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Myra Henry

President/CEO, YWCA Rochester & Monroe County

myra-henryYears in current role: 2 months

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

I believe the most important conversation is the one we have with ourselves first. As a life-long learner, I have learned that it is most important to make time for critical self-reflection, courage in exploring new ideas that challenge my worldview and a commitment to cultural humility and grace in working with others. My personal philosophy of change requires that I stand in my own truth while walking toward my purpose as a leader.

What’s been your biggest success?

From an organizational development equity, diversity and inclusion perspective, my greatest success has been in developing and leading action-oriented diversity and inclusion committees and counsels that have impacted real change. I feel that my proven success provides a strong foundation for my new role as president and CEO of YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County, an organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. I am looking forward to applying my skill set as a partner to other local organizations committed to affecting real change in the fight for equity for all.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

As president and CEO of YWCA, my hope for our community is one of collaboration and action in the fight to dismantle institutional and systemic barriers to equity and social justice. I believe our critical services for women and families make YWCA uniquely positioned to partner with other local organizations working hard in the fight for equity for all. I believe that our community has a collective power and I am hopeful we can work together to channel that commitment for real and lasting change.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I enjoy time with family, reading, long walks and Netflix.

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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