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Brenda Jenkins is a mother of four, grandmother of sixteen, and great-grandmother of six. She is also living with multiple myeloma-a rare, incurable cancer. As a cancer survivor, Brenda educates cancer patients, staff, and caregivers across the nation using tools gained from her experience in project management, consulting, quality assurance, and process engineering.
Brenda engages audiences and empowers them to leave with action steps for everyday living. She is well versed in problem solving; her out-of-the-box thinking allows her to provide communication and relationship solutions in areas where others only see problems. Individuals attending Brenda's training learn to use a variety of organizational and interpersonal tools.
Brenda is also a speaker, consultant and workshop facilitator through her business, ARIEL Connections. ARIEL promotes the importance of valuing people through an emphasis on its core values: Accept, Relate, Invest, Encourage, and Love.
In all your accomplishments, remember, people are more important than things. Treat them gently.
As a Parent Advocate, Brenda believes the answer to today's problems can be solved one parent at a time, one family at a time, and one community at a time. Brenda has published several how-to books on leadership. Her latest book, He is Not Left Behind...He is with Me! is a handbook that encourages parents while offering tips for raising children.
During the last 20 years, Brenda started three ministries at her church. She currently serves as the founder/director of the Parenting Ministry and is a mentor to many. Brenda is currently working on a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with a 2016 completion date.
Leaving the Lone Ranger Mentality Alone, Author
E-Book Leaving the Lone Ranger Mentality Alone, Author
When We Reach the Edge, Where Do We Go for Support?, Author
E-Book When We Reach the Edge, Where Do We Go for Support?, Author
He Is Not Left Behind...He Is With Me!, Co-author
HELP! For Your Leadership, Co-author
Leaders Self-Care Workbook: HELP! For Your Leadership, Co-author
Life As A Single Mom: It Isn't Easy, or Is It?, Contributing author
a 2nd Act Cancer Survivors Changing the Question From "Why Me? To "What Next?", Contributing author
2013 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year from the Michigan Chapter
Who's Who in Black Detroit (2008-2014)
2010 Professional Woman of the Year (The Detroit Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.)
2003 Herald Award
Telephone Pioneers of America National Education Excellence Award for Renovation for Education (Ameritech Michigan Chapter 10)
Memberships & Associations
Member, National Speakers Association
Former Member, National Speakers Association Michigan Chapter
Member, National Biblical Counseling Association (NBCA)
Former Member, Christian Writers Association, Detroit Chapter
Former Member, Detroit Parent Network
Former Member, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
Training & Certifications
Certified Biblical Counselor and Adjunct Instructor for Christian Research and Development
State (MI) Circle of Parents Facilitator Trainer