Julie Whitman-Kline is CEO of the Whitman Group, a family-owned collection of companies specializing in natural health education, events, products and services.
She is a businesswoman overseeing 13 different companies within the Whitman Group, a wife and mother of three growing children and is active in her church and community. Since her teen years she’s worked with her family and alongside her father, Dr. Wendell Whitman. His primary focus was on natural health due to his personal health challenges. Because of his positive experience with natural healing he realized the public’s need for accessibility to alternative approaches that were natural, affordable, gentle and effective. He expanded his vision in a community of companies emphasizing natural health education, products and services. Consequently, Julie developed an in-depth understanding of the rapidly growing natural health market.
When her father passed away in 2008 he entrusted his long-range vision and mission to her. She assumed the role of CEO, streamlining operations, enhancing the company’s profile while maintaining focus on the original mission of insuring that all people have the right to know their natural health options and the freedom to make informed choices.
Since then, she’s expanded the mission further by presenting dynamic national and local events; offered certifications and degrees in superior educational programs taught in both English and Spanish; inventoried a wide range of educational books and materials for natural health practitioners; published a membership magazine and created interactive websites; developed several high quality natural product lines; established supportive membership and accreditation programs and spearheaded support for legislation to protect natural health practitioners and modalities.
“One of my greatest career achievements has been to move my father’s vision forward so that access to natural health is realized for all,” she says. “My goal is, and continues to be, bringing natural health education to millions of people.”
There’s an old proverb that says, “When a man dies, a library burns to the ground.” In this case the library has not only been preserved but propelled forward into the future. Of her efforts and skill in maintaining focus, juggling the demands of 13 companies, managing a full staff and meeting the needs of her family one would have to say, “Well done.”