May 9, 2023

Sua Sponte

Celebrating a legacy of service and impact

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Thank You for Supporting the Pat Tillman Foundation

Thank you to our supporters — the NFL, CLEAR, Select Equity, King & Spaulding, and Svoboda Capital Partners and others for joining us for Sua Sponte in New York City on May 9! We hope you enjoyed hearing from our keynote speaker, 2012 Tillman Scholar Jonny Kim, a Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut, as well as Marie Tillman Shenton, co-founder and chair of PTF; Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner; Caryn Seidman-Becker, chair and CEO of CLEAR; Ashley Nicolas, a 2016 Tillman Scholar and senior assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Dan Futrell, CEO of the Pat Tillman Foundation and a 2011 Tillman Scholar. 

Keynote Speaker

Lt. Cmdr. Jonny Kim, M.D.
Navy SEAL, Physician, NASA Astronaut
2012 Tillman Scholar

Jonny Kim found his calling in the service of others. His desire to protect those who cannot protect themselves galvanized him to enlist in the Navy at age 18. A Navy SEAL, he found his passion for medicine during his service as a Naval Special Warfare Medic in the Iraq War, where he was inspired by the skill and devotion of the physicians who saved his teammates’ lives. In 2017, he was selected by NASA as one of 12 candidates chosen from a pool of 18,000 to join Astronaut Group 22. In 2023, he completed his Navy flight training and became a rare dual designee as both a Navy flight surgeon and a Naval Aviator. He will continue his passion for service, education, and scientific advancement at NASA  as one of the 18 astronauts named to the Artemis project to return to the moon. Learn more about Jonny.

Marie Tillman Shenton

Co-founder and Chair, Pat Tillman Foundation
Entrepreneur, Investor, and Adviser

After the nationwide outpouring of support following Pat’s death in 2004, Marie, along with family and friends, established the Pat Tillman Foundation. Actively involved, first as a board member and then as CEO from 2008-2012, Marie led the effort to redefine the Foundation’s mission by starting the Tillman Scholars program. She now serves as Chair of the Board. Marie is passionate about people getting involved in their communities and shares her story to help encourage them to do so. Her memoir about love, loss and life entitled The Letter was released in 2012. Marie has been a featured speaker at the United States Air Force Academy Center for Character Development, the University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School, Inc.500/5000 and the Clinton Global Initiative University. Learn more about Marie.

Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner

Goodell is the eighth chief executive in the NFL’s history. He was chosen by the NFL club owners to be commissioner on August 8, 2006 and took office on September 1, 2006. Commissioner Goodell has focused his priorities on successfully growing the NFL’s popularity and strengthening the game and all 32 NFL franchises through innovation.

Caryn Seidman-Becker

Co-founder, chair, and CEO, CLEAR

Caryn Seidman-Becker is the co-founder and CEO of CLEAR, the secure identity platform. When she and co-founder Ken Cornick began with CLEAR in 2010, they had a vision for a future that was both safer and more frictionless. They started in the toughest environment, the airport, and today have a platform that gives more than 10 million members experiences that are secure, predictable and time-saving in more than 60 venues around the country. Caryn leads 2,000 team members who are all committed to growing CLEAR’s ability to create safe and easy member journeys and supporting its members, partners and communities.


Ashley Nicolas

Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
2016 Tillman Scholar

Following graduation from West Point, Ashley branched Army Intelligence and served the majority of her five active-duty years in the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (4-2 SBCT).  Ashley continued her service with Teach for America. Her experiences, both in combat and in the classroom, have pushed her to pursue a new path as an attorney. With insight into bureaucratic and policy inefficiencies that cause and further institutional injustice, she hopes to fuse her interests in human rights and national security to find a meaningful way to continue her service to be a driver of change, to question the status quo, and to push for systemic reform. Learn more about Ashley.

Dan Futrell

CEO, Pat Tillman Foundation
2011 Tillman Scholar

Dan Futrell joined the Pat Tillman Foundation as CEO in 2019, bringing over 15 years of cross-sector experience to the team. Early in life, Dan benefited from the selfless service of others as his path took him in and out of foster care, ultimately landing in California due to the diligence of a volunteer social worker in Florida. This early experience helped shape his commitment to service in his life. Raised by a single dad thereafter, Dan went on to graduate from Gonzaga University on an ROTC scholarship with a degree in business. Over the next five years, Dan would serve 27 months in Baghdad, Iraq and Fort Lewis, Washington as a Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer and was selected to the 2011 class of Tillman Scholars, earning a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. Learn more about Dan.

Thank You

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