As a chief scientist at Booz Allen, Jeremy Filko makes a living with his mind, working closely with clients to provide business analytics, create new approaches and methodologies, and apply emerging technologies to influence the future.
But 5 years ago, while playing softball, Jeremy sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that changed his life. After a line drive struck and disintegrated his left eye socket, this former Marine officer, who spent years articulating the intricacies of highly technical deliverables, found himself needing to relearn basic daily tasks, like speaking and walking. He also experienced memory loss and other debilitating symptoms.
At first, Jeremy tried to tackle the greatest challenge of his career head on and by himself. When he returned to work after his accident, he didn’t tell his colleagues about many of his TBI symptoms, like the crushing migraines he frequently experienced. These symptoms soon became overwhelming, and he was unable to work for an extended period.
When Jeremy came back to work after his second recovery, he decided to change tack; telling those around him about his disability. He’s been back for over 3 years now, leading data science and machine learning efforts for clients at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Driven by his experiences, Jeremy has become an advocate for inclusive professional environments where people with non-visible disabilities can thrive.
We spoke to Jeremy to learn more about his TBI and the impact it’s had on his career.