Founder, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation at University of Texas

Daron K. Roberts

Inspirational. Leadership. Motivation. Sports.

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Daron K. Roberts

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Roberts serves as a partner with Notley Ventures. He’s a co-founder of Amass – an end-to-end wealth launchpad and investment platform for Black Americans. Since 2014, Roberts has served as the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The Center is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. In January of 2018, the Center received the commitment and financial support of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant. Roberts holds a faculty appointment in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award, Creative Engagement Award and was named a distinguished faculty member by the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2015.

His research revolves around issues of rejection, failure management and leadership. After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).
In 2010, Daron launched 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. Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time. He and his wife spend their weekends tending to their urban garden and corralling five kids.

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STAY IN THE DEEP END

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STAY IN THE DEEP END
Complacency is the enemy. In this talk, Daron identifies the symptoms of complacency and provides a roadmap to propel your team into the win column.

EMPATHY IS THE WAY
Harnessing the work of Brené Brown, Daron will guide your team on a journey to show how empathy can build connection and drive business outcomes.

THE MICROWINS MINDSET
In this talk, Daron shares the Microwins System, a daily approach to identify small victories that lead to the achievement of big goals. This system will will help your team manage the stress of working in a demanding virtual environment.

LEADERSHIP IS A CONTACT SPORT
Are you a transactional or transformational leader? This culture-shifting talk will provide actionable leadership tactics for you team to implement today.

THE ART OF RISK-TAKING
Promoting a “fail fast” culture sounds easy, but empowering your team to embrace an innovative mindset can be difficult. This talk does both.

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GARY WHIDDEN, FACEBOOK

He commanded the audience with his powerful personal story, expertly wove in anecdotes from our company culture, and created a “buzz” that was a catalyst for change.

LAURA DIXON, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

We could not have made a better decision. Daron was the perfect fit. He led the sensitive conversation in a powerful and motivating way. When his smarts, work ethic and vision meet…watch out!

JANE HALE-HOPKINS, COCA-COLA SCHOLARS FOUNDATION

On stage, Daron is dynamic, engaging, funny, accessible, masterful, and authentic all at the same time. I always walk away feeling inspired by his story and his vision to lift others.

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