Dr. Mary M. Gillam, Col (Ret), USAF

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A graduate of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Dr. Gillam, a retired Air Force Colonel and former member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) Corps with the Department of Defense at the Pentagon founded ELEMS, a management consulting firm to bridge the gap between leadership, management, and organization development. Capitalizing on over 35+ years of experience in telecommunications, leadership and management in the Department of Defense and industry, Dr. Gillam has led numerous award-winning organizations. A seasoned international keynote speaker, and a certified John Maxwell Team (JMT) speaker, coach, and trainer, Dr. Gillam parlays her ability to connect with audiences by producing and hosting her local television show, “Leadership Table Talk.”

This show is designed to help people develop and grow their leadership skills and talents. Previous episodes of this thought-provoking show can be found on You Tube.

An Amazon #1 best-selling author of 12 books, Dr. Gillam has codified her evidence-based experience into the new leadership framework, the C.O.R.E. Leadership Development Model. This easy to understand model was documented in her latest leadership book, “Gifted to Lead: 4 Steps to Releasing Your Leadership Potential.”

Using her extensive technology background, Dr. Gillam designed and created the fun, innovative, and educational board game, “The Leadership Build Zone. This game enables individuals to learn the “art of leadership” in a fun, non-threatening, and cost-saving environment.

Prior to starting her new business venture, Dr. Gillam was the president of M2G Dynamic Leadership Solutions. She was also a Senior Executive with the Department of Defense (DoD), where she served as the Director of Technology, Innovation, and Engineering. Additionally, Dr. Gillam has been a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Director of Information Technology. After military retirement, Dr. Gillam worked in private industry as a government contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the Air Force Chief Information Officer.

A scholar and strong proponent of STEM, Dr. Gillam holds a BS in Chemistry from NC A&T State University, a Masters in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University, a Masters in Computers and Information Resources from Webster University, another Masters in Management from Webster, and a PhD in Management Information Systems Technology from the University of Phoenix. Her keen interest in legislation and information technology was the impetus for her doctoral dissertation, which focused on the Impact of the Clinger-Cohen Act on Information Technology Governance. While at Georgetown, Dr. Gillam’s thesis explored the Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Federal Chief Information Security Officers Using the Competing Security Cultures Framework.

Having served as a Congressional Liaison, Dr. Gillam also holds a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown, and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Project Management from Villanova University. While serving her country, Dr. Gillam graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL.

She has been awarded multiple military and leadership awards to include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the 2015 Quantum Leap Award, 2014 50 Great Writers Award, Spirit of the American Woman Leadership Award, and the Federal Women's Executive Leadership Award.

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Check out my latest books, "How to Lead Without Alienating, Bullying, or Destroying Your Team" and "Gifted to Lead: 4 Steps to Releasing Your Leadership Potential."


Other major "Leadership" Books and Reports by Dr. Gillam.
All books are available on Amazon.

  • Exploring Challenges Facing Federal Chief Information Security Officers Using the Competing Security Cultures Framework
  • The C.O.R.E Leadership Development Model
  • 14 Jewels of Dynamic Leadership
  • Exploring the Impact of the Clinger-Cohen Act on Information Technology Governance: A Phenomenological Study
  • Information Warfare: Combating the Threat in the 21st Century