Activism and Equality: What Needs to Change
A steadfast advocate for equality throughout her career, Williams shares her story with audiences about how sexism has impacted her life, then expands to the issues many women face. Empowering audiences with the tools they need to take action, she encourages listeners to make change and stand up for what’s right. Touching on issues such as the wage gap, equal opportunities, representation, and more, Williams tackles gender inequality in her moving, passionate discussions.
Venus Williams Leads On and Off the Court
Tennis superstar VENUS WILLIAMS is just as much a champion in the boardroom as she is on the court. She has made waves in the business world as a founder of several successful and disruptive businesses and headlines in such outlets as Forbes and CNBC as a businessperson of immense vision and strong financial acumen.
Williams is the Founder of V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, EleVen by Venus, fashion-forward activewear brand, and Happy Viking, a plant-based protein company. In addition, she serves on the board of Zeel and NEP Group and as creative director of Asutra. She and her sister Serena are also the first African-American women to have a stake in an NFL franchise after joining the ownership group of the Miami Dolphins.
Williams understands the importance of a strong brand and a diverse portfolio. Her business interests are many, but she is deeply involved in and integral to the success of each. As an HWA speaker, Williams helps audiences step into their power as leaders and motivates them to accomplish their goals in business and in life.
Venus Williams is a legendary activist for equality
Legendary tennis champion, entrepreneur, and New York Times Bestselling author VENUS WILLIAMS has always been a steadfast advocate for equality throughout her career. She wrote a letter for equality in Vogue where she discussed how sexism plays out in her life and the lives of other women. Touching on the pay gap, equal opportunities, representation, childcare, and medical leave, she speaks from a place of experience and knowledge about the need for change. She covers these same ideas in her talks about equality, including a call to action for audiences to join her in making change. She also launched an awareness initiative called the #PrivilegeTax in conjunction with her brand EleVen to bring attention to the wage inequality and unveiled a platform of resources for young women to get inspired and address the issue on a grassroots level. Even way back in 2006, UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, titled her as the first “Promoter of Gender Equality,’ and in 2007 it was her unwavering fight which led Wimbledon to award women players the same pay as their male counterparts. Williams discusses her activism and equality in moving, passionate speeches that leave an impact on audiences and make waves for years to come.
With 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 Wimbledon championships and 4 Olympic gold medals, tennis champion Venus Williams is arguably one of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports.
Beginning her rise to the top at the age of 14, Williams quickly took the world of tennis by storm rising to the top-ranked position, breaking countless records, and winning numerous championships.
Not only is Williams a force on the court, the fashion community has taken notice of her bold sense of style with numerous recognitions, including landing on Vogue’s ‘Top 10 Best Dressed’ list and Sports Illustrated’s ‘Fashionable 50.’
Encouraged by her mother at an early age to explore her creative side, Williams enrolled in fashion school where she was instantly drawn into the world of fashion and interior design. True to her bold spirit, Williams parlayed her fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit into two successful design ventures.
In 2002, after obtaining an Interior Decorator certification, Williams founded V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, which recently announced their partnership with Airbnb partner, Niido to design their first-ever apartment complex.
Continuing with her love for design, Williams obtained an Associate of Science in Fashion Design and in 2012 she launched the fashion-forward activewear brand, EleVen by Venus Williams. In May 2020, Venus partnered with Credo Beauty to debut an award-winning line of clean, mineral-based SPF products under the EleVen by Venus umbrella, which recently expanded with their Perfect Form Lip Balms SPF 15 earlier this year. Her entrepreneurship in the health, wellness and beauty space also includes her role as Chief Brand Officer to Asutra and in December 2020, Williams launched her plant-based protein company, Happy Viking. She is also an ambassador PlantX, an online store for plant-based products.
Sticking to her entrepreneurial spirit, in 2009 Williams along with her sister, Serena became the first female African-Americans to have a stake in an NFL franchise after joining the ownership group of the Miami Dolphins. The following year, Venus published her motivational book, Come to Win which reached No. 5 on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Throughout her career, Williams has been a steadfast advocate for equality. In 2006, UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, titled her as the first “Promoter of Gender Equality.’ In 2007 it was her unwavering fight, which led Wimbledon to award women players the same pay as their male counterparts and most recently, she launched an awareness initiative called the #PrivilegeTax in conjunction with EleVen to bring attention to the wage inequality and unveiled a platform of resources for young women to get inspired and address the issue on a grassroots level.
Williams' achievements throughout her legendary career have merited her a plethora of additional accolades, including being honored as Glamour Magazine’s "Woman of the Year," ESPN’s "WTA Player of the Year," and Forbes’ "Celebrity 100" among others. In September 2009, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored Williams with the Americanism Award for publicly speaking up for Israeli player Shahar Pe'er who was barred from the Dubai tennis tournament.
Williams holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East and an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.