Evening Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Gregory W. Slayton - “From Silicon Valley to Bermuda"Register Now
Topic: “From Silicon Valley to Bermuda: Pressing On To Make A Difference”
Bio: The Hon. Gregory W. Slayton has a unique background, combining a business track record along with great communication skills. He is also the quintessential Christian difference-maker, working through his family foundation (Slayton Family foundation), the Fellowship of Fathers Foundation and a director of other non-profit and for-profit organizations. He brings his customary energy to all his ministry and business endeavours.
Mr. Slayton is a former US Chief of Mission (aka US Ambassador), successful Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, best-selling author and high tech CEO and adjunct professor at top universities in the US and China.
Over the past five years, he has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Adjunct Professor and/or Lecturing Professor at Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Beida (Peking University), UIBE (Beijing) and Szechuan University (Chengdu). He primarily teaches at the graduate business school level and specializes in Entrepreneurial Management, Becoming a Global Manager, Leadership and Management, and Management of High Growth Companies.
Mr. Slayton’s love for China stems from the fact that he was abandoned by his father – and quasi-adopted by a Chinese/American family. He and his Chinese brother first visited China in 1983 – and he now devotes 10% of his time to teaching at prestigious universities in China.
Before becoming the United States’ Chief of Mission to Bermuda, Mr. Slayton was the Managing Director of Slayton Capital, a private venture capital firm with offices in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley which he restarted upon his return from Bermuda. Mr. Slayton served on the Board of Advisors of Google, Salesforce.com and Oakley Networks. Prior to forming Slayton Capital, Mr. Slayton turned around, as CEO, of a number high tech companies including Paragraph International and MySoftware. Mr. Slayton also served in senior executive roles in a number of Fortune 200 companies, including Paramount Studios – and with McKinsey and Company in Europe, South America and North America.
Harvard Business School has written a number of case studies on Mr. Slayton’s work in Silicon Valley. Po Bronson, in his best-selling “Nudist on the Night Shift," devoted a chapter to Mr. Slayton’s business style which “takes gung-ho to a whole new level.” The Wall Street Journal entitled a feature article on Mr. Slayton’s management successes “Silicon Valley Hybrid: A Boss Who Makes Others’ Ideas Pay Off.” And Time magazine put Mr. Slayton on the cover of its “GetRich.com: Inside the Secrets of the New Silicon Valley” issue. Mr. Slayton is also a best-selling author. (please see www.FourCenturiesOfFriendship.org and www.BeABetterDadToday.com).
Mr. Slayton graduated magna cum laude with a degree in international economics from Dartmouth College in 1981. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Asia in 1982 and completed his Masters in Asian Studies, with honors, in 1984. His Master’s Thesis: “Causes and Solutions to Poverty in East Asia” was published and quoted widely. In 1990 he graduated from Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA with honors.