Christine J. Spadafor
Boyd Gaming Corporation
Christine J. Spadafor is Chief Executive Officer of SpadaforClay Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm that she founded in 2004. The professional focus of SpadaforClay is on enterprise-wide strategy development, operational improvements, board advisory services and corporate restructurings - for both domestic and international corporations, public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, in a wide-range of positions including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and board advisor.
Ms. Spadafor has delivered significant business results in a broad spectrum of industries and geographically dispersed corporations, including health care, entertainment and media, equipment manufacturing and leasing, energy, and electronics.
Ms. Spadafor graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Master of Science degree in Physiology from Harvard School of Public Health, which included course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, she co-authored of “Monitoring the Worker for Exposure and Disease: Scientific, Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Biomarkers” published by Johns Hopkins University, with a professor in the Science and Technology core. In addition, Ms. Spadafor was a partner in three premier global management consulting firms (CSC Index, The Boston Consulting Group, AlixPartners), was an editor of The Harvard Environmental Law Review, sits on the Board of Directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation (a publicly-traded NYSE company; Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and member of the Audit Committee) and was selected by the Business Section of the American Bar Association/Direct Women as one of the top 20 female attorneys in the country with business expertise.
In addition to her educational background in science and public health, as well as working as an ICU nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ms. Spadafor served as an advisor to the United Nations in China on public health and sustainable environmental issues in third world countries.
Most recently, Ms. Spadafor 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 ages newborn to 25 years old, which was on the verge of bankruptcy. Brought in as Chief Executive Officer and against all odds, she led an innovative turnaround – more than doubled revenues; achieved year-over-year operating surpluses; developed entrepreneurial, therapeutic programs serving exponentially more children; achieved 100% compliance on annual regulatory reviews; more than doubled geographic service locations; and worked closely with six governing boards. She set the ambitious strategic growth agenda, and restructured the corporation, corporate governance and therapeutic framework model. The Ranch was selected as Nonprofit of the Year 2012-2013 by the Southern Nevada business press.
The “best practice” turnaround story was developed into a case study she teaches in the MBA curriculum at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where Ms. Spadafor participates in the Alan Smith Visiting Executive Program, teaching classes in Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector, and in Strategic Leadership focusing on board governance.
In 2015, Ms. Spadafor was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from LaRoche College in recognition of her significant contributions to society and the practical application of her expertise to philanthropic areas. In addition, the Board of Trustees selected her to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2015.