Speaking Engagements



From stress-related health issues as a single mom and employee to a healthy, successful entrepreneur, Arlene’s courage and determination has inspired and helped countless audiences discover their own assignment and transform the funding landscape of countless organizations.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ASCEND NONPROFIT AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS and GRANT YOURSELF SUCCESS, Arlene has developed workshops and programs that are altering the trajectory of nonprofits and businesses throughout the country.

Arlene continues her journey, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal and professional success, drawn directly from her life experiences. 
Arlene’s extraordinary story of transforming her own life from physical, mental, and emotional illness to leading a successful enterprise is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Today, people revere Arlene for her mastery of teaching people how to grant write effectively and tap their limitless potential in support of their fundraising and professional goals to transform lives and communities.
Arlene lives, plays and works in the greater San Antonio, Texas area but loves to speak on stages around the world, working alongside her team committed to Ascending.