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.
Senior Administrative Program Coordinator
Taylor Brown is a former elite rower and coach who serves at the Senior Administrative Programs Coordinator for the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi).
He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and an M.S. in Kinesiology from The University of Texas. He was also a four-year member of the Brown University’s Men’s Varsity Rowing team.
After graduating from Brown University in 2012, Taylor initially pursued the path of a sport psychologist. However, after spending a year as an intern in a private psychiatry practice, Taylor was drawn to the operational and managerial elements of sports. At this point, he pursued his masters at The University of Texas in sports management.
Prior to his graduate program at UT, Taylor was awarded the Texas New Scholars Fellowship to complete research as a graduate research assistant. During the course of his graduate program, Taylor was a GRA in the Sport for Development Lab and at the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sport. Taylor has completed research in a vast number of sport topics including sport psychology, sport development, and the history of sport and physical culture to name a few. This experience helped solidify his already strong background in research. Taylor also trained and competed at the elite level in rowing, a sport that he had started in high school. During his career as an elite rower, Taylor had the opportunity to train with the best coaches in the country and race all around the country, and even abroad in Henley-on-Thames, England. To finish out his graduate program, Taylor wrote his master’s thesis on psychological resilience in sport.
After graduating from UT in 2015, Taylor had the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level. During the 2015-2016 season, Taylor served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Varsity Women’s Rowing team at UT, and helped them finish 8th in the nation. Concurrently, Taylor coached the Austin Rowing Club men’s high school team to an 8th place finish at the Youth National Championships.
In 2016-2017, Taylor continued training at the elite level in rowing. However, he unfortunately sustained a back injury early in his training and had to make the tough decision to retire. Re-directed and re-inspired, Taylor joined the executive staff at CSLi with a passion for bringing out the best in others.
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.