Tom Chaby

Tom Chaby

Tom Chaby is a perfect addition to the Gold Medal team. Tom is a true American hero and a great friend of mine. When I first met Tom it was evident that our morals, ethics, and fundamental beliefs all lined up seamlessly. Both having the honor to represent our country, we know what it takes to be part of something much bigger than ourselves. Today, it is our life’s mission to inspire and mentor individuals and teams to be the best they can be. We believe that there is greatness in everyone, sometimes you just need someone to show you that the impossible becomes possible when you BELIEVE.

Captain Tom Chaby has been an active duty US Navy SEAL for 26 years. Throughout his career, Tom has led special operations at every level in over 70 countries around the world. 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 most 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. Captain Chaby’s operational experience has been extensive, diverse and extremely effective.

Outside of the operational realm, Tom has worked relentlessly with developing and ensuring performance optimization for the SEAL community and developing holistic resiliency for the entire 67,000 members that comprise the Special Operations community. During five years of being the Deputy Commanding Officer of the SEAL Training Command and a SEAL Instructor, Tom was integral in creating the current generation of SEAL operators. While directing the Preservation of the Force and Family effort, Tom helped shape programs, authorities and resources to help the entire Special Operations community build and sustain resiliency in four domains: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. His efforts have significantly improved operational readiness and the well-being of his teammates.

Over the past four years, Captain Chaby has been collaborating with dozens of corporate leadership and sports teams, providing value to organizations by bringing his extensive experience and insights through speaking engagements and full spectrum consulting. Some of Captain Chaby’s talks include: Leadership in Chaos, Embracing Disruption; The Art of Relevance; Handling Pressure, the most important SKILL when it matters most; Failure is not an option; Setting the Conditions for Success, creating a culture of change; and Full Spectrum Resiliency and how it improves your bottom line. Tom has spoken to Bill Gates, Dennis Washington, CBRE leadership, American Medical Association, Intuit leadership, Coach Saban and the University of Alabama Football Team, Coach Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees coaching staff and dozens of other high performance organizations.

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Captain Chaby has eight dynamic presentations that provide the foundation to custom design his content to best meet your requirements for success. Whether you are looking to develop a program from the ground up or simply enhance an already existing capability, Tom can help capture opportunities to help take you and your organization to the next level of success and beyond.

Tom and Vice President Joe Biden


As leaders, we constantly talk about aligning objectives, situational awareness, dealing with ambiguity, and adapting to unpredictable conditions. Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer, talks about the reality of developing and training the very best of our military's special operators to be successful in situations where the environments are all but guaranteed to be dynamic and disrupted, with deadly serious implications possible. While failure in your environment may not result in the consequences faced by our military special operators, you can draw on lessons from them on how to lead successfully in fast-moving, hyper-dynamic conditions with limited predictability. Join us and learn how to change your team into one that not only can handle the challenges of chaos, but learn strategies to embrace disruption and use it to your advantage.

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The ability to handle pressure is often the difference between success and failure and at times it can even be the difference between life and death. Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer, talks about handling pressure and performing at your highest level when it matters most. Learn how Navy SEALs prepare their warriors to dominate under the most daunting pressure imaginable. Learn how a simple perceptual change can shift you from being a "choker" to someone who excels under pressure. If your organization is committed to improving your bottom line results, pressure will undoubtedly increase. Join us so you can develop the necessary tools to help take your organization to the highest levels of success possible.

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Tom and University of Georgia Head Coach, Kirby Smart

Tom's TEDx Youth Talk at IMG Academy


Have you ever truly been part of something where failure, was not an option? Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer, talks about what it takes to ensure mission success in the most difficult conditions imaginable while preventing injury and death. In this presentation, you will be exposed to everything from the SEAL culture to the unique leadership principle “teamability.” Join us and learn that when failure is not an option, the possibilities of success become limitless.

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Creating change is easier said than done. If it were easy, everyone would be zeroing in on perfection. Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer, talks about how his community creates change. He will share his experience conducting special operations in over 60 countries around the world. He will explain how SEALs prepare for combat and some of the unique leadership features of this elite organization. Join us and learn how your organization can leverage these simple principles and immediately begin down the road to success.

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Tom at Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp (English and Spanish talks)

U.S. Navy SEAL training


The USA has the most impressive medical system in the world. We can respond to any medical challenge with state of the art equipment and techniques. How good are we at prevention and encouraging wellness? Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer and the Director of United States Special Operations Command Preservation of the Force and Family, talks about how special operations has built a system of prevention that is helping special operators prepare for and navigate physical, psychological and social challenges. This effort is significantly improving operational readiness while reducing costs. These same principles can be “game changing” for you, when applied to your organization.

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Have you ever felt fully empowered, fully part of the solution? Captain Tom Chaby, an active duty US Navy SEAL officer, talks about the importance of relevance to success in special operations. Join us and learn how, relevance, can improve your organizations morale, effectiveness and level of success.

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Tom coaching youth sports

Captain Tom Chaby in active duty


Captain Tom Chaby looks back at his lessons learned over his 26 year career as a Navy SEAL. Tom captivates the audience with his unique insights to performance optimization, leadership, being a better follower, and resilience. Tom constructs his remarks as if he is giving himself advice back when he was in High School. Captain Chaby’s reflective journey in time combined with his amazingly compelling delivery; provide the perfect vehicle to motivate positive change in your organization.

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Your organization selects one of your leaders to interview Captain Chaby in front of your team (up on a stage is ideal). The setting is informal, typically two comfortable chairs with coffee or water. The questions are designed by your organization with Captain Chaby to focus on your team’s vision, challenges and goals and to ultimately compel action. This collaborative adventure routinely results in subtle messaging that becomes a game-changer for success.

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Captain Tom Chaby in active duty