Speaker shares what drives her
Faith, sports and making a difference in the world are three things that drove the fall 2018 speaker for the Heidelberg University Patricia Adams Lecture Series.
Kelli Masters is an attorney and certified NFL sports agent. Masters delivered the address “Finding Purpose: Overcoming Fear to Live Authentically” Thursday in Heidelberg’s Seiberling Gym.
Masters became the first woman to represent a first-round pick in the NFL Draft in 2010 and she continues to fight for opportunities for women in a male-dominated industry.
Masters said she first experienced adversity while she was in college, when a professor in her meteorology course told her she never would achieve an A because she was a woman.
“I had no idea what to say,” she said. “So I went and changed my major to meteorology and worked to prove him wrong.”
As a child and throughout college, Masters said she had always been a very driven person.
“I had to know how to be the best,” she said.
Masters said there is no problem with wanting to be the best or to be successful, but it becomes a problem when your identity and value are wrapped up in your accomplishments.
Masters said she was focused on making everyone around her proud and being liked.
“That was a dangerous place to be,” she said. “I was waiting for everyone to realize that I wasn’t talented and hiding behind a facade of perfection.”
Masters said she was terrified of failure.
But in 1997 at the age of 23, Masters said she shifted when she realized she needed to be herself.
“I decided I wasn’t going to take another step forward until I quit everything and added back the things that would bring me to my destiny,” she said.
What mattered, according to Masters, was to find out who she was and her purpose on this earth.
“My purpose, I found out, was to serve others,” she said. “I was being selfish and realized it wasn’t just about me.”
To students, Masters said it is OK to not have it all figured out.
“You will learn from your experiences,” she said.
During her talk, Masters spoke of three items of advice: to dig deep and find your purpose; overcome fear by taking action and to know your personality, drive and purpose are enough.
“You don’t have to compare yourself to others,” Masters said.
Masters is the founder and president of KMM Sports, a full-service sports management company in Oklahoma City. She continues to practice law as an Of Counsel member of Fellers Sinder Law Firm, while also representing athletes in football, baseball and Olympic sports.