Chad LittlefieldChad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield helps clients like JetBlue, Starbucks, and organizations in more than 80 countries around the world increase collaboration and develop relationships of trust. A “global expert on asking questions that build trust and connection in teams,” according to Forbes, Chad is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and co-founder of We and Me, Inc. ( Most recently, Chad and his partner, Will Wise, launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter, now a #1 Amazon Bestseller. 

“My mission: create conversations that matter,” says Chad. “What are the things that we are never taught but expected to know? There is a deficit of skills like curiosity, asking powerful questions, listening deeply, and creating connections. My way of investing back into people involves designing fun, challenging, and engaging experiences and tools that connect people to people, and people to ideas.”

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 Modern day etiquette is not about outdated, stuffy gestures — it’s the main component to creating and strengthening relationships in business and life.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.