Martha Grinnell ’85

Realtor and Founder of Martha Grinnell Multisport Coaching

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

Always remember that your actions, body language, energy and words have influence on others at all times. You have the opportunity and the privilege of being a role model in any moment and in all interactions. One encouraging statement to a girl, young woman or adult female can positively influence her for a lifetime.

Tell us about a woman who is your hero and why?

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first women’s Olympic Games Marathon in 1984. She was my role model when I started running as a young girl in the early 80s and the reason that stuck with it—through the good and difficult times. I not only admired her consistency in producing impressive marathon times that are still up there with the best (even with all of today’s advances in technology and nutrition), but also her humbleness, grit and determined training ethic. I learned that women can be kind AND fierce in work, athletics and in life.

What do you think is next for women in your professional field?

I think we are going to start seeing more female leaders as well as more women supporting and working for women.

What motivates you in your work and life?

I thrive on continual challenge and growth, although I never realize it until I’ve pushed through the process of that challenge. I’ve stepped into scary and unfamiliar territory (in my athletic, academic, personal and career arenas) several times and often said to myself, “I just can’t do this,” only to stick with and and realize that I could! It’s the most empowering and self-fulfilling gift that one can give to herself!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My sister recently texted me this as a response to my call for help when I was trying to juggle several balls in the air with my coaching and real estate careers: “You can do this Martha. Things will balance out. One day at a time. Enjoy all the little moments and better this than boredom. You are a popular, capable women growing into all of your capacities.”