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Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor to Participate in Holiday Event for Volunteers of America

October 31, 2017

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will take part in the Serving with CEOs program on Nov. 7 at the Crosswalk Teen Shelter, 525 W. Second Ave., Spokane, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Taylor will join members of Spokane County United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) in decorating Christmas trees for 12 local Volunteers of America programs. “It’s an honor to take part in an event like this,” Taylor says. “These are very important programs in our community. The people who use these services are often dealing with a great amount of stress and have possibly suffered great hardships. It’s wonderful that we can come together through Whitworth’s partnership with ELS, and through our common missions of serving our community, bring some goodness and light to these folks and the employees working on their behalf during the holidays.”

ELS was established in 2013 to help young professionals develop leadership skills and generate change in the Spokane community. It provides a platform for its members to be recognized for the differences they make in the community. ELS currently has 145 members and 25 board members, nearly a quarter of which are Whitworth MBA students and alumni. 

The Serving with CEOs program was formed in 2016 in an effort to connect young business professionals to opportunities they care about and to allow them to network with industry leaders already making positive contributions in Spokane.

Past Serving with CEOs participants have included Spokane Mayor David Condon, Avista Corp. CEO Scott Morris and Col. Brian Newberry, former commander of Fairchild Air Force Base’s 92nd Air Refueling Wing.

The public is invited to participate in this event, but registration is required. To register, please visit

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or