The Honorable Gregory Winston Slayton is an American professor, diplomat, author, businessman, and philanthropist. Born in Ohio, Slayton now resides in Hanover, New Hampshire with his wife and children. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and continues to work as a venture capitalist. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at UIBE Business School in Beijing. Slayton was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Consul General and Chief of Mission to Bermuda, a position he held for four years from his swearing in by Secretary of State Rice on August 15, 2005 until August, 2009.
Gregory Slayton was extended twice by the Obama Administration, reportedly the only Bush appointed ambassador to have been thus honored. He also received the Distinguished Foreign Service Award from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the only Republican ambassador in history to have received that award from the CBC. Slayton is an angel investor via his privately held investment company Slayton Capital.
Slayton and his wife, Marina, founded the Slayton Family Foundation in 1999. They also jointly co-authored and edited the Bermuda bestseller Four Centuries of Friendship: US/Bermuda Relations 1609 – 2009 (www.FourCenturiesofFriendship.com) and donated all proceeds from the sale of the book to local Bermuda charities.
In 2012 Slayton authored “Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs” which quickly became a national best-seller in 2013 and is going into its fourth printing. With great reviews from dozens of America’s best-known dads including Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, Governors Jeb Bush and Sam Brownback and Pastors Tim Keller and Luis Palau – “Be a Better Dad Today” has also been featured multiple times on Fox and Friends, Focus on the Family radio and literally hundreds of US newspapers, radio, TV and web stories over the past year.
Be A Better Dad, Today
Professor Slayton has studied the art and practice of Fatherhood on six different continents over the past 25 years. He grew up in a difficult family environment even before his father abandoned his family. The last time he spoke with his father, Gregory was in the hospital and close to death. His dad cut short the conversation, promising to call back shortly. For 25 years, he never did. His father died in 2007, alone and in great pain. As Professor Slayton writes “he was the saddest man I have ever known.” This book seeks to help each of its readers to be the best Fathers they can be…and overcome whatever issues they may have inherited or grown up with.
Some cultures and countries do a better job affirming, guiding, and encouraging fathers. Modern American culture is sadly lacking in these areas—and we are all poorer for it. But the good news is this: good dads are made… not born. How do I know this? Because I didn’t have a real dad growing up—he was more of an absentee father at first and then completely disappeared. Maybe you also didn’t have great role models when you were young. Many of us did not. And I’ve certainly made more than my share of parenting mistakes—maybe we have that in common as well. However, I know that together, if we put our hearts, our minds, and souls into it—and with God’s help and the love and support of our families and friends—we can both become better fathers.More about Be A Better Dad Today