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Major General Mary Saunders

2016 Speaker

MAJOR GENERAL MARY SAUNDERS is the current executive director of the Leadership Institute at Texas Woman’s University.  Here, she is charged with developing and leading TWU’s Leadership Institute with three core components including: leadership development; health and wellness and economic security. Previously, she was the vice director for the Defense Logistics Agency, with a workforce of over 22,000 military and civilian personnel located both overseas and in 48 states in the United States. Two years earlier, she served in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon where she was the second female African American in the Air Force selected to the rank of general, and as the first female general officer selected as the director of transportation for the Air Force. In 2012, Maj, Gen. Saunders was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. On April 30, 2015, she was one of six recipients of the Maura Women Helping Women award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Two leadership awards have been named in Maj. Gen. Saunders’ honor and are presented annually.  The Excellence in Leadership Award Scholarship is presented to a Federal Civil Servant Employee, and the Air Force Logistics Officers Association Chapter Distinguished Service Award. Maj. Gen. Saunders earned a B.S. in social work from Texas Woman’s University and an M.S. in guidance and counseling from Rider University.  She attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.  She completed the National Security Leadership Course at John Hopkins University and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. @twuleadership