Hi. My name is Lesley Mattson and I am a Director here at Peloton. I focus primarily in the Oracle – Hyperion EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) and BI (Business Intelligence) space where I play the role of a business analyst, a technical developer, a report writer, a technical lead, a project manager, and a leader of our project management office.
I went to a small liberal arts college in Upstate New York and loved school immensely, but I truly had no idea what I wanted to do after my degree. During the spring semester of my senior year, I took my first computer science class. The professor questioned whether or not to allow me, as a senior, into his 100-level class, but I promised I would work hard and would not become a nuisance with the end of school looming. Come to find out, building websites and learning the inner workings of computer programs intrigued me more than I knew could be possible. Upon graduation, I thought technology jobs were out of reach and far out of my realm of expertise, but I was lucky to find a technical role with a good mentor where I learned SQL and worked primarily in web development. Alas, I found myself in a technical role and this led me to consulting and to learning the various Hyperion technologies and solutions.
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." - Anonymous I believe that my background and school experiences have allowed me to become a bridge between the technical and human aspects of technology. Building a program or configuring software can only be completed successfully with the end user in mind. Understanding how an end user is going to use the technology, why they need it, and the benefits they will see from it are core to delivering any sort of technical solution. It is also imperative to build a relationship with your client, to realize their pain points, as well as to understand what works well for them. Keeping these things in mind, we, at Peloton, iterate through solution design and build a solution that will ultimately be useful and helpful in our clients’ day-to-day business activities.
Outside of work, I am interested in seeing the world and learning about and understanding different cultures. I spent a term in college traveling in Ecuador and Peru, where I lived with a family and saw amazing places like the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon rainforest. At a previous company, I was fortunate to spend a few months on a client engagement in Ireland where I had the opportunity to see many different areas of that beautiful country. While traveling, I can often be found behind the lens of my camera. My ideal time spent away from work is time spent exploring a new area, with a different culture, taking as many pictures as humanly possible, and always trying to speak at least a few words of the local language. Have you ever tried to say “thank you” to someone in Czech? It’s not as easy as you may think!
My formal education is from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Media and Society. I was a four-year member of the diving team and briefly held the school and pool record in 3-meter diving.