The Pat Tillman Leadership Summit celebrates Pat’s values and convenes the Tillman Scholars to network, collaborate and develop solutions to the challenges facing our country and communities.

In his life, Pat Tillman made his mark as a husband, teammate, soldier and brother. He believed we should always strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

Started in 2010, the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit powered by the NFL convenes the Tillman Scholar network to address the toughest challenges impacting our country and our communities.

This three-day event, held in July at Roosevelt University and VenueSIX10 in Chicago, celebrates the values of the foundation and fosters collaboration between scholars across their areas of impact. It serves as an orientation for the newest class of Tillman Scholars and a networking and community-building opportunity for scholars returning from previous years. Each day features inspiring keynote speakers, engaging panels and dynamic peer workshops.


Invisible Communities: The State of Native America

Tillman Scholars Jameson Lopez, Lisa Rich and Jonathan Yellowhair unite for a discussion on how they are working to illuminate issues of invisibility in Native communities.

Inside the Fallout: America’s Crackdown on Opioids

Dr. Jean Bennett moderates a candid conversation with Tillman Scholars Matthew Miclette, Leilani Attilio and Johnnie Gilpen about the opioid epidemic and evidence-based policies, practices and solutions.

Beyond War & PTSD: The Crucial Role of Transition Stress

Tillman Scholars Meaghan Mobbs and Melissa Thomas discuss how we can move research, treatments and cultural representations beyond the focus on PTSD in order to address what it means to become a soldier, and the battle veterans might face when they attempt to shed that identity.

Public Service in America: Disrupting the Status Quo

Tillman Scholar Ashley Nicolas moderates a discussion with fellow scholars Samuel Innocent and Adrian Perkins about disrupting the status quo in local politics and lessons learned as they seek elected office in their local communities of Brownsville, NY and Shreveport, LA.

Our Partners

Without loyal support, our mission would go unfulfilled. Meet our partners and sponsors who are empowering the Tillman Scholars.

See All Partners