Recognized as a national and international authority in strategic communications, Dr. Kimberly Osborne has been an advisor to senior leaders of U.S. and foreign militaries and governments, Fortune 500 companies, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations. She is the first person named to the
C-SPAN Endowed Chair at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShinePath LLC, an international management and communications consulting firm.
In her previous role as the Chief Strategic Communications Advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces, she reorganized the Afghan National Army’s communications structure, developed a training plan for senior leadership, and shaped media messaging during the presidential elections and withdrawal of the longest NATO mission in history. For these accomplishments, she received a personal commendation from Afghanistan’s Minister of Defense as well as awards and medals from the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO/ISAF. In federal service, she also served as the Chief of Research Communications for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.
As a corporate executive, she launched best-selling software titles for Symantec Corporation; advised senior leadership at General Motors during a multi-billion dollar work stoppage that idled 200,000 workers; and managed the public launch of the fastest-growing, most profitable business unit in Kelly Services’ history. She has led communications efforts at other leading organizations including the University of Georgia, Chevrolet Motor Division, American Honda Motor Company, ABC/Capital Cities, and public relations firms Fleishman-Hillard, and Manning Selvage and Lee.
An accomplished presenter and award-winning writer, Dr. Osborne earned a Ph.D. from the top-ranked program in adult education at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation was a critical study of the power relations and interests that shape television news production. Her academic expertise includes media literacy, cultural studies, power and hegemony, qualitative research methods, and program planning. She earned a master’s degree in communications management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and management from Kalamazoo College. She is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College at National Defense University. She is on the roster of Fulbright Specialists as a communications expert and works as a mentor/advisor encouraging educational capacity-building in foreign universities and governments.
Dr. Osborne serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation and as a Legislative Affairs Advisor for the Global Gateway Foundation. She is a Strategy Advisor for the Ethiopian Diaspora Fellowship, a start-up nonprofit leadership development program based in Los Angeles and Addis Ababa.