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Elaine Spaull

Executive Director, The Center for Youth

espaull_redYears in current role: 20

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

I have learned the greatest lessons from those around me including the staff and the youth we serve at The Center. I have learned that practicing humility and gratitude, compassion and courage is most important and that personal success or achievements matter less than an aggregated goodness for others.

What’s been your biggest success?

My biggest success is not personal as much as it is a reflection of a community of dreamers who continue to believe that the human spirit, despite sorrow and challenges, is resilient. But I am pleased that I have helped create an environment that encourages a generosity of spirit in my personal and professional life and that I have gathered around me good people and an energy that inspires me to greater public service.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

I have great hopes that as we strive to build a bridge to peace and justice that we begin to restore trust and graciousness where there is now a deeper divide; that we come together to uplift each other; that our attention is paid most closely to the needs of our children, for if we respond to the challenges facing them, we will find solutions for us all.

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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