Dr. Christel C. Slaughter

Dr. Christel C. Slaughter

Dr. Christel C. Slaughter

PhD

As the CEO of SSA Consultants, Christel C. Slaughter, PhD has led corporate and organizational
transformations involving strategy, growth, cultural change, and performance improvement. A
native of New Orleans, Louisiana, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and received her
Doctorate in Systems Management and Organizational Design at 25 years of age from the E.J. Ourso
College of Business at Louisiana State University. In 1983 Christel joined SSA Consultants, now a
woman‐owned management consulting and organizational development firm, and has been
instrumental in guiding the growth and diversification of the firm’s client base and service offerings.
As an organizational consultant, Christel specializes in leadership development, executive coaching,
change management, performance improvement, and strategic planning. Some of her work
includes guiding the cultural and organizational transformation of a publicly‐traded community
bank, designing and implementing an award‐winning customer service program for a large
healthcare institution, developing and conducting a diversity awareness program for a multinational
chemical company, and designing integration strategies for the state of Louisiana’s multibillion‐
dollar coastal protection and restoration efforts.

Christel has served as the principal investigator on hundreds of projects ranging from organizational
assessments to a major feasibility study to create The Water Institute of the Gulf. She is currently
leading a statewide workforce development project, Louisiana Calling, which has received national
recognition and has been awarded grants from the Bloomberg Foundation and the Louisiana
Department of Economic Development. In 2017, SSA was recognized by the Louisiana Association of
Business and Industry as the Workforce Innovator of the Year which “honors individuals and
organizations that have provided substantial innovations or contributions to workforce
development in Louisiana.”

She serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the Chair of the U.S. Chamber Small
Business Council. Christel was the first woman chair of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce in
1986 and currently serves on the state Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is
past‐Chair of the New Orleans Branch Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank, having served
on that Board for seven years. She was a torchbearer for the 1996 Summer Olympic Torch Run and in
2009 was awarded the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award of Greater Baton Rouge “which recognizes
individuals in the Greater Baton Rouge community who have devoted their professional,
philanthropic, and volunteer capacities to humanitarian service.”

In addition, Christel currently serves on the boards of Woman’s Hospital, the Franciscan
Missionaries of Our Lady University, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, and the
Louisiana Community and Technical College System Foundation. In 2009, she accepted an invitation
from the Dean of LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business to teach a course in the Flores MBA Program
as an adjunct professor in the Professional MBA program. In 2010, she was inducted into the E.J.
Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction that recognizes “individuals who make significant
contributions to business, academia, or government as well as to their community.”