Rhonda Koplin, Class of 2005

In January, we welcomed 45 new participants as Leadership Macon’s class of 2018.  The annual tradition of self-exploration and bonding at Rock Eagle continues to serve as an excellent icebreaker for the class. The diversity among participants’ careers and backgrounds is explored as they work together to learn about various components making up our community.

When reviewing the topics and activities which are planned for each class, I am drawn back to Leadership Macon’s mission: “…to identify and develop leaders through continuing education, networking and community involvement for the purpose of creating opportunities and encouraging graduates to participate in community leadership.”  The alumni and other community leaders continue to nominate outstanding participants to continue the legacy of Leadership Macon’s over 35-year history.  Each year, up to 125 individuals are nominated for 45 available slots.

It is an exciting time for Leadership Macon.  A recent review of the program by the University of Georgia’s J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development showcased the strengths and benefits as well as provided recommendations for improvement.  The Leadership Macon Advisory Board is forming committees to address the recommendations to clarify and strengthen the programs.  We are also looking forward to working with the Chamber’s new President/CEO Yvonne Williams to glean her experiences with other leadership programs throughout the state.

When you have a few minutes, review our alumni list; you’ll see a list of community leaders from all sectors of our community. Also take some time to look around and nominate individuals who want to see Macon/Bibb become even more of a vibrant community in which to live, work, and play.


Rhonda Koplin
2018 Leadership Macon Advisory Board