20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Tracy L. Leonard, 26
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Hometown: Watertown
Professional position: Recruitment Program Manager
Family: Youngest of five girls. Most family remains in the Watertown area
Education: Immaculate Heart Central School, 2004; associate’s degree, Jefferson Community College; bachelor’s degree in human development, SUNY Oswego
Community involvement: Involved with and a member of the board of directors for multiple nonprofit agencies. Participates in numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the community
Last book read: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

Tracy L. Leonard gets by on faith, family and networking.

The combination of all three cornerstones has allowed Ms. Leonard to grow into a young professional that has her sights set on high success. She said she has taken notes from her biggest influence – her father, Charles W. Leonard – because he taught her work ethic when the family operated Smiley’s Subs. She said it was working as a teenager there where she saw her father’s integrity and passion for business, something she soon developed.

“Being in college at JCC I got involved in the college community and got professional networks, and when I went to Oswego I got into the community there,” she said. “Through my work at JCC is where I met Denise Young, when she was director of community studies. It’s about taking advantage of opportunities and looking for ways to be involved. It’s about networking.”

Staying connected with the community is something Ms. Leonard said she’ll continue to do, and encourages others to do.

“I’ve grown and learned a lot from people I’ve surrounded myself with,” she said. “I surround myself with influential people who empower me. Denise has helped me see things in myself I didn’t think I could do.”

Mrs. Young is the executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.

-Rebecca Madden
[Editor's note: This is a truncated version of this story. For the full version, please see NNY Business in print or subscribe.]

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