Glencoe’s Ginny Burnstine wears many hats. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Settlement where she recently contributed to the launch of Family Cares—the new mental health counseling program for children and families. She also serves on the Humanitarian Awards Committee for UNICEF USA Chicago and after raising her two teenage sons is considering a career re-entry. Her new career interest focuses on developing strategies for prevention, education, and the care of children who have experienced developmental trauma and toxic stress. Here is how this conscientious powerhouse stays on trend.
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. The book illuminates her work as a scientist and a pediatrician. It delivers the harsh reality of the profound effect of adverse childhood experiences—such as abuse, neglect, poverty, addiction, and community violence—and offers healing solutions. Also on my nightstand, are Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War by Stanley Meisler and Educated by Tara Westover. The former is about one of the UN’s most admired Secretary-Generals and is an honest look at the operations of the United Nations.”
ON HER MOBILE
“When I wake in the morning, I meditate and listen to Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple for a gentle guided meditation. Then I read Simple Reminders by McGill Media on topics of personal empowerment, spiritual and emotional wellbeing, and healthy lifestyle. I also follow The New York Times, the BBC, and PBS NewsHour online. I love learning new things and being inspired by others so I enjoy TED Talks. Finally, I follow Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child to learn more about childhood brain development and current research and programs.”
IN HER EARBUDS
“My mother was a classically trained opera singer and my dad loved jazz so I grew up listening to an eclectic mix of music. Currently, I listen to Sleeping At Last which has a very ethereal and inspirational sound that makes me feel serene and happy. James Arthur, Alicia Keys, and James Bay rock my soul. Coldplay, Pink, and Imagine Dragons make me feel energized and empowered. Always having had an affinity for classical music, I enjoy Paul Cardall on piano and the perfection of Yo-Yo Ma on cello.”