who is marvelous light?

'But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light'
~1 Peter 2:9

Marvelous Light Empowerment Association (MLEA) Inc., was founded by Atlanta native Kathy Hood in August 2007 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of families and individuals all over the world by providing the tools and resources necessary to grow and develop physically, mentally, spiritually and financially through a myriad of services, forums, trainings and workshops.

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Meet the Founder

Kathy Booker HoodKathy Hood is the founder and CEO of Marvelous Light Empowerment Association (MLEA), a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of families and individuals by providing the tools and resources necessary to grow and develop physically, mentally, spiritually and financially through a myriad of services, forums, training and workshops. Kathy’s hard work, expertise and experience has propelled MLEA to become one of an elite few non-profit organizations responsible for the recent expansion of South Fulton’s economic footprint. 

Under the umbrella of MLEA, Kathy has established a number of outstanding programs; among them is Woman University. Woman University was created to provide services, educational opportunities and resources to equip women to become community leaders and business owners through a creative, supportive global network. Kathy has partnered with a number of companies and organizations like the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Technical College, the Collaborative Firm, BB&T Bank, Regions Bank and most recently, PowerMyLearning and Google, to assist in the provision of services and resources needed to accomplish the program’s mission. Since its inception, Woman University has produced several new female business owners throughout the Atlanta metro area.

Kathy is also the creator of Rare Jewel, initially a mentoring and leadership program for teens, Rare Jewel is now an African-American Christian Super Heroine, based on the life of Kathy Hood, for which she uses to inspire, strengthen and empower young women.  Under Kathy’s leadership, Rare Jewel was sketched and brought to life by Aziza Andre, a rising star student out of Amario’s Art Academy for the Gifted and Talented, located in Southwest Atlanta.  Kathy worked to transform Rare Jewel into a digital graphic novel which was eventually developed by iRemedi as an Apple App for Itunes.

In addition to publishing her graphic novel, Kathy was honored and received an award for Excellence in Community Service & Non-Profit, by the National Coalition of 100 Black Woman, Inc., MECCA Chapter (2017); 2018 Pinnacle Leadership Award by the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Center, Inc. Mrs. Hood was featured in South Fulton Lifestyle and Rolling Out Magazines and 'People You Need to Know' magazine; as well as, a presenter at numerous South Fulton Business After Hours events. She has served as guest speaker for the Atlanta Healthcare and Music Festival, the Dare to Be Beautiful Annual Women’s Retreat, and countless other workshops and forums.  She is devoted and committed to empowering and developing women, business owners and leaders in her community and throughout the country.

An active member of Light of Joy Church, Riverdale, Georgia, Kathy is married and is the proud mother of an adult daughter and son, and two precious grandsons and one granddaughter. 


Vision Statement

Be an organization people can come to discover who they are (their motivational gifts), and be empowered, encouraged, and equipped to live victorious lives; teach women to search internally and begin operating in their gifts, talents, and abilities, and help them become mentors that motivate others to overcome life obstacles.


Mission Statement

To provide individuals the tools  needed to grow physically and spiritually in self-esteem, finances, family stability, and career.

To encourage God's people to ask so it shall be given, seek so they will find, and knock so the door will be opened to them.

Meet The Team


    "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."

    Ephesians 3:20



    "Without faith it is impossible to please God"

    Hebrews 11:6


    Chief Financial Officer

    ""Do unto others as you would have done unto you""

    Matthew 7:12


    Director, Program Management

    "I do not regard myself as having laid hold... but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind... I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

    Phil 3:13-14


    Director, Marketing & Communications

    “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Jeremiah 29:11


    Ambassador, Douglasville Chapter

    ""Why work so hard to fit in when you were called to be set apart?"

    2 Corinthians 6:17


    Ambassador, Dekalb Chapter

    "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

    Matthew 6:33


    Ambassador, Mississippi Chapter

    "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"

    Luke 1:45


    Ambassador, Midwest Chapter