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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; and 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 attributions to the University and community.
  • Lifetime membership to the WLS alumni network.
  • Professional and social events invitations.
  • Leadership and service: Participate with your WLS peers, alumni, and the community in leadership and service-oriented events.

Becoming a Member:

To be considered for WLS, 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 in one of the following ways.

  1. Serve as a student leader at one of the campuses. Student leaders are active students currently enrolled and will serve for approximately two years.
  2. Demonstrate 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-nominations.

Student Nomination and Submission Requirements

  • Part 1: WLS Membership Student nomination form
  • Part 2: A current resume or bio
  • 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 in the WLS may be approved for WLS induction in one of the following ways:

  1. By faithfully executing the duties of a student leader as documented by peers, faculty, and/or campus staff and administrators during the term of service (minimum of four months service).
  2. By providing leadership, active service, and support to the University and/or within the community as documented by the student, the student's peers, faculty, school administrators, community members, and/or colleagues.

Spring 2021 Nomination Deadline and Induction Ceremony

The Spring 2021 nominations (self-nominations are permitted) are due to Christine Taitano, the Director of Student Success at SBStudentSuccess@redlands.edu no later than January 29, 2021.  All nomination requirements (all four parts) must be completed and submitted as one packet by the deadline for consideration. 

All nominations will be reviewed for approval by the Whitehead Leadership Society 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 virtually on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and attendance is by invitation only.