Welcome to Tackle What's Next, the premier community and support team for athletes transitioning from sport to what’s next. We recreate a sense of team and camaraderie for athletes like you to find your purpose and create impact in life after the game. 

We build a game plan to prioritize YOU in what's next.


Danielle Berman

Founder & CEO

Danielle has dedicated her career to helping athletes understand their potential. Her focus on the athlete as an individual rather than a cog in the sports industry machine has created unique opportunities and impact in the sports space.

She has worked primarily with athletes, both current and retired, for nearly a decade and is passionate about helping them achieve their goals outside of sport.

Danielle works with nonprofits in various sectors, and aims to educate athletes and nonprofits on how to work together to create social impact. 


Kelsey Smith

Partnerships & Events Manager

Kelsey supports Tackle What's Next with event logistics, partnership opportunities and more. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Global Political Economy in 2020 and was the recipient of the Sport Management Professional Engagement Award.

Kelsey played soccer competitively growing up and continued to play during her first two years at Syracuse for the women's club team. 


Kalli Scherlis

Head of Content

Kalli is the creator of all our digital content at Tackle What's Next. From event materials to social media graphics to videos, Kalli helps amplify our message and create a platform for athletes to share their journeys in life outside of sports. 


Ethan Kenney

Marketing & Events Intern

Ethan supports Tackle What's Next with our marketing and events. He works on event logistics, marketing outreach, and our content series. Ethan is currently a Graduate Student at GWU and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. 

He has experience working with professional and college teams serving as a marketing and youth basketball intern with the Washington Wizards and as a manager for Michigan and GWU's Women's basketball teams. 

Ethan seeks to provide education and support for the mental health of athletes.


Olivia Peters

Partnerships & Events Associate

Olivia supports Tackle What’s Next with marketing, events, partnership research, and administrative tasks. She is currently a senior at the University of Delaware majoring in Sport Management. She has experience in alumnae relations for the UD athletic department as well as operations for the UD football team. She hopes to work in the nonprofit and community relations sector of sport as well as athlete development. Olivia also grew up playing basketball and volleyball.


Tyler Brook

Marketing, Research & Events Intern

Tyler supports Tackle What’s Next with database management, marketing research and outreach, social media management, and contributions to TWN Content series. He graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Integrated Educational Studies and a minor in Analytics in 2020. Tyler played basketball competitively for 10 years through high school and college, and is a lifelong Golden State Warriors fan.


Abdoul Diallo

Social Media & Research Intern

Abdoul supports Tackle What’s next with our social media pages and outreach for our events. Abdoul is currently a junior at the GWU, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in sports management.

Abdoul has experience managing events on GW campus and is interning at MSG this upcoming summer. Abdoul hopes to work with brands on creating high-level marketing and event activation campaigns in the sports industry.