Kenilworth’s Heather Martin takes philanthropy to heart. She serves on the Joffrey Women’s board; the Auxiliary Board of Rush University Medical Center; and she and her daughter support the National Charity League which promotes mother/daughter bonding while volunteering in the community. Martin took time away from her busy philanthropic schedule to share how she stays current in a busy world.
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“Reading is one of my passions and I enjoy a variety of genres. I loved The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel shows how Gilead was formed and ultimately dissolved using a character who was the primary antagonist in the series but reveals herself as a protagonist in the sequel. I also recently finished The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. The book tells inspiring stories showing how women who empower other women can change the world … even in extremely dire circumstances. I am currently reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Talking to Strangers, which is a fascinating read about miscommunication historically and today. As with his other books, Gladwell is a tremendous storyteller and reminds us how misreading others historically has shaped some of our world’s most significant events.”
IN HER EARBUDS
“My husband and I share a passion for music. In fact, all three of our children have musical middle names reflecting songs or artists we love. For long runs, I listen to classic rock and my husband, Sean, created a great California mix for our annual run in Big Sur up the Pacific Coast Highway to Carmel. My favorite current contemporary artists are Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 (love their new song “Memories”).”
ON HER MOBILE
“Our family loves to travel so I follow a lot of travel sites online. Some of my favorites are Travel + Leisure, Abercrombie & Kent, Suitcase, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, and Goop. I love planning our travel and learning about lesser-known travel destinations, undiscovered adventures, and hot new hotels. I also follow our children’s colleges (University of Michigan and University of Southern California), and high school (Lake Forest Academy). The schools are really good at utilizing social media to publicize events on campus and I often know what is happening on campus before our children do. I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal online and follow CNN for daily news. I also follow too many fashion, home, and interior design sites to mention. The pictures are like eye candy in my feed.”