Daron K. Roberts
Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL and college coach who serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. CSLi is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school and collegiate athletes. He is the best-selling author of “Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition“. The book was named one of Sports Illustrated’s, “Best Sports Business Books of 2017“.
Roberts has a proven track record in improving management systems and developing leadership strategy for managers in both the private and public sectors. He has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. A lecturer at the University of Texas, Roberts focuses on issues of governance and innovation in the sports arena. He teaches two upper-division honors courses – Leadership Strategy in Sports and Disruptive Innovation in Sports. He also developed a course – A Gameplan for Winning at Life – that is taught to all incoming freshmen student-athletes at the University of Texas. During the course of each academic year, Roberts teaches over 300 students.
The Harvard Kennedy School of Government recognized Roberts as one of its “75 Most Fascinating Alumni” and the World Economic Forum pegged Roberts as a “Young Global Leader” for creating a nonprofit football camp – 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1 provides free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served nearly 500 student-athletes since 2010.
The Presidential Leadership Foundation – a joint venture between Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – tabbed Roberts as a Presidential Leadership Scholar for 2015. He was one of 60 members in the inaugural class.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Charlie Adkins is in his second year as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at The University of Texas. From the day he realized that he would not be a professional athlete due to several arm injuries, he set his sights on contributing to society by improving the lives of others through the business of sport.
He holds a BBA in Business Honors and Accounting from The University of Texas and is currently completing his Master in Professional Accounting degree.
During his freshman year, he started work within the athletic department, as a scout team member for the Women’s Basketball team and a student assistant in the UT Athletics Marketing department. Following his freshman and sophomore years, Charlie interned for the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Additionally, he consulted for the Australian Baseball League in their quest to develop 4-6 new stadiums in the next decade.
Charlie joined the Men’s Basketball staff in September 2014 as the team’s first-ever Advanced Analytics intern, in which he provided the coaching staff information regarding advance scouting, internal scouting, and game planning. During summer 2015, he interned for the National Football League in a digital media role. His responsibilities included developing an integrated marketing plan for an international digital subscription product.
Through Charlie’s work on campus, he has received many accolades including finalist for the Most Outstanding Student Award, Texas Exes Presidential Leadership Award, the George Mitchell Leadership Award, and membership to the Friar Society, the university’s most prestigious honor society.
Following his graduation from undergraduate work, Charlie interned with the Texas Rangers. He performed various financial analyses, including new stadium finance and variance analysis. Additionally, he contributed to the baseball operations staff through various projects, including scouting and player development.
Lori’s passion is to help others listen for, identify and pursue their passions. After 18 years as a leader at Booz Allen Hamilton, she left an executive role to follow her professional dream: to focus deeply in the areas of leadership strategy, leadership consulting and executive coaching.
A faculty member of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Lori is a coach and leadership advisor for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a partnership of several Presidential Libraries founded by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. She is also a coach for the Schusterman Fellowship, a twelve-month transformational leadership program. Lori has coached executives at the C-suite and across multiple sectors, ranging from the biopharmaceutical industry to the technology sector, and from the federal government to major sports organizations including the NFL. She facilitates strategy sessions, presents on the transition into senior leadership roles, and shares her experience with her peers through presentations on coaching at venues including the Metro DC International Coaching Federation Conference and the International Association for Change Management Professionals.
While at Booz Allen, Lori led the firm’s leadership development services, advising leaders in the areas of strategy and decision-making and conducting immersive simulations. She managed a team of over 90 Human Capital experts who served the firm’s federal and commercial clients in a broad range of human capital transformations.
Lori holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She is certified in the Organization Workshop- an interactive simulation focused on helping leaders see that they can exercise influence from multiple parts of the organization. She is also certified in numerous leadership assessments and coaching techniques such as Hogan, Team Coaching, Observer Action Results, HeartMath, and The Leadership Circle Profile.
Lori is married with two sons who love math and sports and the overlap between the two. She enjoys running and hiking, but prefers the efficiency of tabada workouts. Lori is dedicated to ending the stigma associated with mental illness. Last year, she and her oldest son did the “Out of the Darkness Overnight” walk to raise money for and awareness about suicide prevention. This year, many friends and family are joining them to walk “out of the darkness,” too.