Kathleen O’Leary

Deputy Commissioner at DLI

Kathleen O’Leary joined the Montana Department of Labor & Industry as Deputy Commissioner in February 2019. As Deputy, Kathleen advises the Commissioner and leads the Department in all upper level administrative activities such as planning, budgeting, personnel management, policy development, and communications while implementing department goals and objectives. The Department of Labor & Industry is a diverse department that exists to promote and protect the well-being of Montana’s workers, employers and citizens. It has an annual budget of over $80 million and employs over 800 employees. In her work, Kathleen partners with professional organizations, business owners, employees and elected officials to address workforce challenges and maximize opportunities across the state.

Combining a passion for volunteerism with her graduate degree (Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, MS), Kathleen facilitates training sessions for women to learn strategies on negotiating starting salaries or increases in pay. In addition, she presents workshops on healthy conflict engagement to various groups in the community.

COVID-19 has accelerated many trends one of the most important is certainly remote work. Watch as Cece Renick, Erica Mackey, and Kathleen O’Leary discuss this trend and the challenges and opportunities it presents.