Event Details

As 21st Century Leaders celebrates its 30th anniversary, we hope you join us as we honor the accomplishments of 21 dynamic student leaders and the legacy created by 21st Century Leaders. Be part of the celebration as we officially kick off our fourth decade of service and help us reach our goal to serve even more high school students across the state by connecting, transforming, inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Enjoy dinner, live music, live and silent auction and an inspirational evening! All proceeds raised at this event goes directly to support our student programs.

Event Leadership
GYLA Co-Chairs | Matt Johnson, KPMG & Marty Fleischmann, Ascension Growth & Innovation Strategies
GYLA Silent Auction | Katelyn Fredericks, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLC

Saturday, March 2, 2019
6 PM – 9 PM
Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Business Formal 

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2019 GYLA Sponsors

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Auction Registration

We will be using mobile bidding again this year. Bidding onsite will occur exclusively through mobile devices, so please come with your phones fully charged. There will be volunteers on-site to assist if needed.

Featured Item

Atlanta United “Rowdy and Proud” Package – You and a guest will receive tickets to a game in the 2019 Season sitting in the Supporter Section down where the action happens. Cheer on your 2018 MLS Cup Winners all while supporting a great cause!

Donate to Our Auction

If you would like to donate an auction item, please complete the form below. If you would like to download the form then email or mail it in please send to:

liz@21stcenturyleaders.org or
21st Century Leaders
Attn: Silent Auction
PO Box 1125
Decatur, GA 30031


Honor a Young Leader

Thank you for supporting youth leadership and recognizing an outstanding youth leader in your area. Please be prepared to fill out information about your student, including contact information, as well as answering questions about the student and his/her leadership accomplishment.

You will be able to save and continue this form, giving you a chance to review and come back. Nominations for 2020 will open in Fall of 2019.

Good luck!

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nominee must be a current 21st Century Leader student
  • Nominee must be a high school student
  • Nominee must be able to attend the awards event
  • Nominee must be nominated by a teacher, counselor, mentor, friend, etc. (nominator can NOT be a relative)

Nomination Process:

  • Just click on the nomination form button below and complete the form in its entirety
  • Be prepared to provide detailed information about the student’s achievements
  • Additional items can be uploaded to the nomination form; i.e. resume, websites, videos, pictures, or articles
  • Nominators may be notified by email or phone with additional questions. Please be responsive!
  • The top 21 students will be selected by our GYLA Selection Committee, a group of business professionals, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, 21CL Board of Directors, and 21CL alumni and student peers
  • Nominators will be notified if your student is selected for the top 21 in early January

Selection Committee

All nominations are reviewed by our GYLA Selection Committee,  comprised of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, 21CL Board of Directors, 21CL corporate volunteers, and 21CL alumni and student peers. This year, the nominated students were carefully chosen by the following 23-member selection committee:

  1. Hector Gallardo, The Coca-Cola Company, 21CL Board
  2. Michael Asmelash, Live Nation Entertainment, 21CL Alumni  & Former GYLA Recipient
  3. Alan Magee, Church’s Chicken
  4. Whitney Williams, 21CL Youth Ambassador, Former GYLA Recipient
  5. Julia Abelsky, LinkedIN, 21CL Alumni & Former GYLA Recipient
  6. John del Santo, Delta
  7. Monique Bell, Bobby Dodd Institute
  8. Chadwick Boyd, Lovely & Delicious (L&D Enterprises, Inc.)
  9. Lisa Collins, BakerHostetler
  10. Chandra Farley, Partnership for Southern Equity
  11. David Felfoldi, Sherpa Global
  12. Yovany Jerez, AT&T
  13. Shaneeta Johnson, Morehouse School of Medicine
  14. Matt Johnson, KPMG, 21CL Board
  15. Yolanda Lewis, District Court of Fulton County, 21CL Board
  16. Amanda Mewborn, Piedmont Healthcare
  17. Tamira Moon, Georgia Department of Public Health and To the Moon & Back Foundation, Inc.
  18. Marguerite Pressley-Davis, Pressley Davis Strategic Business Consulting and Tulle La La
  19. Adriane Randolph,Ph.D. Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business
  20. C.J. Stewart, L.E.A.D., Inc.
  21. Stephen Vault, WellStar