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Beacon Membership Criteria
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As part of our Membership Campaign, Beacon has reduced the application fee to $25.  Annual Dues are currently $275.  

Beacon members are high-level contributors to business and industry.

1. Eligible applicants are or have been one of the following:

a. A C-level executive – Employed in a C-level* executive position, with responsibility for setting strategy and leading its execution for a corporation, an independent operating division, a non-profit organization, or a small business with annual revenue of at least $2 million and/or 10 employees. Or

b. A direct report to a C-level executive – Employed in a position reporting directly to a C-level executive. In this capacity, you must have or have had critical strategic and operational responsibilities and not limited to performing administrative duties in support of the executive. Or

c. An advisor to C-level executives – Acting in a consulting capacity to C-level executives, with regular and frequent interaction with these executives. In this capacity, you must be or have been advising the executives and applying a depth of expertise on a critical strategic business issue(s). This may include those who sell services using a consultative approach where they are functioning in a C-level capacity for their business clients.

d. A business owner – A solopreneur, an entrepreneur working alone to build a business not big enough to bring in a team, or a sole proprietor. If in this category, you must have had previous experience as described under a, b, or c above.

e. In transition – Someone who has been in one of the above categories and is in the process of changing jobs or careers.

f. Next generation executive – Someone who may not have had C-level experience as described under a, b, or c above, but who is accomplished and has high potential for future advancement and/or accomplishments. These individuals fit into one of the following categories: a functional manager who has responsibility for a department or other significant organizational unit within an organization; an entrepreneur who has founded one or more successful businesses; a senior practitioner in a professional services firm has had increasingly greater responsibility for managing major client projects, typically in a specific area of expertise, where they are independently advising C-level executives.

2. Our expectation is that Beacon members will commit to exhibiting all the following leadership characteristics that are the backbone of Beacon culture.

a.  Networking for life: connecting with other executives to accomplish specific goals – yours and theirs – and with a focus on building long-term relationships; recognizing common threads among the people within your network and connecting those people with one another

b. Generosity of spirit: showing a readiness to give more than is expected or strictly necessary to help someone else before asking someone else to help you; listening actively with a distinct bias toward understanding what action you can take to help others

c. Awareness of group dynamics: realizing the impact you have on others in meetings and at events; self-awareness and self-management to participate constructively and engage others in helping everyone make relevant contributions

d. Thought leadership: willingness to share knowledge and expertise; experience as a subject matter expert who gives presentations and/or authors blogs, articles, books, etc.

e. Volunteerism: willingness to become actively involved as evidenced by previous experience as a volunteer, committee or group chair, board member and/or board officer in either a corporate on nonprofit organization


* C-level refers to the top executives in senior management, usually having titles beginning with "chief." Traditional examples are Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operations Officer (COO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), etc.


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