Meet the facilitators

Julio Melara

Founder and CEO of the Business Report Leadership Academy

Julio Melara is President & Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Business, Inc., a multimedia company which publishes several magazines and digital products such as the Baton Rouge Business Report, Daily Report, InRegister Magazine, 225 Magazine, LA NEXT Magazine and several more. He is passionate about helping people and organizations seize their full potential. He has been training and helping individuals grow since 1996. He is the author of several books, Do You Have Time for Success?, It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!, Keys to Performance, and Mental Snacks – Nourishment for Your Mind and Fuel for Your Life!

Christel Slaughter


Dr. Christel Slaughter is a partner at SSA Consultants, and for nearly 30 years, she has led organizational change and planning efforts for hundreds of clients across the United States in the private and public sectors.

Some of her work includes leading the cultural organization transformation of a publicly traded community bank; designing and implementing an award-winning customer service program for a large health care institution; leading an ongoing organizational development, design and build-out of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network; and designing integration strategies for the State of Louisiana’s multibillion-dollar coastal protection and restoration efforts.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a doctorate degree in systems management and organizational design from LSU, and while preparing for her doctorate, the Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium selected Christel as one of the top 35 doctoral students in the nation.

William S. Slaughter

phd, mba/partner

Founder and President of SSA Consultants, Dr. William “Bill” Slaughter has helped guide the transformation and strategic direction of both public and private sector clients over the past 44 years.  He is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong client relationships, a passion for building outstanding client teams and a disciplined focus on operations and execution.  Widely recognized as an innovative executive, Dr. Slaughter’s institutional knowledge and exceptional leadership skills bring significant value to complex client engagements.

Dr. Slaughter provides his expertise to clients through strategic planning, cultural transformation and integration, and development of effective management teams.  He has applied his experience in facilitation, executive coaching and counseling, and development of effective management skills to successfully guide both small and large organizations along the path to successful and sustainable growth.

Dr. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as well as a Master of Business Administration and doctorate in management from Louisiana State University.