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ROCHESTER'S FIRST ALL-GIRLS PUBLIC SCHOOL
BMM-Cynthia Woolbright


















YWCP Board Member Since: 2011-12 and Fall, 2017


Current Position: YWCP Foundation Board of Directors Chair, since 2012

 

Meet Cynthia! The President of The Woolbright Group, a consulting organization that offers educational, cultural, and other not-for-profit groups' strategic advice and recommendations to assist its board and management team in raising philanthropic support. Prior to founding The Woolbright Group in 2003, she served in key administrative leadership positions at Hollins University, Smith College, University of Vermont and the University of Rochester. Cynthia also served on the Board of Trustees for the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House and on the Board of Directors of AIDS Care, Inc. She continues to serve on the YWCA Advisory Council. She also completed a term with a professional organization, Council on the Advancement and Support of Education as a member of the Industry Advisory Board. She brings to the foundation board experience in organizational development, board governance and fundraising.

 

Cynthia is the President of The Woolbright Group, a consulting organization that offers educational, cultural, and other not-for-profit groups' strategic advice and recommendations to assist its board and management team in raising philanthropic support.

 

1.      Why did you join the board at YWCP?

I joined the YWCP Board because I was asked and believed in the mission and vision. Also, it is impossible to say “no” to Laura Rebell Gross. Her passion and case for support is incredibly inspiring and motivating. She clearly got me hooked. It is an extraordinary privilege to serve these young women through board service.

 

2.      What is one of your most memorable experiences at YWCP?

Two. The first memory is opening day in August 2012 when these young women walked into the auditorium at Nazareth Hall as seventh graders, one their first day at YWCP. I don’t know who was the proudest, the student or her family. Regardless, it marked the beginning of this journey and it will always be a memorable one. Plus, we shot off a rocket on the front lawn, once the ceremony was over.

 

The other experience was this past September when I witnessed 16 juniors and senior inducted into the National Honor Society. I know most all of them and some of them for six years, watching them grow and develop. I remember the Class of 2018 individual photographs of the entering class and to see them now is quite inspirational. I also had the opportunity to speak with the parents of one of the seniors, whom I have gotten to know, and when asked where she wanted to apply to college, her mother, very proudly, said, “Columbia, Brown and Cornell, but her first choice is Brown.” I can assure you that I was very, very proud recognize the achievements of this particular student as well as others.

 

3.      What challenges does YWCP face?

Since I also serve on the YWCP Foundation Board, I can attest that enormous challenge is garnering philanthropic support from our greater community. We want to support more programs for our students and this requires financial support.  I believe we should be raising more than we currently are. A priority for us is to determine how to increase and sustain our future for these students. These young women are very deserving!

 

I also believe the other challenges to be: a) retaining and sustaining our faculty and principal; b) recruiting more young women to our school as the opportunity for success, I believe, far outweighs other options in our city. Our focus on the successes of our students should be better known in our community. So marketing is an aspect of these challenges.

 

Thank you, Cynthia, for all you have done for the students of YWCP and for your leadership as we celebrate our first Senior class!