Whitehead Leadership Society


The Whitehead Leadership Society is an organization established to encourage leadership and academic excellence within the University of Redlands School of Business. As facilitators of professional education and lifelong learning, individual members of the Society have the responsibility to:

  • Provide active service and support to the University community
  • Foster an academic climate for enhancing School of Business student achievement
  • Focus on increasing productive student and faculty dialogue
  • Honor the traditions of the liberal arts

Benefits of Whitehead Leadership Society Membership

  • Formal induction ceremony and presentation of a Whitehead Leadership Society (WLS) medallion and certificate of membership
  • Special recognition at commencement for contributions to the University and community
  • Lifetime membership to the WLS alumni network
  • Invitations to professional and social events
  • Participating with your WLS peers, alumni, and the community in leadership and service-oriented events

Becoming a Member

To be considered for WLS membership, nominees must be a current student with current degree program not signed off at time of nomination and induction.

Students may become eligible for WLS nomination by demonstrating leadership skills and knowledge through service in the community, workplace, classroom, and through academic excellence. These students may be nominated by faculty, school administrators, or by self-nomination.


Student Nomination and Submission Requirements

The call for student nominations will be announced to students, staff, and faculty by late fall each year.

  • Part 1: WLS Membership Student Nomination Form
  • Part 2: A current résumé
  • Part 3: A letter of interest and intent
  • Part 4: Two professional letters of recommendation

Student Selection Process: The Pathway to Membership

Students who are eligible for membership into the WLS may be approved for WLS induction by providing documentation supporting their leadership, active service, and involvement within the University and/or community.

Nomination Deadline and Induction Ceremony

Student nominations for the 2021-2022 academic year are due to Christine Taitano, the Director of Student Success, at WLS@redlands.edu no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, January 28, 2022. All four nomination requirements listed above must be completed and submitted as one packet by the deadline for consideration.

All nominations will be reviewed for approval by the WLS Board of Directors. Those approved for induction will receive an email invitation at least two weeks prior to the induction date.

The next WLS Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. PDT at the Redlands Campus. Attendance is by invitation only.

Whitehead Leadership Society Board of Directors

The election of WLS Board of Directors is held bi-annually in the spring. The WLS Board of Directors will maintain a maximum of two continuing board members each election. The continuing board members are to not exceed two consecutive terms.

The WLS Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • Promoting awareness of the Whitehead Leadership Society
  • Providing communication around University, leadership, and volunteer opportunities to the WLS community
  • Partnering with other University groups and entities
  • Reviewing and making decisions on all membership application submissions
  • Participating in a minimum of one activity per year outside of the Annual Induction Ceremony

WLS members interested in becoming a Board member must submit an application, resume, and three letters of recommendation to be reviewed by the current WLS Board of Directors.

2020-2021 WLS Board of Directors


Coleen Berlin

Coleen Berlin Headshot 95x123.jpgColeen Berlin '08

Bruce Rawding

Bruce Rawding Headshot 95x123.jpgBruce Rawding '93

Jason Rollo

Jason Rollo Headshot 95x123.jpgJason Rollo '16

Christine Taitano

Christine Taitano headshot 95x123.jpgChristine Taitano, University Liaison

Bob Warren

Bob Warren Headshot 95x123.jpgBob Warren '03

Contact the Board of Directors by emailing WLS@redlands.edu
View the WLS 2020-2021 Annual Report [PDF] and the WLS 2020-2021 Executive Summary [PDF].  


Whitehead Leadership Society Scholarship for Purposeful Leadership

The Whitehead Leadership Society Scholarship for Purposeful Leadership was inaugurated by the WLS Board of Directors to encourage purposeful leadership within the University of Redlands School of Business. The scholarship is in keeping with the WLS traditions of socially responsible service and sustainable practices in the communities in which our students work and live. At least one $500 scholarship award will be granted each fiscal year by the WLS. The call for student applications will be announced by January each year.

Additional Resources:

The forms below will be available on this page by October 4, 2021.

  • 2022 WLS Board of Directors Guidelines and Application Form
  • 2022 WLS Scholarship for Purposeful Leadership Eligibility Guidelines and Application
  • 2022 WLS Membership Eligibility Guidelines & Nomination Form

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