Jeanne Lind Herberger Award Honoree
When Anne Lynch reflects on her years serving Arizona Women’s Education & Employment, also fondly known as AWEE, she recalls the half-a million dollar budget and few staff from the old days. Now she talks with excitement about the organization’s important growth exceeding a $3 million budget and serving thousands of women, men and youth each year through award-winning programs. The 2009 Jeanne Lind Herberger honoree hasn’t tired from her 23 years on the AWEE board, including two stints as president. She instead will share that she’s also served on many other boards for just as long. She’s committed, thoughtful, engaged and a steady hand at leading through the many issue areas she’s been a part of in her nearly four decades working and volunteering in the Phoenix community.
Lynch received the prestigious award, named after one of AWEE’s founders and most committed long-time supporters, Jeanne Lind Herberger. The Herberger award recognizes individuals who have been at the forefront of AWEE’s leadership, philanthropy and investment in workforce development for women, men and young adults.
“Anne has been a steady, go-to leader in our community for some time,” remarked Jeanne Lind Herberger, the award’s namesake. “She’s been a pioneering woman in business, put herself out there for the community in the early years, and simply hasn’t let up with her service and passion for making a difference. We’re thrilled to celebrate her,” Herberger added.
"I’ve always been moved by the stories and successes we hear and see coming out of AWEE,” noted Lynch. “To be a small part of that effort over the years and realize we have changed lives and helped people get back to work has been an honor. Participation in our community and helping an organization like AWEE makes life better for all of us.”
Lynch, a north central Phoenix resident, moved to Arizona with her husband, Bob, 37 years ago and continued her career in the phone industry, including as one of the first female managers in the old telephone company Mountain Bell. After early retirement in 1990, she directed a small non-profit agency, worked in Governor Jane Hull’s administration, including serving as Deputy Secretary of State, and was active in a number of Arizona Republican Party positions. She is member and past chair of the Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Commission, member of Valley Leadership Class V, member and past Regent of Camelback Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and member of Phoenix Rotary 100.
As a Jeanne Lind Herberger Award recipient, Anne Lynch joins the ranks of a group of exceptional women that includes Dr. Clara Lovett, Ruth Downs, Governor Janet Napolitano, Elva Wingfield Coor, Betsey Bayless, Mary Jane Rynd, Deborah Carstens and Diane Cummings Halle.