The Pacific Business Times recognizes County of Santa Barbara Employees’ University Director Dr. Leonie Mattison as one of the 40 best and brightest transformational leaders under 40 years old.
Dr. Leonie Mattison is Director of Organizational Transformation and Leadership in the Santa Barbara County’s Human Resources Department (SBCHR). Dr. Mattison is responsible for cultivating a culture of learning through organizational development and employee training.
In 2017, the COSB embarked on Renew ‘22, a multi‐year strategy to transform Santa Barbara County government by the year 2022.Most recently, that has meant launching new HR led culture shift initiatives such as Civil Treatment for Leaders training and Passport to Public Service in Paradise program. Favorite parts of her job include engaging with employees and collaborating with community members to help meet their needs.
“HR is very committed to PEOPLE (Positively Empowering Our People to Lead with Enthusiasm) and my boss is supportive of me being involved in the community as well,” she said. Dr. Mattison also serves as an adjunct Professor at Antioch University for their MBA program and a facilitator in the School of Extended Learning at Santa Barbara City College. Meanwhile, she serves at-risk youth as a board member for Goleta nonprofit leadership development organization A Different Point of View and has been a guest speaker and mentor at Westmont college.
Prior to overhauling leadership development programs at the county of Santa Barbara, Dr. Mattison demonstrated the true definition of a transformational leader by virtue of helping Sansum Diabetes Research Institute secure its first seed funding from Eli Lilly for the implementation of Mil Familias.Mil Familias is an innovative ten-year initiative to improve the lives of Latino families affected by diabetes through research, education, and care. “It was a great opportunity to be part of a team who demonstrated a dedication to finding the cure for diabetes,” she said. Dr. Mattison lives and breathes transformation wherever she finds herself, be it while serving the community as a leader and member of her church, or mentoring those seeking her leadership advice.
One might be tempted to think that Dr. Leonie has had it all easy throughout her life journey, especially with the way she confidently uses her knowledge to inspire. Well, Dr. Leonie has had more than a fraction of fair share sufferings in her life. There was a time when she felt like her whole world was crumbling before her feet, times when she was a victim of abuse and harassments, heartbreaks… times where she struggled with depression, harbored suicidal thoughts and suddenly two grave illnesses hit her; stroke and Bell’s Palsy, yet she became a survivor. Today the young single mother of three is known for her indisputable speed and accuracy in helping organizations shift strategy, improve performance, and grow “revenue”.
As a result of her collective and unending knowledge on personal transformation, she has decided to support her voice by writing her own book titled ‘The Thread’. The Thread is centered on reformative thinking, it aims at helping billions of people transform their lives.
The Thread which is scheduled for launch in January 2019, on the appointed day, readers will learn the most efficient and effective steps for transforming the good, the bad, and in between of their life experiences into an extraordinary flourish. But more than rumbles and escapades, Leonie will show you how to: 1) TAKE CHARGE of your faith. 2) BOUNCE OFF self-defeating beliefs and habits. 3) SPRINT FORWARD into your purpose. 4) EMBRACE YOUR joyful freedom.
Leonie is the first Jamaican named to this exclusive “40 Under 40” winners list. She was selected for her extraordinary and strong contributions in higher education, clinical research, and public service. She was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica West Indies and gained numerous academic achievements including a Doctorate degree in organizational leadership at Argosy University in Pittsburgh. She also bagged an MBA at the Georgian Court University Lakewood.
ABOUT THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA
The County of Santa Barbara is a dynamic government agency that is dedicated to providing excellent service to the community through its 23 different departments. Santa Barbara County’s Human Resources Department provides 4,000 plus high performing employees comprehensive HR services focused on establishing a culture of learning through workforce development, executive talent management, talent acquisition, compensation analysis, dedicated HR service teams, strategic labor and employee relations, and employee wellness. All of these operating on a budget of about 5 million dollars and 28 employees.
Visit www.countyofsb.org to discover what makes the COSB one of the best places to work.