Lena Arnold is the author of For This Child We Prayed: Living with the Secret Shame of Infertility, For This Dream We Prayed Companion Journal, and Strong Black Coffee: Poetry and Prose to Enlighten, Encourage, and Entertain Americans of African Descent. 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, and will soon be featured in “Free to Fly: Transitions for the Seasons in a Woman’s Life, ” published by InSCRIBEd Inspirations. 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, men, and young people to “give birth” to all their dreams!
Lena is also a respected consultant on family and youth issues and has spent the last 20 years working tirelessly on their behalf. She is primarily responsible for helping non-profits & businesses achieve organizational goals through the creation of effective development strategies.
Lena attended Lincoln University in Missouri on a theater scholarship before returning home to Dayton, where she completed her degree in Communications from the Wright State University School of Liberal Arts. She began her career as a journalist and has written for several publications within the Dayton community where she currently resides.
Ever active in the arts community, she works with her husband’s family company, Arnold Signature Events, to plan and implement the Paul Laurence Dunbar Java, Jazz, and Poetry Series to raise funds for the Dunbar State Memorial, while at the same time encouraging and promoting new and emerging local talent.
Lena is also consistently sought out as a motivational speaker for her dynamic public speaking and theatrical abilities.
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