Founding Director/Executive Director, Leadership America
Named Founding Director of the Foundation for Women’s Resources (FWR) in 1982, Farmer translated the FWR’s vision and commitment to expanded roles for women in leadership into the development of the nationally acclaimed programs, Leadership Texas and Leadership America. In addition, she consulted in the creation of women’s leadership programs across the nation including Leadership California and similar programs in Birmingham, AL; Illinois; Kentucky; Missouri; and Washington, D.C. In addition, Farmer worked with the late Adrienne Hall of Los Angeles to develop initiatives that resulted in the creation of the International Women’s Forum.
From 2000-2009, as President of Martha P. Farmer & Associates, Inc., Farmer provided consultation to a national client base that included A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans; KLRU public television, Austin; College of Communications, University of Texas; The American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia; and, United Ways of Texas.
As a founding member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Farmer consulted in the development of this 15-year-old leadership program for the nation’s top executive nurse leaders. She is a Founding Consultant to The Women’s Museum, served as National Director of The Museum’s original capital campaign and as a National Consultant following The Museum’s opening in 2000.
In 2009, Farmer was asked to assume her original role as Leadership America’s Executive Director. In early 2012, she returned Leadership America to its founding organization, Women’s Resources, now known as Leadership Women, and she continues to serve as the program’s Founding Director/Executive Director.
Her commitment to volunteer service and leadership extends to regional and national roles. Ms. Farmer’s longtime interest in mental health issues is reflected in her past service and volunteer commitments to the North Carolina Mental Health Association and in her board member roles at Austin State School in Texas, and the Kentucky Mental Health Association. She has served as a Trustee the Foundation of the Presbyterian Church, USA, and on the Advisory Boards of Women Leading Kentucky and The Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees, Presbyterian Heritage Center; and, a Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church, USA. Farmer is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lexington, KY, and a member of the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.