Kelley Cornish Slaughter is the First Lady of Second Baptist Church  where she faithfully serves with her husband Douglas Slaughter. She has over 20 years of teaching, facilitation, speaking, and church leadership and serves as the Women’s Ministry Leader, Women of Purpose, and Bible teacher.  Trained as a Chaplain, she leads classes for women at Second Baptist and is dedicated to addressing the needs of women and children, social justice, and women’s philanthropy.


Kelley also serves as a diversity and inclusion executive and strategist in corporate America.  Her leadership gifts and talents have been recognized most recently as one of the Most Influential Women In Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, by the Network Journal as one of the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business, and she was a recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award by the National Congress of Black Women. Kelley was acknowledged for her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career by receiving the Career Mastered Award and has been recognized as a member of the top team of distinction for the American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking Award, and as a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Peirce College for the City of Philadelphia.


Kelley is a certified first responder Chaplain, a Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) by Cornell University and has completed executive course work at the Harvard Kennedy School in strategies for leading and building diverse organizations. Kelley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina – Aiken in Business Administration and her Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University. She serves as a member of the Umoja Village Task Force in Aiken, SC, and as a member of the People and Leadership Committee for BAYADA in greater Philadelphia, PA.


Living her best life, Kelley stands on and diligently pursues the verse, “….When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Luke 12:48