As CEO of SSA Consultants, Christel C. Slaughter, Ph.D. 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 her doctorate in systems management and organizational design from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. In 1983, Slaughter 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.
Slaughter 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 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.
She serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is chair of the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council. Slaughter became the first woman chair of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce in 1986 and serves on the state chamber board of directors and the 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.
In addition, Slaughter 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, taught a course Flores M.B.A. program as an adjunct professor. In 2010, she was inducted into the E.J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction.