Make Failure Matter

Most of us have made more mistakes than we would care to admit. The truth is that stumbling, falling and failing are a part of what makes us human. The key is to allow our failures to also make us humane – to be bold enough to admit failure, be humble enough to learn from it and be generous enough to share that hard earned wisdom.

Arlene has used her experience in public relations, media outreach, event management, branding and digital strategy to advance the goals of mission-driven organizations for more than 15 years. Throughout her career she has drawn inspiration from the powerful combination of images and words that can capture imaginations, build bridges and ignite change.

Before becoming Vice President of Communications at the Case Foundation, Arlene led the strategic communications team at the Urban Institute driving efforts to elevate the visibility and impact of the venerable social and policy research organization. Prior to Urban, Arlene spent five years with Habitat for Humanity International shining a spotlight on Habitat’s advocacy priorities and activating supporters around shelter-related legislative issues.

In her native Canada Arlene earned a BA in communications studies and another bachelor’s degree in political science. She also holds a master’s in mass communications from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. What wakes her up every morning? Figuratively and literally, three sharp and spirited little boys.

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