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Kerry Martin, M.P.P., CSM
Chief purpose Officer
On the road less traveled, Kerry is the sprinter. She thinks fast, does swiftly and gives back. Kerry's purpose is to accelerate social good and thereby accelerate hope. She disrupts with innovative solutions, adds conceptual framework to abstraction, fixes problems, structures disorganization, streamlines inefficiencies, and shines light where there is darkness. And, then she rests. :)
As a savvy strategist, strong empathic leader, and interdisciplinary manager, Kerry has been getting it done for 25 years, driving innovative solutions to a wide range of business challenges across multiple industries in not-for-profit and for-profit sectors including mental health, cause marketing, public relations and communications, political fundraising and IT.
There is no better training ground for mastering the skill set required for leadership, Agile and Scrum coaching than startup and entrepreneurial settings. While being highly nimble and laser focused, it was crucial to collaborate yet be comfortable with autonomy. And, being perseverant, passionate and hyper-organized while obsessed with customer/client needs led to continuous improvements and high-value business and social outcomes.
As a New Zealand kiwi, she lives and breathes the team haka. Embracing this 'warrior' spirit is contagious when you lead by example. One of her greatest accomplishments is being recognized by her peers as a hands-on thought leader, galvanizing cross-functional teams to give it their all and perform at their best.
Kerry is without question a heartfelt believer in Nelson Henderson's quote, "the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit." And, she derives a great deal of personal happiness from giving back. She took a time out to address a glaring social injustice — inequitable access to mental health care and an alarming increase in suicide rates -- taking her case all the way to the FDA.
Kerry is a certified as a Scrum Master by the Scrum Alliance. She holds a Master's Degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy with an Emphasis in Human Services, Labor and Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with Distinction from the University of California, San Diego.
She is very active on LinkedIn so link up with her.