There's no accident that we're publishing today's podcast on Election Day. So many of our friends, colleagues, and clients have expressed to us that their anxiety has steadily increased over the past few months. Depending on how you look at it, today might mark the turning of a page — or a flip back to the beginning of a book you don't want to read again.
Either way, we're more certain than ever that the person who will have the most impact on your wellbeing over the next four years is YOU. Now is the time to take care of yourself.
For a deeper exploration into that message, we're so happy to welcome our dear friend Elaine Martyn, Vice President and Managing Director for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable.
In this latest conversation, we talk about compassion and presence in the workplace; the need to slow down for ourselves and our teams; and how sometimes, during trying times like these, the best advice is to eat more soup.
We're sending lots of warm care to you today and every day. Better times are just ahead.
Elaine Martyn has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice, health, and dignity for all through strategic advocacy, policy, fundraising, and grantmaking in the US, Europe, Asia, and the United Kingdom. She has been a lifelong advocate for refugees, immigrants, medical education and women’s economic empowerment and rights, and has a passion for the arts. Elaine serves as Vice President and Managing Director for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 240,000 nonprofit organizations with over $40 billion in grants since inception in 1991. Elaine is passionate about family philanthropy, impact investing, international grant-making and values-based giving, and oversees a philanthropic strategies team who support donors make over $5 billion in annual grants.
Ms. Martyn previously served as vice president of development at Global Fund for Women and leverages her experiences in executive roles at Refugees International, King’s College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to formulate strategies which help ultra-high net worth donors achieve their family and philanthropic goals.
Ms. Martyn double majored in medical studies and English literature and communications at Gannon University, and has a Master’s degree in Victorian literature from the University of Leeds. In 2013, she was appointed as a special international advisor to the U.S. State Department's Under Secretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy. One of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen 2018 and 2019, she was named one of Save the Children’s Centenary Changemakers for Children in 2019. She has published on topics including equal opportunities, medical education, mentorship and philanthropy. She serves on the advisory boards of Prosperity Catalyst, North Carolina Women United and Partners in Health.