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Canena Adams

Master of Communication and Leadership, Community Leadership
Class of 2019
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Canena Adams currently serves as the Founder and Director of Women of Worth, Inc. (WOW), and as the Assistant Director of Marriage Matters Jackson (MMJ). Both companies are located in Jackson, MI and serve as local nonprofits in her community that focus on “wholeness”—a healthy mind, body and soul. The overall mission of WOW and MMJ is to see women, youth, and families live their absolute best and healthiest lives. Canena is a wife of 17 years to her business partner and best friend, Gregory Adams. She is also the mother of five children as well as a mentor to many.

Canena has held several leadership responsibilities beyond her current positions at WOW and MMJ. She is also the Interim Executive Director of MMJ, the chair and president of a women’s group (a position she has held for over 14 years), and an Outreach Specialist/Social Worker for her county’s Department on Aging through the local health department.

Canena is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Specialist and uses her credentials and expertise for public speaking forums and teaching healthy relationship sessions in local, public, private and charter schools within her community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master's degree in communication and leadership from Spring Arbor University. Canena considers herself to be very versatile in that she is comfortable in one-on-one settings as well as on larger platforms where she has had audiences of 700 or more. Her motto and favorite saying is: “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

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