Success is when I add value to myself. Significance is when I add value to others.

John C. Maxwell

Hello, I’m Tanya Smith.

Speaker, Leadership, and Productivity Coach

Tanya Smith is a global speaker, trainer and High Performance Coach. She is the Founder and CEO of Life In Quarters™, a leadership and training consultancy. Tanya 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 Director for New Jersey’s largest residential facility for male juvenile delinquents.

After meeting the Spanish Linguist proficiency requirements, she served as a Silent Warrior with the Military Intelligence Branch. Being a Purposeful Leader, she was placed in both traditional and nontraditional Army leadership positions. Her exceptional leadership skills elevated the growth of Soldiers, civilians, programs and organizations. Ms. Smith’s deployment history to Bosnia- Herzegovina and Iraq were in support of peacekeeping and combat operations.

Her last position in uniform was with the US Army’s largest foreign language unit. As the Command Language Program Manager, she oversaw the training and development for over 350 linguists in 14 different language disciplines. The program was recognized by the Department of Defense and her team received the Command Language Program Award for 2015, over all the US military language programs.

Combining her civilian experience and years of service to the nation has afforded her invaluable opportunities to see and understand the world from unique perspectives.

Tanya’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.

She blends her formal education, success as a military leader, civilian work experience, and John Maxwell’s teachings to help her clients unleash their untapped leadership potential and develop themselves personally and professionally.

Her passion for being a High Performance leader empowers her to remain “mission-focused” and “results-driven.” Tanya equips individuals, companies and organizations using various learning systems, tools and methodologies with “achieving goals, one quarter at a time.”

Life In Quarters, LLC has offices in Upper Marlboro, Md and Springfield, Va. Services are available throughout the 50 states and globally.

What my clients say about me and my work.

Tanya was on point. She assessed the key areas we needed to address and delivered training which far exceeded our expectations. Thank you again Ms. Smith!


Your enthusiasm was contagious. I was impressed by team’s interest and desire to want more development training. Will be in touch to schedule future training.


Our JROTC program would like to thank you for spending time and showing our students the importance of personal development. You had a great impact. We would like to invite you back. Our vice-principal would like you to do the Leadership Game with our school’s Student Government Council.


Thank you for delivering such an inspirational speech. The faculty is still talking about how your ability to re-frame your thinking and looking at your situation from a different perspective has helped them with becoming intentional about growing and developing in both their personal lives and professional careers. Thank you again.


Here is a list of things I can do for you.



Customizing solutions are essential for you to have a meaningful change. Tanya speaks from experience and years of training and education. Her presentations are thought provoking, interactive and offers valuable content. You will be able to immediately implement the knowledge and skills gained to their personal and professional plan.



Tailoring strategies and tools empowers you, the change agent, to bring about the desired organizational effectiveness. Offering leaders in organizations and individuals hands-on experiences to learn and empower each other. Tanya is able to assist you with transforming your current workplace environment into a creative and energized workplace culture.



Achieving success is highly correlated to you being mentored and coached. Organizations willing to invest in their employees, and individuals willing to invest in themselves, witness and experience exponential growth. Tanya takes you through a self-discovery process that fosters your personal and professional development. The process also generates an awareness which positively impacts your ability to grow intentionally.

John Maxwell Team Leadership Game

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John C. Maxwell

The Leadership Game is a fun, interactive and innovative resource based on John C. Maxwell’s teachings. This game introduces timeless principles to assist organizations with improving leadership intelligence and increasing your effectiveness. It brings about positive change by engaging players to communicate and connect.

Mastermind Groups

“The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.” – Napoleon Hill

Facilitated groups offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your professional and personal skills. By bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective, you will be able navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others and achieve success.

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