Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova is a world-class tennis champion and entrepreneur. Her passion for craftsmanship and detail is reflected in everything she does — both on and off the tennis court. 

After moving to the United States from Russia at age six to pursue her tennis career, Maria turned professional at age 14. She won Wimbledon at age 17 - the first of her five career Grand Slam titles -  and has been ranked #1 in the world by the WTA on five separate occasions. Maria was also the 7th female player in the open era to complete the career Grand Slam and the first female athlete to serve as the Olympic flag bearer for the Russian delegation. Maria chronicles much of her tennis career in her New York Times best-seller, Unstoppable: My Life so Far. 

Outside of tennis, Maria Sharapova is an active founder, CEO and business investor. She founded her premium candy line, Sugarpova, and has artfully designed and scaled all aspects of the company. She oversees the day-to-day decision-making and growth of the business — from creative branding and packaging to product R&D and retail expansion. Maria is also passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs — investing in several companies and participating in mentorship programs for women in business. 

 A curious person by nature, Maria is always seeking opportunities to learn and grow from others. She has taken courses at Harvard Business School and is collaborating with architect Dan Meis on a new concept for boutique wellness centers. Maria brings a creative and hands-on approach to all of her projects, spanning tennis, business, design and more. 

In her passionate remarks, Sharapova addresses everything from business advice and how to perform like a champion to women's empowerment and her own inspirational life story. 

 

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Performing like a champion

A five-time Grand Slam winner, and one of just ten women in the open era to complete the career Grand Slam, Maria Sharapova is an international icon who has stopped at nothing on her path to personal and professional success. In these illuminating and empowering remarks, she shares lessons from her ...

A five-time Grand Slam winner, and one of just ten women in the open era to complete the career Grand Slam, Maria Sharapova is an international icon who has stopped at nothing on her path to personal and professional success. In these illuminating and empowering remarks, she shares lessons from her life, both on and off the court, on achieving your goals and how to perform like a champion. Opening up about setbacks and overcoming obstacles in her career, Sharapova shares fascinating anecdotes, bold inspiration, and actionable strategies on self-motivation and perseverance. She leaves audiences inspired and prepared to take on whatever lies ahead. 

Unstoppable: Maria Sharapova's life story

Moving from Russia to the United States at age six to pursue her tennis career, Maria and her father arrived in Florida with just seven hundred dollars and a dream to be the next tennis star. Years later, Sharapova went on to win Wimbledon at just seventeen years old, reaching the number one WTA ran ...

Moving from Russia to the United States at age six to pursue her tennis career, Maria and her father arrived in Florida with just seven hundred dollars and a dream to be the next tennis star. Years later, Sharapova went on to win Wimbledon at just seventeen years old, reaching the number one WTA ranking at eighteen, and eventually winning five career Grand Slams.

In these inspiring and candid remarks, Sharapova opens up about her unforgettable life journey with the same fiercely provocative attitude that characterizes her tennis game. Full of thrilling, insightful episodes from her beginnings in Siberia, her career-defining matches, and her recent fight to get back on the court, Sharapova's remarks provide lessons on persistence and hard work, and leave audiences empowered. 

Lift as you climb: Women empowering women

A fierce and dedicated advocate for women's empowerment in sports, business, and all facets of life, Maria Sharapova knows what it feels like to be outnumbered and overshadowed in often male-dominated fields. From speaking up for equal pay and treatment to mentoring female entrepreneurs and providin ...

A fierce and dedicated advocate for women's empowerment in sports, business, and all facets of life, Maria Sharapova knows what it feels like to be outnumbered and overshadowed in often male-dominated fields. From speaking up for equal pay and treatment to mentoring female entrepreneurs and providing women with more opportunities in the business world, Sharapova has dedicated her career to lifting other women up as she's climbed ever-higher in the worlds of sports and business. 

In these empowering and candid remarks, Sharapova talks about her own struggles as a female athlete and entrepreneur, and the lessons she's learned along the way. She offers actionable advice on advocating for yourself, finding mentors, pursuing your passion, and never letting negativity get in your way. 

Finding success off the court: Building a brand and business

One of the first female athletes to develop a true personal brand, Maria Sharapova has been a global icon, on and off the tennis court, since she first turned pro at age 14. Between her self-started candy company Sugarpova, investments in Supergoop! and the UFC, and an endorsement portfolio that inc ...

One of the first female athletes to develop a true personal brand, Maria Sharapova has been a global icon, on and off the tennis court, since she first turned pro at age 14. Between her self-started candy company Sugarpova, investments in Supergoop! and the UFC, and an endorsement portfolio that includes Nike, Evian, Porsche and more, Sharapova previously ranked as the highest-paid female athlete for eleven straight years. 

A curious person by nature, Maria is always seeking opportunities to learn and grow from others. She has taken courses at Harvard Business School and is currently collaborating with architect Dan Meis on a new concept for boutique wellness centers. She also served as a guest shark on ABC's mega-hit "Shark Tank." 

In these engaging and substantive remarks, Sharapova shares her insights on business and brand development and tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit. From tactical lessons learned from launching a successful business and working with some of the most esteemed companies on the planet, to bold inspiration on chasing your passions, Sharapova leaves audiences inspired and informed. 

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Biography

International tennis sensation, Maria Sharapova, expanded her presence further in the sporting universe as she became an Olympic correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Olympic Games. Sharapova holds hometown hero status in her native Sochi, and offered NBC viewers exclusive and personalized access to the Olympic Games in Russia.

Sharapova is the winner of multiple Grand Slams in her career; Wimbledon (2004), US Open (2006), the Australian Open (2008) and French Open (2012 & 2014). During the Summer 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was awarded the Silver Medal for Women’s Singles Tennis.

Sharapova holds a number of firsts for her native Russia. She is the first Russian to win the Australian Open and the only Russian to win multiple Grand Slams.

As an international icon, Sharapova garners worldwide press coverage - both on and off the court - with a dominating social media presence. She serves as an ambassador to many of the world’s top luxury brands and a number of Fortune 500 companies.

In 2012, Sharapova flexed her entrepreneurial muscles and debuted her eponymous couture candy collection, Sugarpova. A portion of Sugarpova’s proceeds go towards the Maria Sharapova Foundation, which helps children around the world achieve their dreams. In 2007, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and has donated significant contributions to Chernobyl-related projects in her native country.