our community. It has been said that Leadership Macon attempts to draw upon this unique feature during the frank and candid exchange of ideas. It is indeed upon this foundation that this vital program will continue to build.

Through the years, Leadership Macon has also promoted civic responsibility by encouraging involvement, as well as breeding enthusiasm and dedication. It is the ultimate goal of Leadership Macon that its participants will enrich our community through active involvement in shaping its future. By encouraging the utilization of the leadership capabilities of its participants and its growing alumni, Leadership Macon is meeting the challenge.

Board & Advisors

James Freeman
(President )

James Freeman Law
Andrea Freeman
Lynn Farmer
Director Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
Susan Headley
(President Elect)
 Jessica Bowers
Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty
Walt Hiley
Renasant Bank
LaTrenda LeaksThomas Rhodes
Geneva WestRhonda Lowe
Stafford Construction
Amy TarpleyVicki Mills
Radiology Associates of Macon
Nikki Randall
Navicent Health
Jim Davis
(2018  -Class Adviser)
Retired Tax Commissioner
Spencer Hawkins
(2017 – Class Adviser)
Macon-Bibb EMA Director
Jake Hall
(2018 Class Representative)

Highland Hills Baptist Church
Alison Bender
(2018 – Class Adviser)
New York & Company

Since class size is limited, each year’s class is chosen through nominations and evaluation of their leadership traits and potential. Leadership Macon takes nominations for potential applicants from alumni or any other interested citizens. This process is handled using an online form that collects nominations. Candidates must agree to attend all monthly sessions during their class year. The candidate must pay tuition for the class: $1650 for chamber members and $1900 for non members. Payment arrangements and scholarship assistance are available.

For more information, visit Leadership Macon’s website.

Leadership Macon Class of 2019

Jeneen Andrews
Georgia Power
Jennifer Atwater
American Pride Bank
Rachel Ayres
Patton Albertson Miller Group LLC
Ansley Booker
Mercer University
Justin Bradley
Cadence Bank
Kevin Bradley
Law Offices of Kevin Bradley
Kellie Chastain
 Mercer University
Amber Chatham
Colleen Clark
Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants 
Christopher Conley
Matt Cross
Renasant Bank
Carmalita Dillard
Bibb County School System
Bobby Futch
Patton Albertson Miller Group LLC
Andy Greenway
Fickling & Company
Deidre Griepenburg
Robins Air Force Base
Grace Guyton
Vineville Methodist Church
Jacquez Harris
Tubman Museum
Katie Hart
Cherry Blossom Festival 
Kameo Hill
SparClean Premier Cleaning
Karen Hix
Macon Arts Alliance
Benjamin Hubbard
Fusion Communication
Cierra Johnson
Cox Media
Jennifer Jones
Coliseum Health System
Evelyn Lopater
Mercer University School of Law
Collier McKenzie
Jones Cork, LLP
David Miller
GIGA Inc. 
 Whitney Mooney
Georgia Farm Bureau
Greta O’Dell
River Edge Behavioral
Health Center 
Natalie Perkel
Spero Behavior Therapy
Aaron Sataloff
Temple Beth Israel
James Schoepf
Robins Federal Credit Union
Ben Snead
Navicent Health
Walter Stafford
WLS Construction, Inc. 
Ann Starley
Visit Macon
Courtney Stavely
Middle Georgia State University
Eileen Straws
Next Level Community Development
Marshall Talley
Cheers Entertainment Services
Sonja Tillman
Cherokee Brick
Stacey Timothy

 Rachelle Wilson
Historic Macon Foundation
Cheferre Young
Macon Judicial Circuit
Lynn Farmer, Director
Leadership Macon Program 
Alison Bender
2019 Class Advisor
LM Alumni, Class of ’18
Jim Davis
2019 Class Advisor
LM Alumni, Class of ’16
Spencer Hawkins
2019 Class Advisor
LM Alumni, Class of ’17


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