Veteran Innovation Series: Ideas at Work

Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support 2021 Veteran Innovation Series Lecture

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Dan Futrell

CEO, Pat Tillman Foundation

November 12, 2021

Old Capitol Senate Chambers

Lecture: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Student networking event: 5:00-5:30 p.m.

The Veteran Innovation Series brings Veterans who are some of the most successful innovators in their field to the University of Iowa to build connections with our graduate and professional students, and to provide UI graduate student Veterans with the opportunity to share their expertise. Speakers share stories of innovations, creativity, and problem-solving, helping us reimagine what it means to be a military Veteran in the twenty-first century. The Veteran Innovation Series is open to the public.


About the Speaker

After a life begun in turbulence and foster care, Dan benefitted from social systems and individuals that went above and beyond for his growth. He grew up in a single-parent household where education was always elevated as the path out of hardship and toward opportunity.

Upon graduating from Gonzaga University’s ROTC program, Dan served five years as a Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer as a platoon leader, company commander, and aide-de-camp. His most notable deployment was for 15 months with 3-2 Stryker Brigade in 2006-07, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Post-military, Dan earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University where he was selected as a 2011 Tillman Scholar and a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow. Since then, he served for six years as an elected official on a local school board serving a 5,000-child school district supporting a community made up by half of families who qualify for free & reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty.

In 2019, he accepted the charge to take the Pat Tillman Foundation forward into its next chapter uniting and empowering veterans and military spouses as the next generation of leaders.

 

About the Veteran Innovation Series

The Veteran Innovation Series brings Veterans who are some of the most successful innovators in their field to the University of Iowa to build connections with our graduate and professional students, and to provide UI graduate student Veterans with the opportunity to share their expertise. Speakers share stories of innovations, creativity, and problem-solving, helping us reimagine what it means to be a military Veteran in the twenty-first century. The Veteran Innovation Series is open to the public. 

Each 90-minute seminar features either a speaker with a large platform to share their journey toward innovation, or two graduate student Veterans from the University of Iowa. The series provides the opportunity for graduate student Veterans in our community to collaborate across disciplines, promote their research, and network with successful Veterans whose innovation has given them a broader platform.   

The Veteran Innovation Series is hosted by Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS) with generous support for the fall 2021 events from the College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Carver College of Medicine, Office of the President, College of Public Health, Graduate College, and University College.

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Become a VIS Speaker

Who's eligible to apply?

All currently enrolled graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa who are Veterans of the US military or currently serving in the US military are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will: 

  • Share their research in an accessible, approachable way for non-experts in their field
  • Articulate why their research is innovative and why it matters, e.g. what work it is doing in the world
  • Receive a $200 honorarium upon completion of their participation in the event

 Check back in January 2022 to apply for the spring 2022 event. Email UI-IVETS@uiowa.edu with questions. 

What happens if I'm selected?

IVETS will select two graduate and professional students from the spring 2022 applicants in March 2022. Applications due date TBA. VIS speakers will give a 30-minute virtual presentation, open to the university and surrounding community, in April. There will be a 30-minute combined Q & A with the audience immediately following the presentations.