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 The Program

Leadership Monroe (LM) is designed to promote awareness of countywide issues by bringing diverse leaders from every area of our community together to learn more about and discuss current matters. Through hard hitting annual programs, Leadership Monroe allows leaders to gain a deeper insight into these issues and prepares them for a more active role in the community.The Leadership Monroe program is an educational experience rather than a program of advocacy. A topic of wide concern is selected for each program and outstanding authorities are brought in to lead discussions designated to foster thought and action. Through Leadership Monroe, communities are alerted to common issues, and together, the participants seek mutual understanding of the problems and their solutions.


After the conclusion of a Leadership Monroe year, each participant will have developed a network of relationships with other leaders of various backgrounds. These outstanding Monroe Countians shall then have the opportunity to turn this resource into a machine that will drive our County forward through the excellence of individual communities. The participants and those whom they touch profit from the fresh insight, broadened perspective and motivation gained from this experience.



“Leadership Monroe helped me understand what makes Monroe County such a vibrant community, the people. The people in my leadership class and past leadership classes have shaped Monroe County into what you see today and will no doubt continue to pave the way for the future.”   

– Robert D. Smith, Middle Georgia Regional Commission

“I have participated in several county leadership programs and I found Leadership Monroe to be one of the most effective and relevant programs. Not only was the Chamber respectful of my time during the classes, the staff chose class members who were true leaders in the community seeking a better understand of how our community works and what each of us can do to make it more successful. I would highly recommend Leadership Monroe as a crucial component for up and coming leaders.
Since my graduation in 2010, I have helped guide two successful mergers, the merger of Middle GA Technical College into Central Georgia Technical College and the merger of the Middle GA Technical College Foundation into the Central Georgia Technical College Foundation, as well as taken on a leadership role in several local non-profit organizations. I am extremely honored to serve the middle Georgia community and look forward to the many great things to come for our citizens!”

-Tonya L. McClure
Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement
Central Georgia Technical College

I really feel that LM helped me to better see the big picture of local government and how my role (then as principal at BSMS) was ultimately linked to other factors in our community. In 2011, I was offered an opportunity to extend my service within the Monroe County School System when I accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Middle & High Education. I truly feel that my LM experience helped provide me with training that ultimately had a bearing on what I am doing for the school system right now.”

– Dr. Mike Hickman
Monroe County Board of Education

“Although I’ve lived or worked Monroe County for many years, I learned many new things about our awesome community through Leadership Monroe. I was able to meet some of the best employers in Monroe County, and I was also able to discover and experience the work that goes into economic development. As a result, I have gained a new appreciation for those who work behind the scenes to build and sustain industries in our county. Most importantly, I was able to join a network of Leadership Monroe professionals. Although my classmates and I graduated in 2012, we have continued to communicate often and to maintain excellent professional relationships.”

– Sarah Alford, Assistant Principal
Mary Persons High School
Leadership Monroe Class of 2012

“Leadership Monroe single handedly shaped my personal and professional future in Monroe County.  I never expected so much to come from this program, but my knowledge of Monroe County and the incredible individuals who make up this fiercely passionate community has helped me become a better resident and a more-determined businesswoman…  For anyone new to the community, or for those who are looking to know more about how to affect change in our precious community, Leadership Monroe is the program for you. “

Katie Magee, Executive Director
Anchor of Hope Foundation
Leadership Monroe Class of 2016


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2018 Leadership Monroe Class

Holly Connell, Volume Chevrolet

Mark Davis, Caterpillar

Wanda Freeman, Georgia Public Safety Training Center

Kurt Ham, Capital Inspections

Taylor Bittick, Chamless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs, LLP

Matt Hughes, Mitigation Management

Tommy Johnston, Tommy Johnston State Farm

Lisa Lee, Monroe County Adult and Community Education/Central GA Technical College

Madison Morris, United Bank

Vickie Nickel, Monroe County Family Connection

Melissa O’Dell, Central Georgia EMC

Sloan Oliver, Monroe County Reporter

Matthew Peeler, United Bank

Kayla Speir, Charlie Pelt State Farm

Kayleigh Sullivan, Middle Georgia Regional Commission

Byerly Vaughn, Central Georgia Heart Center

Stephanie Williams, American Craftsman Homes

Ellen Wood, Buckley & Hopkins

Dr. Efrem Yarber, Monroe County Middle Schools