Tanya M. Smith is the Founder & CEO of Life In Quarters, LLC a Leadership Development
Ms. Smith honorably retired from the US Army in November 2016 after 24 years of total
service. She began her military career as an Army Reserve Radiologic Technician. Wanting
to experience the Army on a full-time basis, she resigned from her position as Acting
Director for New Jersey’s largest residential facility for male juvenile delinquents.
She then enlisted as a Cryptologic Linguist and graduated with Honors from the Spanish
Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in
She successfully served in both traditional and nontraditional Army leadership positions.
Her station assignments include Fort Drum, New York, Fort Meade, Maryland, Fort Hood,
Texas, and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), Monterey,
California. She deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq in support of peacekeeping
and combat operations.
Ms. Smith’s civilian education includes Associate degrees in Spanish, Intelligence
Studies, and Applied Science, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, and a Master of Arts in
Organizational Leadership. She has also completed the University of Pennsylvania’s
Master Resiliency Trainer Certificate program and Cornell’s Executive Leadership Certificate
programs in High Performance Leadership and Executive Leadership.
Her combined civilian experience and years of service to the nation have provided
her invaluable opportunities to see and understand the world from unique perspectives.
These experiences have contributed to her ability to develop effective leaders and
enhance organizational growth. As a life-long learner with a passion for adding value
to organizations and individuals, she also became a certified speaker, coach and trainer
with the John Maxwell Team.
Traveling and reading are her two most enjoyed activities.