Scotty and Tiffany Smiley on overcoming adversity

Scotty and Tiffany Smiley discuss overcoming adversity after being wounded in Iraq.

Major (Ret.) Scotty Smiley became the first blind active-duty officer in military history following a face-to-face confrontation with a suicide car bomber in Iraq in 2005. His advice? Always choose the harder right, over the easier wrong.

A West Point graduate, Scotty returned there to teach after he earned an MBA from Duke University.  Following a position in the Gonzaga University ROTC Department, he retired from the military in 2015.

Scotty wrote his book Hope Unseen about his journey through overcoming adversity and now travels the country sharing his message of perseverance, courage, and hope.

Scotty worked as an advisement banker at Drexel Hamilton and is a regular guest on news networks such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. He is now Chief Executive Officer at Bellator Asset Management LLC.

Tiffany Smiley advocates for veterans by working with politicians, lobbyists, and the President. She has been featured on CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, Dr. Phil, Fox News, Katie Couric Show, People Magazine, USA Today, WSJ. Previously, she was a triage nurse and other health professional roles. She is also the CEO & Founder of Tiffany Smiley Consulting.

Organized by America’s Warrior Partnership, the Warrior Community Integration Symposium is an opportunity to share best practices, find innovative solutions, and form new collaborative partnerships to better help the veterans in their communities address the work challenges they sometimes encounter when making the transition to civilian life. 

WorkingNation set up its cameras at the Symposium and interviewed the speakers and attendees about the important issue of helping veterans deal with workforce challenges. You can follow the conversation on our social media under the hashtag #WorkingNationOverheard.

Read more about the event here.