[Phoenix, AZ] – June 1, 2017 – Arizona resident, Lynn F. Austin has been named a 2017 humanitarian award recipient for efforts battling domestic violence and uplifting at-risk youth.
Lynn F Austin is an author, business owner and adjunct professor in the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University. The 2017 Humanitarian award is being 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 recognizes 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 throughout the country with 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.
Through her volunteer, board and special committee work, Lynn has maintained a deep and personal connection to the causes she cares about. From the Reach One Teach One mentor/tutoring program in Michigan, to the Byte Back adult computer program in Washington, DC to computer-based training programs in New Jersey, to Friends of Orange County Read adult literacy programs in California to the Greater Phoenix Urban League, the Checkered Flag Run Foundation’s children literacy programs to the Florence Crittenton INSPIRE program supporting at-risk teen youth, and the Journey Home program for incarcerated women in Arizona she continues to give back and serve.  
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 coach, motivate and inspire people to live their purpose and her much anticipated book titled "TheB.O.M: Betting on Me" is scheduled for summer 2017 release.