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. Register for one of our upcoming cohorts or events below!

Impact Leadership ProgramsMaster Class SeriesWomen’s Trailblazer Summit

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. Learn from our very own Tillman Scholars as well as industry leaders as they navigate the challenges of today and tomorrow.

With content and curriculum led by Head of TLI Colleen Reaney we offer a variety of leadership development opportunities not only through our flagship courses, but masterclasses on our individual leadership attributes as well as leadership summits. 

Leadership cohorts for you

Our flagship program led by our remarkable Tillman Scholars, the Tillman Leadership Institute offers innovative programs grounded in our 6 core attributes of leadership. With several programs and customizable options, there are courses to develop and refine your leadership skill whether you are a student athlete or a c-suite executive. Find an upcoming course that best suits you below or reach out to Colleen Reaney to learn about our options for customized programs.

Impact Leadership Programs

Master Class Series

Interested in getting a taste of our full curriculum? The Tillman Leadership Institute is proud to present an interactive and fully virtual Master Class series. Designed for individuals at any stage in their career that want of preview of the more in-depth programs, each of the six Master Classes will highlight one of the following leadership attributes: inclusive; decisive; tenacious; caring; creative; passionate. Much like the curriculum in the Emerging Leader and Executive Leader programs, Tillman Scholars are at the helm. Throughout the fall, six Tillman Scholars with varying backgrounds will each tell their stories, share lessons around the selected attribute, provide tangible leadership takeaways, and answer questions. Learn more 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

Head of Tillman Leadership Institute

Erik Doss-Carter

Director of Leader Development, Tillman Leadership Institute

Erik Doss-Carter

Engagement Manager, Tillman Leadership Institute

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