The SOAR Summit features nationally recognized speakers to educate and inspire you. Read about our 2022 keynotes speakers here!

Chad LittlefieldChad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of We and Me, Inc. (—an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Leaders call Chad when they want to amplify connection, belonging, and trust in their organization. Forbes calls Chad a “global expert on asking questions that build trust and connection in teams.” He is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards, which are now being used to create conversations that matter on campuses and companies in more than 80 countries around the world. Most recently, Chad and his partner Will Wise launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter, now a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Chad has led workshops, trainings, retreats, and interactive keynotes at JetBlue, Starbucks, Conscious Capitalism International, Johnson & Johnson, Penn State, Notre Dame, George Mason University, Typeform, Goodwill, and dozens of conferences. 

Diane GottsmanDiane Gottsman

As a nationally renowned etiquette expert, author, media personality, and popular industry resource, Diane Gottsman understands that building relationships is more than knowing which fork to use at the dinner table. Modern day etiquette is not about outdated, stuffy gestures — it’s the main component to creating and strengthening relationships in business and life. Diane is the founder of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and business etiquette training, and the author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life. Her expertise comes from nearly two decades of corporate etiquette training, coupled with a master’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on adult behavior.

An informative, engaging, and entertaining speaker, Diane has shared her message in appearances on The TODAY Show, CNN, Fox & Friends, CBS Sunday Morning and the Hallmark Channel. She’s the resident etiquette expert for two morning talk shows, Good Day Austin (a Fox News affiliate) and SA Living (an NBC affiliate). Diane’s tips have also been shared in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report, and other publications. Diane has been helping Southwestern students with etiquette training for nearly 20 years and is part of our Pirate family as a current SU parent.

Daron RobertsDaron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts, former NFL Coach, Harvard Law graduate, best-selling author, and non-profit founder, serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. In his third year at Harvard Law School and against the advice of friends and family members, Daron decided to burn his law firm offers ($150,000 in compensation) and chase a career in football coaching. 31 rejection letters later, Daron landed an internship with the Kansas City Chiefs. He parlayed that no pay/no frills grunt position into an NFL coaching contract. Daron’s book about that experience, Call an Audible, gives you a blueprint for tackling your dream job and, according to former UT head football coach Mack Brown, “gives us all a chance to think of what might be, rather than just accept things as they are.”

As a lecturer at UT, Daron focuses on issues of leadership and innovation in the sports arena. He developed a course – A Gameplan for Winning at Life – that is taught to incoming UT freshmen student-athletes. Daron has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for creating a nonprofit football camp - 4th and 1, Inc. The camp, which has served nearly 500 student-athletes since 2010, provides free SAT prep, life skills development, and football training to at-risk youth.