Tillman Leadership Institute

Grounded in the leadership embodied by Tillman Scholars, the Tillman Leadership Institute is a strategic initiative of the Pat Tillman Foundation that empowers professionals, students, and global citizens to lead through action and develop teams and communities that do the same. 

Developing Leaders at All levels

Built with research on the leadership gap from McKinsey & Company’s Chicago Community Consulting Team, as well as financial support from the National Football League, TLI’s programming will help leaders at all levels make an impact at their organizations, in their communities, and in the world at large. With content and curriculum led by TLI Director Colleen Reaney and facilitated by Tillman Scholars. The institute will offer programs to three audiences: high potential early to mid-career professionals, executive leadership, and student athletes, as well as customized leadership and management training.


Register Today!

Registration for our Emerging Leaders Cohort 2 is now open! This cohort will be taking place from May 5, 2023 though August 25, 2023. You can register as an individual or through corporate registration below!

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Leadership Attributes

Inspired by Pat Tillman’s life, TLI’s curriculum will draw on six leadership attributes:


Creative leaders work cooperatively — and exuberantly — with others to foster innovation.


A caring leader exudes a personal warmth and mutual respect for all.


A decisive leader makes consistent and effective decisions.


A tenacious leader inspires others to persevere through hardships and challenges.


An inclusive leader builds cohesive, diverse, and collaborative teams.


Passionate leaders lead with their heart and their soul.

TLI Leadership



colleen reaney

Director, Tillman Leadership Institute

Erik Doss-Carter

Engagement Manager, Tillman Leadership Institute

Our Partners

PTF piloted its student athlete program at Brown University in early 2022 and will expand its pilot in January 2023 with high potential professionals from:

Bank of America

Interested in joining the next TLI Cohort?

Connect with our team at TLI and secure a spot in our next cohort or to inquire about our customized leadership and management programs

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News & Media Highlights

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19th Annual Pat’s Run Registration is Open!

19th Annual Pat’s Run Registration is Open!

The 19th Annual Pat‘s Run, presented by TEKsystems, is back in person and you do not want to miss your chance to register! Join us at Sun Devil Stadium on April 23, 2022 to tackle 4.2 miles in beautiful Tempe, Arizona. Registration is open now — it costs $42 on Jan....

Pat Tillman Foundation announces the Tillman Leadership Institute

Pat Tillman Foundation announces the Tillman Leadership Institute

Headed by education expert Colleen Reaney, TLI to bring Tillman Scholars’ leadership lessons to corporations, universities, NPOs, and government agencies CHICAGO — The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) today announced the Tillman Leadership Institute (TLI), a program that...

Applications for 2023 Class of Tillman Scholars Now Open!

Applications for 2023 Class of Tillman Scholars Now Open!

The Pat Tillman Foundation today opened its annual application for the Tillman Scholars program. Eligible military service members, veterans, and spouses can apply to join the 2023 class of Tillman Scholars until Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT. For specific...

Step Up for Scholars 2022: Gretchen Klingler

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