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Rashada Whitehead




Executive summary


Rashada Whitehead is Grant Thornton’s national managing director of Culture, Immersion & Inclusion and a member of the National Leadership Team (NLT). Since joining the firm in 2019, Whitehead has held several roles in Grant Thornton’s People & Community group. In her current role, she is responsible for the firm’s NLT Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) task force, and she is the head of Colleague Experience, People & Community.

An award-winning professor and former PRWeek “40 Under 40” honoree, Whitehead began her career in public relations before becoming a culture transformation executive. She has managed global communications for Fortune 500 companies and served as CEO of two businesses: a national public relations firm and a reputation management and culture transformation firm.

In 2020, Whitehead spearheaded the creation of Grant Thornton’s inaugural DE&I report. She is currently responsible for Grant Thornton’s culture journey; candidate care and onboarding; DE&I initiatives; talent mobility; and alumni relations.

The experienced people and culture leader teaches public relations at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has also provided culture insights and coaching through the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.



Community involvement


A native Chicagoan, Whitehead serves as a mentor for many local education and youth-focused organizations. She is committed to literacy, financial equity and professional development for underrepresented youth and future leaders.





Whitehead received her bachelor’s degree in English writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. She is also a graduate of the Tuck School of Business’ Executive Education program at Dartmouth College.


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