BIO-Lena Arnold author, poet, songwriter, motivational speaker…is the author of For This Child We Prayed: Living with the Secret Shame of Infertility, For This Dream We Prayed Companion Journal, Strong Black Coffee: Poetry and Prose to Encourage, Enlighten, and Entertain Americans of African Descent, In the Absence of My Father, Scenes From the City and the recently released Jackie’s Way.
Lena and her husband Horace started INfertility Press an imprint of Emperor Publishing, in an effort to dispel many of the myths associated with infertility in both the African-American and Christian communities.
Her work has been featured in numerous periodicals, including “Free to Fly: Transitions for the Seasons in a Woman’s Life,” published by InSCRIBEd Inspirations and The Speaker Anthology, Vol 1: 101 Stories That Have Inspired and Motivated Audiences from Coast to Coast by Kent Gustavson and Sally Shields (Editor). As a motivational speaker, Lena applies the lessons learned from clinical infertility to the social, emotional and spiritual infertility many of us feel in various areas of our lives. As a wife, and mother of three—including her “double blessing” of twin sons—Lena seeks to encourage and empower women to “give birth” to all their dreams!
Lena received her master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and her bachelor’s in Mass Communications Wright State University in Dayton, OH. As a journalist, she has written for several periodicals and was endorsed by the late CBS News Correspondent Ed Bradley for “…being a thoughtful writer who goes beyond…”
Lena is also a respected consultant on family and youth issues and has spent the last 25 years working tirelessly on their behalf. She is primarily responsible for helping nonprofits & businesses achieve organizational goals through the creation of effective development strategies.
She is consistently sought out as a motivational speaker for her dynamic public speaking abilities.
WRITING, Public Relations, Media
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT
Planned Java, Jazz, and Poetry Fundraising Series
Web-page and Social Media Administrator for Emperor Publishing LLC
Established Social Media Team to Increase Brand Awareness resulting in 25% increase of Twitter audience, 100% increase of Instagram audience, and 10% increase of Facebook. Created Twitter Campaign to increase potential donor data base.
Implemented-Spring/Fall Membership Drive
Created Comprehensive Development Plan
Created Comprehensive Marketing Plan
Orchestrated 4 New Partnerships valued at more than $16,000 over a six month period.