Lynn F Austin is an author, coach, business owner and professor in the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University, where she is also a peer classroom reviewer and a member of the Faculty Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a 2017 Humanitarian Award recipient presented by the legendary R&B and Hip Hop group, The Force MDs, during their “Family and Friends 2” event on June 3, 2017, at BB Kings in Times Square in New York City. The 2017 Humanitarian Award recognized individuals who demonstrate the courage to take decisive action, the wisdom to face aggressive challenges and the willingness to sacrifice to affect causes that impact the betterment of the community.
Lynn developed an affinity for causes impacting women, youth and teen girls as a result of her own life journey which included growing up in an abusive household, being told by a high school counselor “why go to college, all you can expect to be in life is a wife, maid or secretary,” to surviving date rape, to marrying into an abusive marriage. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, earn a Master of Business Administration and hold executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies throughout the country establishing a professional portfolio includes leadership roles at Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Harley-Davidson Motor Company - where she was the first African-American Director of Marketing.
In the midst of a successful career, Lynn married into a mentally, physically and emotionally abusive marriage. In leaving the marriage, she also made the tough decision to leave her career. She left both, packing a suitcase for two weeks and purchasing a one-way ticket to Arizona where she knew no one, had a job lead and set out to figure things out. With the divorce came the loss of assets, investments, and money she had acquired prior to marriage. After many months of therapy and working jobs that didn’t appreciate her skills, talent or experience… it became evident that survival meant becoming TheB.O.M. and “Betting on Me!”
In 2015, Lynn became an Ultimate Success Masterclass graduate and transformational leadership and performance coach. Known for her visionary ability to both understand the objective and build effective plans that achieve results, her programs guide and transform leaders along the most effective and strategic path to achieve results that get them recognized, respected and rewarded for their results.
While actively consulting, coaching and conducting workshops, Over a weekend in 2016, Lynn wrote and self-published three books - “The Little Book of Positive Affirmations,” “Press Interview Fundamentals,” and “12 Step Approach to Sponsorships."
Through her story, she seeks to help others working to find their path in life. Her lifestyle brand, “Betting On Me,” evolved as a means to encourage, motivate and inspire people to live their purpose! Her much-anticipated book titled "TheB.O.M: Betting on Me" is scheduled for Fall 2017 release.
Lynn is an advisory board member of Linking Sports and Communities and a member of the Florence Crittenton Inspire mentoring program. She has been profiled in a wide range of media—including Ebony and Jet Magazine—and is a featured speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the country. She enjoys riding motorcycles, hiking, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.