Tammy Smith, Brigadier General of the U.S. Army Reserve

[53 min 15 sec] – Tammy Smith, a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve and the first openly gay U.S. general, speaks on leadership within high-stakes environments. Gen. Smith, who spent a year of her 26-year career in Afghanistan during the war, talks about leading within chaotic environments and as a woman within a historically male-dominated organization. In her talk, Gen. Smith addresses navigating gender and role. And as an openly gay leader in the military—where “don’t ask, don’t tell” was the policy until 2011—she shares her experience of combining leadership with an open, authentic expression of self. The event was co-sponsored by Veterans at Haas, Q@Haas, and Women in Leadership (WIL). This talk was part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.