About Kathy Osborn
Kathleen T. Osborn is Executive Director of the Regional Business Council (RBC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Osborn spearheaded the establishment of the Regional Business Council in 1999.
The Regional Business Council is a consortium of presidents and CEOs representing 100 of the region’s largest companies. The RBC’s mission is to unite and engage members to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region.
Since its inception, the RBC has played a vital role in the region and is focused on numerous issues including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, infrastructure funding, workforce development, business diversity and reform of the St. Louis Public Schools system. The RBC’s commitment to the community extends to the United Way of Greater St. Louis, for which it has raised more than $64 million since 2001.
Prior to serving in this position, Osborn was Vice Chancellor of University Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Osborn oversaw several major mergers, collaborations and partnerships such as the Southwestern Bell Telecommunity Center and the endowed professorship program. She raised over $70 million and implemented an extensive regional and national marketing effort.
Osborn serves on the Board of Directors for UMB Bank and DHR International. She is also very active within the St. Louis community and serves on a variety of business and civic boards including: Casa de Salud Board, St. Mary’s Hospital Community Advisory Board, St. Louis Sports Commission Board and Executive Committee, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, Urban League of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis County Economic Council, United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Airport Commission, St. Louis University Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, St. Louis Police Foundation Board, Forest Park Forever Board and Executive Committee, Eisenhower Fellowships St. Louis International Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council.
A frequent speaker, Osborn has received a host of distinguished awards, including: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President’s Award 2011, the Links Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Women Leaders in 2009; Hellenic Spirit Athena Award in 2009; the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women in 2004 and 2007; Recipient of UM-St. Louis Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000; the 1999 University of Missouri Presidential Citation for Alumni Service; YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award in 1998; UM-St. Louis Woman Trailblazer Award in 1997; the 1997 John Berry Meachum Award from the African-American Alumni Chapter of the UM-St. Louis Alumni Association; the 1998 UM-St. Louis School of Education Distinguished Alumna Award; and several others.
Osborn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition, she earned a postgraduate certificate from the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University.
LISTEN: Kathy Osborn joins KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and PNC Bank Regional President Rick Sems to chat about her achievements.
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