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Beth Paul

President, Nazareth College

beth-paulYears in current role: 8 months

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I’ve learned that mission is the soul of what we’re doing — it is the power of purpose collectively and individually. When that purposeful drive is combined with vision, it pulls people together and into action on purpose-driven work. Mission matters. And how you set it in motion matters. Tapping into and honoring one’s life’s purpose is the most meaningful and effective motivation — for me and for each person with whom I work and interact. The integrity of mission will give you courage in times of challenge. The meaning of mission will inspire you to reach further.

What’s been your biggest success?

I have had the great privilege to lead learning communities like Nazareth College that encourage and inspire everyone to keep learning, growing, moving forward. I believe in everyone’s ability to be a continual learner and in supporting the growth and development of each person. I believe that by seeing the strengths in each other, we can pull each other up and encourage each other to make a difference in the world with inclusivity.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

My word for 2021 is emergence. Each person brings something important into the world and it is our diversity that makes us powerful. 2020 brought to light, with sharp focus, inequities that have restricted the fullness of our society’s potential for centuries. We have been given an extraordinary opportunity to question and redefine how we will live together in community. My hope — and Nazareth College’s commitment — for our Rochester community this year is to work intently together to emerge with greater equity in recovery, well-being, belonging, thriving, and renewed hope and strength.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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