Whitaker received the award, which is given to young business leaders around the state, at a ceremony in Jackson Thursday. She said it was “an honor” to be recognized and to have the LINK’s work in regional economic development recognized.
“One of the quotes I heard years and years ago by a fellow developer was … ‘We do well by doing good,’” Whitaker said. “…I consider myself very fortunate to be able to say that.”
Originally a broadcast journalism major, Whitaker attended undergraduate at the University of Mississippi and later received her masters in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked for the LINK 10 years this July.
She added there have been at least three other LINK staff members who have been named among MBJ’s Top 50 Under 40 over the years.
“I think it really does say something about our organization and the type of work that we’re able to do and the way that we work that the experiences that we have here really contribute to the success of the community and the success of the individual,” she said. “I consider myself fortunate to not just be able to do the work that I do but to get to work with all the people that my job has allowed me to meet across the state and across the country.”