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Dr. Myra Henry

President & CEO, YWCA Rochester & Monroe County

Years in current role: 1

What was your biggest success in 2021?

The health and wellbeing of my family and my agency are among my biggest successes in 2021. Programs and services delivered by the YWCA Rochester & Monroe County remained open and operational during 2021. We were able to launch new programs in housing, racial equity and young adult services that will impact the lives of many BIPOC women in our community.

What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID-19 continues to test my resilience and leadership capacity. However, during this most difficult time, I have learned how to build and maintain relationships, in several different ways, across multiple platforms. Most importantly, I have come to appreciate the re-energizing power of downtime and critical self-reflection.

What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?

Some of my favorite things about the Rochester community include the warm smiles and friendly hellos from neighbors, as we all work to shovel our driveways in the winter; the laughter of children playing in the park during the summer months; and the various activities held throughout the year in City Center, downtown for all to enjoy. Rochester is a city with lots of opportunity and a big heart. It is truly a place I am proud to call home.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at


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