Christine Spadafor's Bio:
Christine is CEO of Spadafor Clay Group, Inc., a management consulting firm working at the intersection of strategy, operations, finance, risk management, and talent management. She serves on the Board of Directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation, a $3B NYSE-listed company, where she is the Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of Kindred at Home, a private company that is the largest provider of home care and hospice services in the US, where she is the Chair of the Compliance and Quality Committee. Christine also serves on the Advisory Board of WBUR, one of the premier National Public Radio stations in the US, as well as on two additional nonprofit boards. She is also a commentator on BBC World Service “Business Matters” global radio broadcast and podcast.
Christine was a partner in three premier global management consulting firms (CSC Index, The Boston Consulting Group, AlixPartners) and has broad experience leading transformational domestic and international engagements. In 2008, she was selected by the Business Section of the American Bar Association/Direct Women – an innovative advocacy group seeking to increase the representation of women on boards – as one of the nation’s top 20 female attorneys qualified for corporate board service. Earlier in her career, Christine served as an advisor to the United Nations in China, consulting on public health and sustainable environmental issues.
For nearly 10 years, Christine dedicated her extensive experience in financial, operational and organizational management to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – a nonprofit that serves abused, abandoned and homeless children. As CEO, she inherited a nearly bankrupt organization – and against all odds, set the ambitious growth strategy, restructured the corporation and corporate governance, and led the execution of a plan that resulted in an innovative turnaround that received national acclaim.
Christine received a JD from Harvard Law School and ScM from Harvard School of Public Health. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she co-authored a workplace health treatise published by Johns Hopkins University. She is a lecturer on Strategic Leadership in the Visiting Executive Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a frequent podcast guest and speaker at seminars and meetings addressing risk management, board governance, and “women in leadership” topics - including the Harvard Business School, international conferences sponsored by Harvard Medical School, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Young Presidents Organization. Christine has been awarded two Doctor of Humane Letters degrees – received in recognition of her professional accomplishments and lifelong contributions to vulnerable and at-risk populations.
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