Spartan Leadership Program


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A Journey of Spartan Leadership Development

Our proprietary 7-month Spartan Leadership Program (SLP) offers a life-changing path for veterans and families of fallen military heroes to connect passion with purpose, and leverage their own experiences to develop themselves as leaders. Through virtual and in-person learning experiences, SLP is aimed at delivering a unique journey of self-development and growth for veterans and surviving family members, who we believe are uniquely positioned to motivate communities toward meaningful change. Rooted in the principles of character-based education and positive psychology, the program's curriculum is delivered by best-in-class, like-minded professionals.

Applications for the 2024 Cohort are now closed


A Commitment To Growth + Leadership Development

Following a detailed application process and acceptance, veteran and survivor participants should be prepared to spend an average of three to four hours per week on program elements, including online instruction, virtual group meetings, practical exercises, and self-reflection. TMF also facilitates three required in-person commitments: a four-day program kickoff in Charlotte, NC; a week-long leadership Expedition to Colorado; and a four-day graduation event in Houston, TX.

Spartan Leadership Framework

Defining Spartan Leadership

Being a Spartan Leader means placing the mission to serve above our own self-interest. We work aggressively to develop and prepare ourselves so we stay in the fight. We live the "If Not Me, Then Who..." ethos at all times, acting with integrity. Our program works to develop this unique mindset by focusing on our four-part framework:



Participants will develop a deeper understanding of self in order to employ a growth mindset that ensures they always act with intention.


Connect + Challenge

Participants will learn how connecting within a group setting can facilitate self-improvement, and they are challenged to empower others to do the same.



A desire to serve is at the core of every Spartan Leader. Participants will leave the program with a heightened desire to lead by example, from the front.


Build a Legacy

We want our graduates to cultivate a lasting legacy of service—one that begins with themselves, but also continues on in their communities for many generations to come.

Leader Spotlights

Check out a few reflections from select 2023 Cohort participants on what makes the Spartan Leadership Program special.

Kaleah Jones

Army Veteran

“This journey has provided me with great clarity about my life’s purpose and the meaningful contributions I want to make as a confident leader. I have a desire to bring programming to my community that is just as beneficial as this one.”

Matt Howard

USMC Veteran

“SLP is a seismic event in my life. For the first time since my 20-year USMC career ended, I am being challenged to better understand who I really am and what makes me tick in order to become a better leader. This personal deep dive is unprecedented, not always comfortable, and incredibly enlightening.”

Brian Neuman

Army Veteran

“I am traditionally laser focused on one area to be a better person when it comes to physical and mental health. Through SLP, I’ve realized that you need to address all areas collectively to be in sync and experience gratitude.”

Additional Information

  • Program Details

    How is this program different from other leadership programs?

    The Spartan Leadership Program is unique not only because we’re bringing together veterans and families of military fallen heroes who are already uniquely positioned to lead, but also because our curriculum is enriched with character-based learning, self-discovery, and experiential Spartan leadership development. Participants are challenged to reflect on and develop a deeper understanding of their personal values, passions, purpose, and leadership. We believe personal purpose is what leads to passion and thriving; our curriculum is built around that idea.

    What are the program commitments?

    All curriculum meetings will be hosted online. If selected for the Spartan Leadership Program, participants are expected to commit to the process. Participants should be prepared to spend an average of three to four hours per week on program elements, including online instruction, group discussion, practical exercises, and reflection.

    There are three mandatory in-person meetings: a four-day Program Kick-off in Charlotte, NC (April 17 - 20, 2024); a six-day Leadership Expedition in Colorado (July 21 - 26, 2024); and a four-day graduation event in Houston, Texas (October 30 - November 2, 2024).

    Is this an accredited program? Can I receive college credit hours?

    When candidates complete the program, they will receive a certificate from the Spartan Leadership Program.

    What topics will the program curriculum cover?

    The Spartan Leadership Program consists of a 4-part framework: Develop, Connect & Challenge, Serve, and Build a Legacy. The curriculum moves each participant through the framework by way of an in-person Program Kick-off, experiential Leadership Expedition, readings, group discussions, reflection activities/assignments, guest speakers, and a cumulative capstone project.

  • Candidate Selection Process

    What are the application requirements? How will participants be selected?

    The Spartan Leadership Program is designed exclusively for veterans and families of military fallen heroes. Candidates are asked to participate in a detailed application process. Due to limited space, the program selection process is divided into two phases: an online application phase and a person-by-person committee review phase. Select applicants then move forward to a series of phone and/or video interviews by members of the Selection Committee.

    Can I apply if I haven’t participated in other TMF programs?

    The Spartan Leadership Program is open to previously engaged Spartans as well as veterans and family members of military fallen heroes who are new to TMF.

    When are participants chosen and notified?

    The application is currently closed. Applications for the next cohort will open in Fall 2024.

    Are there any fees associated with the Spartan Leadership Program?

    Thanks to our generous donors, TMF covers all expenses related to curriculum materials and required travel for the program.


Applications for the 2024 Cohort are now closed

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TMF Stats:
001 78,000+ Veterans + Survivors Empowered
002 300,000+ Spartan Members
003 650,000+ Youth Living "If Not Me, Then Who..." Movement