LIFT Speaking Theme:

"Building Connections: The Key to Leadership"

Dr. Mary L. Bartlett is Professor of Leadership Psychology for the Air University Leadership Institute, and the Leadership Department at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Her expertise encompasses a range of psychological factors affecting service members, and her primary focus is leveraging her knowledge in social sciences in all Professional Military Education and professional development programs across the Air Force. Dr. Bartlett teaches courses on leadership development and the psychology of leadership with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, resilience, and suicide prevention in military command settings.


Her areas of research are suicide and resilience of which she is well published. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Family Life Educator, and has extensive teaching and clinical experience in both military and civilian sectors. She has served as a mental health consultant, trainer, and speaker at the Department of Defense level for more than ten years. As an international speaker, she has trained senior leaders and their staffs including the CSAF, CMSAF, PACAF, NAVCSTA, Reserve Affairs, 3rd Ranger Battalion, and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to both the Joint Chiefs and the Assistant Secretary of Defense. Dr. Bartlett is passionate in her commitment to changing and saving lives and educating military professionals of all ranks and career phases about the role of leaders in fostering resilience in their organizations. She is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now living in Montgomery, Alabama.