City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2011
Goodyear Vice Mayor Osborne receives leadership scholarship
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Sept. 12, 2011) Goodyear Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne has received the Fourth Annual Michael H.T. Lynch Memorial Scholarship, and will attend the National League of Cities 19th Annual Leadership Summit, "Inspire, Change, Lead: The Art of Possibility." The $2,500 scholarship was awarded by the National League of Cities, and covers the vice mayor's registration fee, airfare, travel and lodging expenses for the three-day event this week at The W Minneapolis Foshay Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn. The Annual Leadership Summit is a professional development retreat for local officials, promoting success and understanding of leadership roles and responsibilities.
Osborne is a small business owner and mother of four. As part of her scholarship application she submitted a personal statement, noting that her interest in serving the community was sparked by a desire to improve the quality of local area schools. Her first leadership roles involved volunteering at "school and other kid-centric organizations." These experiences led her to pursue other opportunities involving governance and prosperity for the city of Goodyear. In her statement, Osborne reflected on her community involvement, increasing leadership and the importance of life-long learning and mentoring.
Osborne was elected to the Goodyear City Council in 2007 and was appointed as vice mayor in July. She has served on several boards, including Goodyear in Action, the Homeless Youth Connection, Westmarc, and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. She founded Valley of the Sun YMCA Teen Action Council, and has served as chair of the Committee on Homelessness and vice chair of the Human Services Coordinating Committee at the Maricopa Association of Governments.
The Leadership Training Council's Scholarship Committee created the Michael H.T. Lynch Memorial Scholarship in 2008 to honor the late Kirkwood, Mo. councilmember, Michael Lynch, who was an advocate for education and training. The Leadership Training Institute is the National League of Cities' learning and resource center, offering education and training seminars where local elected officials can learn practical leadership skills and strategies for leading change and innovation. The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization, representing more than 218 million Americans in 19,000 cities, towns and villages.