As an ambitious CEO with big plans for making Mattingly Solutions the leading provider of workplace inclusion measurement and consulting, it can be easy to forget how far we've come. As with anyone on their DEI journey, it's important to look back from time to time and reflect on where you began, celebrate your progress, and inspire yourself to keep forging ahead. Below is a little bit of my journey founding Mattingly Solutions as a reminder of what we're all about and why being CEO is more than my job, but a calling.
I earned my PhD in Organizational Psychology to improve the human experience at work. For my dissertation, I built and evaluated a commercial training program in partnership with a global consulting firm with the purpose of training male executives to be allies and accelerate women in leadership initiatives. Working as an external consultant, I was positioned as a subject matter expert to help Fortune 100 organizations build more inclusive workplace cultures via behavior change interventions and co-creating data-driven DEI strategies and implementation plans.
In 2019, I burnt out from the consulting firm lifestyle. As a burned-out organizational psychologist, I felt like a medical doctor telling my patients not to smoke while consuming my own pack a day (note: I do not smoke, but the analogy holds).
For the first time in my adult life, I took time to be with my son and reflect on the type of career I wanted to have. I still desired to improve the human experience at work by helping organizations build inclusive workplace cultures through measurement (i.e., accountability) and fostering more inclusive behaviors--from executives down through the entire workforce. Check out the above video to see where I was at with my business in March of 2020.
I especially sought to serve underrepresented groups in the workplace by partnering with HR and DEI functions to build more equitable systems, as well as inspiring and training majority group members to leverage their privilege and status to advance DEI outcomes through allyship. With these goals in mind, I started Mattingly Solutions in August of 2019.
Since beginning this journey as a solopreneur, I've since grown our team to three co-founders, an organizational consultant, a consulting assistant, several sub-contractors, a number of amazing interns, and various partners.
Check out our growing team at https://www.mattinglysolutions.com/team
Although I am a PhD-trained and experienced organizational psychologist and consultant, I have had to learn the mechanics of running a business from scratch. It hasn't been easy, but it's certainly been worth it.
We are a proud woman-owned, woman-led business. We have served clients ranging from 40 to 50k employees across industries including retail, energy, technology, and financial services. We put out DEI thought leadership across multiple channels, with the goal of providing value and resources to our growing audience.
I feel honored and grateful everyday that I get to do this work--especially since we are building a company that values people before profit, providing a counter-example to the consulting industry that usually means working 60+ hours a week at the expense of employee well-being. We are building a zebra, not a unicorn. I love Mattingly Solutions: where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.
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