Captain Tom Chaby served as an active duty US Navy SEAL for 26 years. Throughout his career, Tom spent over 12 years deployed to over 70 countries around the world leading special operations at every level. Shortly after 9/11, Captain Chaby deployed to Afghanistan leading a Task Unit of 50 SEALs and support personnel conducting special operations in support of the initial stages of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During the latter part of the critical fight in Fallujah, Tom led a Task Force of over 400 personnel conducting full spectrum special operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Earlier in his career, Tom lived in South America leading Counter Drug Operations throughout Colombia and the region.
Outside of the operational realm, Tom worked relentlessly with developing and ensuring performance optimization for the SEAL community and developing resilience for the entire 67,000 members that comprise the Special Operations community. During his five-year tenure as Deputy Commanding Officer of the SEAL Training Command and as a SEAL Instructor, Tom was integral in developing the current generation of SEAL operators. While directing the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) effort, Tom worked closely with Congress to shape programs, authorities and resources to help the entire Special Operations community build and sustain full spectrum resilience: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. At USSOCOM, Tom created a multi-year suicide prevention-working group comprised of surviving spouses and teammates to incubate de-institutionalized solutions to suicide prevention. He also worked hand-in-hand with globally recognized leaders from academia, to include Stanford University, Palo Alto University and the University of Pennsylvania developing strategies to build resilience in populations at risk for suicide. Captain Chaby’s work and results were reported in the NY Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and multiple other local publications. His efforts have directly improved operational readiness and the wellness of the force.
Tom is currently a team member of the industry leader in performance optimization, EXOS, where he helps build resilience programs. Additionally, he serves his teammates today as the Co-Executive Director for Warrior-2-Warrior (W2W) where he has developed a national level program that synchronizes full spectrum resilience to reduce veteran suicide. Captain Chaby has established himself as a leading expert in veteran resilience and suicide prevention. Tom is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and has been the keynote speaker at multiple summits focused on suicide prevention and resilience. Tom is a public speaker focusing on leadership, performance optimization and resilience. He collaborates with Fortune 500 corporations, sports teams and universities by bringing his experience and insights to help organizations grow. Tom has spoken to and worked with Bill Gates, Dennis Washington, CBRE leadership, Intuit leadership, American Medical Association (AMA) Conference, “The Ortho Biologic Institute,” Coach Saban and the University of Alabama Football Team, Coach Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees coaching staff along with dozens of other high performance organizations.