Gregory W. Slayton

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Gregory Winston Slayton
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BornOhio, U.S.A.
ResidenceDallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Alma materDartmouth College (Economics); University of the Philippines (MA as US Fulbright Scholar to Asia); Harvard Business School (MBA).
OccupationProfessor, diplomat, author, businessman, and philanthropist
EmployerSlayton Capital
TermAugust 15, 2005—August 15, 2009
Spouse(s)Marina I. Slayton

Gregory Winston Slayton is an American author, diplomat, professor, businessman, and philanthropist.

Born in Ohio, Slayton now resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and children. After graduating from Dartmouth College magna cum laude in 1981 Slayton was a Fulbright Scholar to Asia - earning a Masters in Asia Studies in 1982 from the University of the Philippines. He then ran regional programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America for international non-profits such as World Vision International. In 1990 he graduated with honors from the Harvard Business School. His most recent book "Be A Better Dad Today!" was published by Regal Publishing for Father's Day 2012; as of 2017, there are over 250,000 copies in print across 20 countries.[1][2]


Slayton was born in Ohio, U.S.A.

Slayton graduated with a degree in economics (magna cum laude) from Dartmouth College.[3] As a Fulbright Scholar to Asia he earned a Masters in Asian Studies and then, at Harvard Business School, a Master of Business Administration degree in 1990. Both master's degrees were conferred with honors.[4]

Business career[edit]

In his 20s, Slayton worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America managing micro-credit and economic development programs for the poor, and learning four languages in addition to English.[5] Slayton worked in Asia for two years running an orphanage for street children in Manila. He then worked for three years in West Africa for World Vision International where he started as a program economist and ended as a regional manager. Slayton also worked for two years in South America promoting micro-credit programs for the poor.

In his early 30s after earning his MBA from HBS, he worked for four years with McKinsey and Company in Europe, South America and the U. S., before joining Paramount Pictures as director of its Silicon Valley technology arm.[6]

After leading a number of well-publicized high tech Silicon Valley turnarounds,[7][8] he founded Slayton Capital, a private venture capital firm with offices in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. Slayton has served on the boards of a number of well-known high tech leaders, including the board of advisers of Google.[4]

Slayton’s management style has been featured in a number of national publications over the years.[7] The Wall Street Journal of October 26, 1999, featured Slayton in "Silicon Valley Hybrid: A Boss Who Makes Others’ Ideas Pay Off." On September 27, 1999, he was pictured with other entrepreneurs on Time Magazine's cover story, " Inside the Secrets of the New Silicon Valley."[9][10] A number of Harvard Business School case studies have been written about his work in Silicon Valley.[7]

Slayton has also served as a National Finance Co-Chairman for a number of US Senators including Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, John McCain and South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune.[11]

U.S. Consul General to Bermuda[edit]

Congressman Charles Rangel Bermuda bestseller written by Marina and Gregory Slayton

Slayton was appointed U.S. Consul General to Bermuda by United States President George W. Bush. He was sworn in by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on August 15, 2005.[4] The Consul General is the senior U.S. diplomat to Bermuda, a British overseas territory.[12]

Under Slayton, the Mission developed new services including internet consular services, a Press Affairs Office and an Economic/Commercial Office.[13] Slayton also initiated an annual spring "State Visit" for Bermuda government officials to meet in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. President and congressional leaders.[13]

Under Slayton’s leadership, the US Mission to Bermuda created an annual VolVis program to bring Bermudian non-profit leaders together with their US counterparts to map out a strategic plan for the island's economic future.[14]

Slayton's service was extended twice by the Obama Administration.[13] He completed his term of service on August 15, 2009–exactly four years to the day from his swearing in by Condoleezza Rice.[13] He was the youngest U.S. Principal Officer to serve in Bermuda in the modern era.[13]

On April 21, 2010, members of the Congressional Black Caucus recognized his diplomatic service with the Distinguished Foreign Service Award in a Capitol Hill ceremony.[13] Slayton was the first Republican Principal Officer appointee in history to receive the award from the Congressional Black Caucus.[13] Congresswoman Diane Watson and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, members of the Black Caucus, presented the award. Senators John McCain, Sam Brownback, and Susan Collins were also on hand.[13]

Dr. Ewart Brown, Premier of Bermuda, credited Slayton with significantly contributing to a marked improvement in US/Bermuda relations during his tenure. He stated, "U.S./Bermuda relations are as good or better than they have been in many years–and we owe that in large part to the hard work, diplomatic skill and sheer perseverance of our friend Gregory Slayton."[15]


Slayton and his wife, Marina, founded the Fellowship of Fathers Foundation in 2012. FoFF exists to strengthen fathers, family and faith in the United States and around the world. The majority of the foundation's focus is in Asia, via its wholly owned subsidiary, Family First Asia. In 2017, FoFF/FFA will serve over 2 million families (mostly in East Asia) through a range of TV and radio programs, publications, speeches, conferences, seminars, internet resources, fellowship groups, and other outreach programs.[16][17]

To date, the Fellowship of Fathers Foundation has released three major publications. The international bestseller "Be a Better Dad Today" was published by Regal Publishing for Father's Day 2012; as of 2017, there are over 250,000 copies in print across 20 countries.[18] "Be the Best Mom You Can Be", a practical guide to raising whole children in a broken generation, was released in 2015 by Thomas Nelson Publishing.[19] In 2017, Slayton and co-author Steven S.K. Chan released "Maximum Marriage" - based on decades of research and personal experience, this book provides the tools to help transform any marriage to reflect what God intended in His original plan. 100% of their profits are given to charities supporting fatherhood, family and faith.[20]

The Slaytons also co-authored "Four Centuries of Friendship: US/Bermuda Relations from 1609–2009" in honor of the 400th anniversary of Bermuda's discovery in 1609. The book became a Bermuda best seller and is in its second printing, the Slaytons dedicated all proceeds to local Bermuda charities.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Slayton resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Marina, and their four children.[22]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ a b "Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship: The Center Team". Retrieved November 18, 2010.
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  6. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Ratnesar, Romesh (September 27, 1999). "The Republican: George W.'s Ambassador". TIME. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Gregory Slayton". Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "WSJ A Boss Who Makes Others' Ideas Pay Off". Wall Street Journal. October 26, 1999. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "TIME Magazine Cover: The New Silicon Valley". September 27, 1999. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  11. ^ Bolduc, Brian (2011-02-25) Why Thune Didn’t Run, National Review
  12. ^ "New US Consul sworn in by Condoleezza Rice". August 31, 2005. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Congressional Black Caucus Gregory Slayton Bermuda Consul". April 23, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  14. ^ "VolVis, another incomparable experience for Bermudians". November 26, 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  15. ^ "Congressional Black Caucus Gregory Slayton Bermuda Consul". April 23, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
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  21. ^ "Slayton to depart Bermuda on August 15th on fourth anniversary of his swearing in". August 10/09. Retrieved November 19, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ "Gregory W. Slayton". American Action Network. February 21, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.

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