Kerry Martin is a seasoned and savvy Harvard-trained strategist with three decades of experience crafting innovative solutions to a wide range of social, business and marketing challenges. Keys to her success are being intensely strategic, insanely organized and an inspired communicator coupled with a sound educational foundation and unique interdisciplinary background. Kerry founded Hope Xchange in 2013 after battling with a bipolar diagnosis and invites you to read more about her story at Founder's Message.
Kerry is also CEO and Founder of Hope Xchange Timebankand Founder of Give a Grape, a cause-marketing initiative in collaboration with the wine industry to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and other social causes. She was also a cause-marketing strategist, consulting with heart-centered entrepreneurs to grow mind and market share by adopting a cause. She also held senior marketing, business development and program management positions at three dot.com start-ups, was a Project Manager at an environmental-economics consulting company and Director of Finance for a US Congressional Campaign.
Kerry volunteers because...
I volunteer simply because I care. No one should have to go through life thinking that no one cares about them. But they do. The suicide statistics today, particularly for our children, are simply staggering and absolutely heartbreaking.
I also founded Hope Xchange because I was misdiagnosed and, as a result, screwed up part of my life with unnecessary manic episodes, followed by profound depressions and three suicide attempts, all of which put my family and friends through unbearable pain. But, I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm still here, and unlike far too many, I was not let down by the medical community or abandoned by families and friends.
Further, as someone who also mentors, I know our programs work. We provide a bridge paved with love and light that transitions those struggling from hopeless to hopeful and helpless to helpful, as most I mentor now volunteer for us or want to become mentors. But, I don't do this alone. I have built an amazing team of other volunteers: kindred spirits who I am incredibly grateful and blessed to be supported by and I'm so proud to call part of our Hope Xchange family. So while I don't get paid, I don't care. Because I know, that because of our team, there are people out there who do feel cared for and that is what matters most to me.
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