Tiffany Fisher – 2018 Military Award Recipient

Veteran Engagement Director, Team Red, White, and Blue; First Sergeant, G Co 29th BSB

Tiffany S. Fisher was born in Lima, Ohio and moved to Arizona at an early age. Her passion for serving others developed early, as she cared for her two younger brothers while her single mother worked hard to provide for the family. This experience helped her to become a strong, independent woman, and shaped her into the woman she is today.

Besides staying busy as an exemplary student, Tiffany’s school years were filled with extracurricular activities. She spent much of her early life in both team and individual sports. Her favorite activities were softball and baseball. This remains her passion today.

From an early age, Tiffany set a goal to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, and she achieved this! At 17, she decided to follow her love of country and desire to serve others by enlisting in the Arizona Army National Guard. She attended two years of college at the University of Arizona, until she was called away to serve a tour of duty in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning home, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, where she graduated with honors and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, an International Honor’s Society in business. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

Tiffany is most proud of her service to others. Her greatest challenge is overcoming years of chronic pain and surgeries while continuing to serve her country and community. Besides her ongoing distinguished 17-year career in the military, where she remains the youngest First Sergeant in the organization, proving that women can lead in predominately male career fields, she also believes in volunteerism and veteran engagement. Tiffany serves as the Veteran Engagement Director while also serving in a leadership fellowship with Team Red, White & Blue, the nation’s fastest-growing veteran’s non-profit organization. Additionally, Tiffany is the only female mentor with the Arizona Veteran’s Court Mentor Project. She enjoys mentoring her soldiers and peers, fostering leadership development, and speaking to women about female empowerment, much like the mission of the YWCA.

Tiffany’s mentor often poses a question to motivate her to continue advancing: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question she encourages everyone to ask themselves. Her advice to women is: persevere regardless of obstacles, never settle, and never to let anyone discourage you from following your dreams. She believes we are a nation that stands for freedom and equality, a place where everyone can do remarkable things, and where nobody should ever be told they can’t do something. She believes neither success, nor leadership, are defined by an individual’s gender.

Tiffany enjoys hiking, cooking, dueling pianos, crafts, and baseball.

The YWCA is honored to present the 2018 Military Award to Tiffany Fisher.