- Shirley Osborne
Shirley Osborne is the immediate past Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly (MLA). She was the first woman to chair a political party in Montserrat, and the party was elected overwhelmingly, under her leadership. During her time as Speaker of the MLA, she served as the Chairperson of the CWP of the Caribbean, Atlantic and the Americas Region, and in 2015, was elected Vice Chairperson of the CPA. In her other work, she has collaborated with organisations such as the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, UN Women, MTV and the World Academy for the Future of Women at SIAS University in Zhengzhou, China.
Shirley has written for publications that include the Montserrat Reporter, the Jamaica Gleaner, the NY Daily News and The Parliamentarian. Shirley is the author of, Tolerance is No Virtue: Ignorance, Appreciation, and the Human Story, which critics have compared to the seminal Hannah Arendt book, “The Origins of Totalitarianism”. Her most recent books are, When Women Lead or Some of the Myriad Reasons Why Many Women in Leadership = A Better World. and LEAD GOOD: A Handbook for Political Women
Shirley holds an MBA from Simmons University in Boston, MA.