Faculty Profile

Ateba Whitaker


Ateba Whitaker, a Lecturer in the Management Department at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, brings corporate experience from Pepsi and Nike. With a background in corporate environments, Ateba transitioned to social enterprise work, founding Shoe Revolt, a 501(c)(3) organization, to auction celebrity shoes and fund human trafficking shelters. Later, she founded Unreasonable Kids, a 501(c)(3) social enterprise addressing social justice in education, where she serves in a volunteer position as Chief Education Officer.

At Gatton, Ateba educates and coaches students in MGT 320: Principles of Human Resource Management, focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). She also instructs MGT 352: Social Enterprise Development, delving into business solutions for social issues. Ateba actively champions women's leadership as the LeadHer Women Executive Gatton Student Club advisor, empowering members for C-suite roles.

Beyond academia, Ateba was appointed by Mayor Linda Gorton to serve on the Commission for Human Rights, addressing local human rights issues. She is also a member of the Racial Justice and Equity Commission, dedicated to listening, discussing, and creating empowering solutions that dismantle systemic racism. Her involvement in initiatives like the Mayor's Fall Fair Chance Hiring Conference and other endeavors showcases Ateba's commitment to fostering inclusivity, equity, diversity, and belonging both on campus and within the broader community.

Contact Information

Department: Management
Phone: (859) 323-5974
Email: Ateba.Whitaker@uky.edu
Office: Gatton College of Business, 335B
Personal Website


MSc, Portland State University, 2001
BSIB (Bachelor of Science in International Business), Christopher Newport University, 1998

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