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Leadership DeKalb - Beacon Society Donors

Beacon Society Donors

  • Tarsha Calloway ‘18 (Chair)
  • Bo Spalding ‘09
  • Alecea Quintyne ‘16
  • Monica Richardson ‘17
  • Earl Walker ‘14
  • Sheri Lake ‘17
  • Lucretia Ramsey ‘18
  • Thele Moore ‘18
  • Anne Lerner ‘14
  • Ron Alston ‘08
  • Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming ‘99
  • Brent Adams ‘17
  • LoRandy Akies ‘18
  • Mike McCauliffe ‘18
  • Alvin Glymph ‘18
  • A’Sheika Penn ‘18
  • C-A Washington ‘18
  • Cynthia Moorer ‘18
  • Mitchell King ‘14

The Beacon Society of Leadership DeKalb is a group of individual donors who support the overall work and mission of Leadership DeKalb to strengthen leaders, engage communities and support the nonprofit community in DeKalb. The Beacon Society donors have a deep understanding of the organization’s purpose and pave the way for the organization to do its community work. The Beacon Society is an annual individual donor campaign launched in 2018 and the inaugural chair is Tarsha Calloway from the Class of 2018.

What we do

Leadership DeKalb’s purpose is to be the pipeline for human capital who take on leadership roles in DeKalb County. We believe that every viable community should have access to a group of informed and involved leaders capable of addressing and resolving issues critical to the community’s economic viability. We do this through our core program which exposes top leaders to issues that impact community development such as, Justice, Education, History, Arts & Culture, Health Care, Government, Diversity & Inclusion and Integrity & Ethics. Leadership DeKalb has been committed to this work for the past 32 years. Each class is between 55 – 60 leaders, with over 1,200 Alumni of the core program. In 2014, Leadership DeKalb implemented the Community Service Projects module to the core program. During the core program, the class is divided into small groups and paired with a nonprofit organization. The teams work on pro-bono consulting projects for the nonprofit organizations for the duration of the program, culminating with a specific deliverable at Closing Retreat. The projects have included marketing plans, volunteer plans, research and data analysis, and resource development plans. We have impacted 43 nonprofit organizations in 5 years. In addition, Leadership DeKalb has strengthened the pipeline for graduates to serve on the boards of the nonprofits and implemented a board service seminar in 2018.

Beacon Society Contributions:

The Beacon Society contribution is a minimum of $1,500, and contributions fulfilled by June 30, 2019.


Integrity & Ethics October 4, 2018
Diversity & Inclusion Day October 18, 2018
History, Arts & Culture Day November 15, 2018
Government Day January 17, 2019
Justice Day February 28, 2019
Education Day March 21, 2019
Health Day April 18, 2019
Economic Development Day May 16, 2019

How to join

Simply send an email to Maria Balais, Executive Director (maria@leadershipdekalb.org), indicating your intent to join the Beacon Society and you will receive an invoice. Recognition and benefits expire on August 31, 2019. The Beacon Society is an annual campaign.

*Leadership DeKalb is a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization