About Jenn Walden
I was born and raised in the outskirts of Nashville, TN, and blessed to grow up with a big extended family surrounded by faith, love, and music.
I earned degrees in History, Psychology, and Education, and served in various fields of education for more than twenty years. My teaching and administrative roles in public, private, and Christian education afforded me the unique opportunity to work with a wide range of people from varied economic, religious, and social circumstances.
I have been nationally recognized for my design and implementation of programs serving at-risk youth, and currently work with under-served and at-risk populations through volunteering and partnering with local and national non-profit organizations.
My most recent projects specifically focus on influencing and empowering women. My blog, Jenn’s Closet, is dedicated to inspiring spiritual wholeness in women, building transparent communities of faith, and equipping any woman to make a difference in her sphere of influence.
I poured myself into teaching and church ministry, and both brought a great deal of fulfillment, but meeting my husband Kirk–when I was 33–was an important turning point in my journey.
As an ovarian cancer survivor, I did not think it was in the cards to have children. Yet, marrying a single dad immediately blessed me with three children, then Kirk and I were surprised by two miracle babies.
Today, I enjoy homeschooling our two youngest, while also supporting Kirk as he speaks and writes for non-profit ministries in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Kirk and I are blessed to live in the beautiful suburbs of Nashville, TN with our two youngest children, a cat (“Meatloaf”) and a dog (“Aubie”).
Beyond spending time with my family and precious friends, I love the outdoors and find relaxation in gardening, walking, and reading a good book on the back porch.
A book that changed my life was Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley.
My favorite daily activity is morning coffee with husband, Kirk.
I hold a lifelong dream to travel to all fifty states; 45 under the belt and 5 to go. I love any travel adventure, but will always be a Southern girl at heart.
In the spirit of Outliers, I have spent more than 10,000 hours working with children as well as speaking. Most of my experience speaking has been in small group settings of 5 to 25, but I have also spoken to audiences of over 5,000. Put me in front of an audience and I’m great, but one on one conversing with a stranger and this girl is a mess. Go figure.