About Her

Army Veteran, Life Coach, Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker, Multi-dimensional human being…

Tena Arnett Lawyer is a retired U.S. Army intelligence professional, that started her career mentoring, coaching, and training, while in the U.S. Army.  With over 30 years of experience in the Intelligence Community (IC) in Education and Training (E&T), Tena holds a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership, achieved Suma Cum Laude.  She is a Certified Life Coach and has a Certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) from American Training & Development (ATD) and now a new author. 

Tena served as a Director, and a Deputy Director of Education & Training at satellite campuses of the National Security Agency (NSA), where she managed staffs of instructors, curriculum developers, and learning facilitators.  She personally taught courses in analytical & critical thinking skills, basic instructor training, unconscious bias training, and peer-to-peer training & development.

Tena is currently a life coach, writer, and substitute teacher in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

Why is your story important to share?

I think my story is important to share because of the commonalities in experiences we all share, particularly women of color; glimpses into the life of a black leader in the federal government that reveal the challenges minorities face even today; exposure to the very tough, unfriendly culture of NSA; talks about real diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and Belonging, which every employee wants and deserves. And I hope to encourage other woman to write their stories too.


Tena is always available for side collaborations and book club sessions. If you want to chat about your career goals, training, performance improvement or my book, don’t hesitate to reach out. Serious inquiries only. AuthorTena.Lawyer@gmail.com

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