Linnette White Named a 2017 Executive Journey Fellow

Linnette White

January 19, 2017The Purdue College of Pharmacy is pleased to share that Linnette White, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, has been selected as a 2017 Executive Journey Fellow. Mrs. White is one of 28 distinguished Indiana leaders in the field of youth development who have been nominated and selected in this competitive process by the Journey to be the fifteenth class of The Executive Journey Fellowship.

Funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Journey Fellowship was created in 2002 in response to a growing need for ongoing professional and personal renewal in the field of youth work. The Executive Journey Fellowship provides Indiana’s youth workers greater opportunities to bring more meaning to their lives and make stronger commitments to the field of youth work. Fellowship recipients were chosen from executives at youth-serving organizations across Indiana and will receive support to make a difference within their local organizations or communities.

“This Fellowship is about renewing individuals which leads to renewing organizations and ultimately, to renewing the entire field of youth work,” says Tom Plake, Journey Leader.

Since 2003, the Journey Fellowship has served more than 900 prospective and current youth workers through a series of residential retreats designed to create new ways of thinking about and practicing youth work within existing systems and youth programs. Mrs. White will attend her first retreat later this month.

“I am excited to have been selected for the 2017 Executive Journey Fellowship,” comments Mrs. White. “Through this experience, I seek to develop innovative programs that include youth engagement on the college campus. I look forward to meeting and partnering with passionate youth workers from around the state who are a part of this year’s inductees.” 

Mrs. White says the collegiate environment has provided her with a number of opportunities to develop programs geared toward the younger generation. “It has been rewarding to create learning opportunities for the next generation of youth leaders. I enjoy seeing students give back on campus and in the local community through leadership and mentoring opportunities related to field of youth work. This has led to students staying engaged on campus and in their hometowns, too.” She is committed to growing professionally in her role in higher education and continuing to enrich the experience of youth leaders for the future.


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