At the University of Georgia, John Mattioli (BBA ’07) learned that success in business can be achieved through putting others first. As a student in the Terry College of Business, John had the opportunity to participate in the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (LLSP), a program within the Institute for Leadership Advancement that promotes a strong servant-leader culture. Now, as partnerships and activation marketing manager at Chick-fil-A, Inc., John continues to cultivate his passion for positive influence through leadership. He also supports the development of future leaders through generous gifts to the LLSP.
“For me, [the LLSP] was the single best academic experience I had at UGA. I am inspired to give back to ensure that it continues to grow and prepare the next generation of leaders.”
John was drawn to UGA in part because of the scholarship support he was offered; he knew this financial assistance would allow him to focus less on figuring out how to pay his monthly bills and more on diversifying his educational experience through volunteering and extracurricular activities.
“I think the most important thing I did at UGA was build relationships though the various activities I took on,” John said.
As a Leonard Leadership Scholar, a member of the club Ultimate team, a Young Life leader and a study abroad participant, John solidified strong relationships that would prove to be driving forces in his future. John found himself surrounded by gifted people who inspired and encouraged him. He met his wife, Mia Catharine Mattioli (BSBE ’08), at UGA and the two are now expecting twins. He also made strong friendships while studying abroad in London that ultimately led to his career at Chick-fil-A.