Servant Leaders in Action: Business

Cross-Cultural and Transition Training


J.D. Whitney (MBA ’07, BME '98) is currently working in Qingdao, China as the Chief Operations Officer of a business startup called micMAC Global Solutions. MicMac offers cross-cultural and transition training to people travelling in and out of China. Their goal is to equip people for success and longevity when crossing cultures. They provide training and ongoing support and services in cultural, family and language learning. Their main office is based in Qingdao but they provide services throughout Asia and the U.S.

J.D.’s wife Jenny (Smith, BA '99) and he have three kids, Corban (3), Josiah (2), and Elijah (5 mos.). They arrived in China in the beginning of April. Whitney states, “Our education at HIU has been an invaluable contribution to the effectiveness of our work. Even more than the classroom learning, the relationships that we built with other students and the faculty and staff have ministered to us greatly in our marriage and parenting.

The most important thing I remember from HIU is that my professors cared about me. I remember that they knew what was going on in my life. They wanted me to grow and were not afraid to help me in my immaturity. They always believed I could be a better person, musician, and student than I thought I could be.”