Daniel Lester

2020 Inductee

About Daniel Lester

Dan Lester earned a bachelor of science degree in business and management information systems in 2005 with a minor in information science and technology. A two-sport letterman, Dan was a member of the football Miners all four years setting two kick return records. He was a sprinter on both indoor and outdoor track and field teams for two years. Dan was the director of the Voices of Inspiration gospel choir, and a founding member of the Black Man’s Think Tank where he served as vice president.

In his role at Clayco, Dan focuses primarily on endeavors that affect the community as a whole, addressing the culture of jobsites and making them more inclusive. Dan has the ability to help people navigate and successfully find solutions to the diversity and inclusion opportunities they see at their companies. He believes people are the greatest and most important assets, and he knows having a psychologically safe and diverse team is what makes a business thrive.

Dan is active across many organizations and is a professional speaker on a regional and national scale. He and his wife, Burnea co-founded The Art of Adaption; a framework for approaching training and development using applied data to inform practical action through an inclusive and equitable culture.

Dan’s impact has been recognized in the St. Louis community and nationally as a diverse business leader, inclusion champion and top 100 HR Influencer of 2020.