Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

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Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

America’s 1st Female Combat Fighter Pilot; U.S. Senator and Representative (2015-2020); Author

“The one thing that has made my life turn out differently from what I expected is that I stopped waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect set of conditions, and the perfect answer.” – Martha McSally

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Colonel Martha E. McSally is a pioneering combat-proven leader, inspiring speaker, and celebrated author. McSally is a compelling example of overcoming adversity and fear to achieve extraordinary feats. Losing her Dad at the age of 12 and surviving sexual abuse and assault, she persevered to become the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat. McSally is a leader who passionately believes in empowering those around her by leading by example, setting vision, values, and culture, and providing opportunities to excel and achieve. Along her journey, McSally had to overcome significant obstacles including U.S. federal law prohibiting women from flying combat jets and a bureaucracy deeming her too short to fly. She persevered, continued embodying excellence, and shattered glass ceilings.

In her speeches and moderated conversations, McSally has the ability to take her lessons learned from combat, life, and athletic endeavors and enthusiastically apply them in practical, memorable experiences propelling teams to excellence. Through humor, transparency, and powerful story-telling, she brings the audience into the cockpit, behind the scenes of high-stakes leadership moments in our nation’s history, and captures hearts along the way, all while imparting actionable take-aways that can immediately empower individuals and teams.

During her 26-year military career, McSally deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning the Bronze Star and six Air Medals. As a commander of her A-10 squadron, she oversaw $500M in assets and $40M in annual resources and was responsible for ensuring her team could deploy anywhere in the world with just 24-hours’ notice. McSally was deployed to Saudi Arabia on 9/11 and became a key leader in planning and executing initial air operations in Afghanistan. With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, McSally shares invaluable first-hand insight into that fateful time in our nation’s history. As a Colonel, she was hand-picked as a key leader to stand up U.S. Africa Command from scratch, building a complex organization with limited time and resources. She then led oversight of all African continent operations, including counter-terrorism and disaster relief. This experience built on her expertise in strategic planning, process creation/improvement, knowledge management, logistics, and operations.

Colonel McSally is a values-driven trailblazer who demonstrates courage and integrity in her leadership, even when coming at a personal cost. She bravely took on the Pentagon in an 8-year battle to overturn discriminatory policies towards servicewomen deployed to Saudi Arabia—and won.

McSally knows how to build excellent teams founded in camaraderie, trust, and the ability to perform under pressure when the stakes are extremely high. She now takes these lessons from the cockpit and the skies of Afghanistan to equip your team to reach maximum potential as high performing individuals and significantly contributing teams within your organization.

McSally holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College where she graduated #1 in her class out of 261 senior military officers, and is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is the author of Dare to Fly—Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up, which motivates readers to overcome fear and adversity to achieve their full potential. McSally lives in Tucson, AZ where she enjoys hiking with her rescue Golden Retriever Boomer, running, and paragliding.

Through determination, discipline and an inspiring work ethic, McSally has run over a dozen marathons, won multiple national military triathlon championships, and completed two Ironman triathlons including the grueling Hawaii Ironman world championship where she won the women’s military division and placed 12th in the world in her age group. She also summited many peaks including Mt Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 ft) and Mt Blanc (highest in Western Europe). She is a force of nature ready to inspire your team.

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Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)’s Speech Topics

  • Cleared for Takeoff! How to overcome fear, build exceptional teams, and be agile and resilient in a turbulent world.

    COVID-19, cyber-attacks, disasters, what’s next? With so much uncertainty in the world, it has been a challenging few years to say the least. Colonel McSally is no stranger to challenges and is deeply impacting audiences through masterful storytelling and actionable takeaways to help your team thrive and succeed.


    As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat, Colonel (ret) McSally has proven she has the right stuff to survive and excel in high-pressure, high-risk, dynamic environments. This pioneering A-10 pilot is also an endurance athlete, mountain climber, and sexual assault survivor who tragically lost her father at 12. In her extraordinary life filled with triumphs, tragedies, successes and setbacks, McSally authentically inspires and more importantly shows us how to be vulnerable, persevere, overcome fear, be resilient, and soar to our full potential.


    McSally has the uncanny ability to emotionally connect with any audience. Through humor, transparency, and edge of your seat storytelling, she brings you into the A-10 cockpit for her most complex and dangerous mission and through her devastating traumas that are all too common. McSally’s raw approach connects people with their own fears and trials and provides a realistic and optimistic flight plan to build courage, trusted teams, and a resilient mindset.


    In this awe-inspiring program, Colonel McSally equips your team with step-by-step guidance to choose courage, create a “wingman” mentality, and have a mindset of agility to overcome adversities and succeed in an uncertain world.

What other organizations say about Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

Martha has an uncanny ability to emotionally connect with any audience and deeply impacted our gathering of hard-charging entrepreneurs with actionable transformational takeaways for their lives and businesses.

Business Conferences / Audiences

What other organizations say about Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

By the time we finished Martha’s presentation, it was evident what type of skills and psychology is needed to succeed. Martha was able to demonstrate how to succeed despite any circumstances or what life might throw at you. She painted a picture of what success looks like and how all of us can continue building character to get there. This wasn’t just a presentation but who she is.

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What other organizations say about Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

Martha crushed her keynote speech to our first national gathering of over 1000 people since COVID. Our themes were courage and mental agility and we were honored to have a pioneering combat hero like Martha deliver a powerful message that profoundly impacted so many. She naturally connects with people of all ages with relevant, compelling lessons for our business and lives.

Business Consulting

What other organizations say about Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel McSally delivered again! She is a national pioneer and combat-proven leader who shares so many actionable nuggets of wisdom in her presentations. Martha is a passionate, brilliant communicator who helped develop the next generation of leaders in this large county Sheriff’s office over the last decade. Her impact has been powerful.

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