At this year’s Midsize Enterprise Summit Fall in Austin, Daron Roberts will deliver the Monday afternoon inspirational keynote for the conference’s assembled IT leaders. Roberts speaks on the intersection of leadership, sports and business.

He writes frequently for Forbes online.  You can read his blogs here. Robert’s speech titled Burn the Box--A Blueprint for Disruptive Thinking will help guide attendees through the reflection points and strategy necessary to spur creativity and innovation. Roberts’ work is shaped by his amazing professional and personal experiences. He is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. He spent seven years as an NFL and college football coach after graduating from Harvard Law School.

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 Game Plan 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.

Roberts is a contributor to, and his articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, Texas CEO Magazine and Time.

In the fall before his third year at Harvard Law School, Roberts decided to pursue a career in football coaching and wrote letters to college and professional football teams. The Kansas City Chiefs offered Roberts a training camp internship. He leveraged that unpaid position into an assistant coach position. From Kansas City, Roberts went on to coach with the Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns.

Roberts holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001), an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2007). He was elected Student Body President at UT – at the time it was the largest public university in the U.S.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program – 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 recognized as one of the Kennedy School’s 75 Most Fascinating Alumni and a World Economic Forum 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. The camp has served nearly 500 student-athletes since 2010.

You can learn more about Roberts and the Midsize Enterprise Summit by visiting our web site.