A myriad of talented, top-notch professionals have been employed at the AFRO in its 120-year history and Lenora Howze, the new director of advertising, is the newspaper’s latest addition.

Lenora holds over 20 years worth of experience in leading, coaching and training sales professionals.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she received a bachelor’s in speech and communications from Temple University in 1982. Shortly thereafter, she earned a master’s in business administration degree from St. Joseph’s University.

In 1990, Lenora migrated to Baltimore and began working for the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Throughout her tenure at the company, she worked as the advertising and marketing division manager, the classified advertising manager and several other sales and management positions, before ultimately serving as the vice president of the advertising division.

After leaving The Sun and spending a few years as a consultant, Lenora chose to come back to the newspaper world but this time, wanted to contribute all she had learned and experienced to her community’s newspaper. She joined the AFRO in September 2012 and considers this Act Two of her career as an advertising and marketing executive.

“I love being a part of such a legendary institution that reflects the voice of the African-American community,” she said. “Working at the AFRO gives me the opportunity to not only be a part of history but also play a role in shaping the paper’s future. No other medium can so beautifully tell our history and yet remain fresh and current with our news than the AFRO.

“I want marketers, advertising agencies, and the business community at large to know that the AFRO delivers a viable and loyal audience of readers both in print and online, and that it would serve their business or organization well to bring their marketing message to our community of readers.”

Lenora serves as an associate pastor at Victorious Ministries International under the leadership of Pastor Tony Smith. She is also a motivational speaker and a co-host of the weekly televised talk show, “Conversations.” Lenora says that whether in ministry or in the workplace her “calling” is to help transform lives and organizations to be the absolute best they can be.