Major (Retired) 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. After his injury, Scotty’s faith led him to forgive his attacker and inspired him to rebuild his life while continuing to serve his country in the U.S. Army.
A West Point graduate, he returned there to teach after he earned an MBA from Duke University. He was named the Army Times “Soldier of the Year” and won an ESPY award for “Best Outdoor Athlete.” He is the recipient of a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Army’s prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award. Following a position in the Gonzaga University ROTC Department, Scotty 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. Ever the adventurer, after the loss of his eyesight he has learned to surf, gone skydiving, climbed Mt. Denali, and became an Ironman. Scotty currently works as an investment banker at Drexel Hamilton and is a regular guest on news networks such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. He is married to his high school sweetheart Tiffany. The couple lives in their hometown of Pasco, Washington with sons Grady, Graham, and Baylor.
Each audience calls for a personalized address but some common topics include:
- The Power of Teamwork
- Overcoming the Impossible
- Finding Success in Adversity
- men’s college basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils
Scotty and Tiffany have been an inspiration to the Duke community, to Team USA Basketball, and to me personally.
- United States Senator
Scotty Smiley’s story is one all Americans should hear. It will inspire them in tough times and help them through some of the difficult challenges they face in life.
- VP at GE
Scotty’s message and story were amazing and had an extremely positive and relevant impact on not only the audience but our entire leadership team.
- Global VP of Marketing, Verdesian Life Sciences
Captain Scotty Smiley was the keynote speaker at our annual Global Meeting in January 2018. Scotty did a fantastic job of inspiring everyone that heard his story. He made it very relevant to each individual. The employee survey resulted in the highest rating we have ever had for a keynote speaker and for an overall event. Scotty is an amazing speaker and even better human being.
- Calvary Chapel Philly
We recently hosted Scotty for an event at our church and it was even better than we could have hoped for. Scotty's story and insights had everyone moved by the end of the message. The amazing thing to me as a pastor was the range of people that were blessed by the message, from parents and kids to Vets and First Responders. Scotty is the real deal and what is encouraging is to see how much the Lord is continuing to use him.
- President of the State Financial Officers Foundation
In my role I work with many keynote speakers who share amazing stories of hope and inspiration. Scotty has one of those amazing stories. Speaking from experience and hearing his story, book him for your next corporate event, you will not be disappointed.
- Amazon Headquarters
- Deloitte International
- Pepsi Co
- GE Healthcare
- Wal-Mart Leadership Academy
- Exxon Mobil
- P&G Baby Care
- 7-Eleven ELP Leadership Meeting
- USAA Financial Services Company
- AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
- Pacific Northwest Laboratories (PNNL)
- Coyote Ridge Correctional Center
- Duke University
- United States Military Academy
- Gonzaga University
- Calvin College
- Liberty University
- Mt. St. Mary College Graduation Remarks
- Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside, CA
- Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX
- Calvary Chapel (multiple locations)
- Life Austin Church, Austin, TX
- Christ Community Church, St. Charles, IL
- Carrington Charitable Foundation
- Veterans Airlift Command
- Chicago USO
- Catholic Charities
- Samaritans Lodge Alaska
- Spokane GOP
- Team USA Basketball
- Duke Basketball
- Army Basketball
- Team USA Women’s Volleyball
- U of O Women’s Basketball
- Seahawks 12th Man Flag Raiser
- Gonzaga Basketball