In Conversation with Venus Williams
In this moving and personal conversation with legendary tennis icon Venus Williams, she shares her journey to the top of her game, and how she has become an inspirational leader both on and off the court. As an athlete and entrepreneur, Venus has overcome barriers through resilience, focus, and innovation, built her brand, and continues to give back. She shares her unmatched insights in this memorable talk.
Women’s Empowerment: One Woman’s Success is Everyone’s Success
In this uplifting talk, legendary athlete Venus Williams shares the lessons she learned from her mom growing up – celebrating her individuality and having the confidence to do what’s right. To overcome obstacles in the workplace and in our lives, Venus offers motivational strategies for creating empowerment – both for ourselves and in community – and shares her powerful message that one woman’s success is everyone’s success.
Cultivating Innovation in Business
Tennis icon Venus Williams shares her journey as a founder of numerous successful and innovative businesses in this sought-after talk. Venus touches on developing grit and resilience, tapping into your mission to build success, and amplifying important issues to give back.
Health & Wellness: A Holistic Approach
As a world-renowned athlete, Venus Williams is an expert in peak performance. So, when she received a diagnosis for Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease, she leveraged her background to create a holistic approach to manage her chronic illness and continue to thrive. Her nutrition company Happy Viking is a part of her strategy to create holistic solutions not only for herself, but for the world, and she shares her health and wellness insights in this uplifting talk.
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 offers major inspiration at Google’s ‘I Am Remarkable’ week
One of the all-time tennis greats VENUS WILLIAMS joined Talks at Google for their empowering ‘I Am Remarkable’ week event and made a major impact. In the engaging and authentic talk, Venus offered her insights into her extraordinary careers – as a tennis icon, serial entrepreneur, and a groundbreaking advocate for equal pay. Through the obstacles she face, she brought her celebrated grit, resilience, and perseverance, and illuminates those lessons in her motivational message.
As she does in every sought-after event, Venus offers so many quotable takeaways - “It’s always nice when people believe you in, but it’s even better when you believe in yourself.” Whether sharing historic moments on the court, strategies for success in business, or health and wellness wisdom, the New York Times bestselling author resonates with diverse audiences and across industries. A gifted speaker, Venus is able to unpack her incredible journey in a relatable way, creating a true connection with the audience and leaving a lasting impact.
Venus Williams fights for pay equality on and off the court, inspired by her mom
Legendary tennis champion and entrepreneur VENUS WILLIAMS has been a steadfast advocate for equality throughout her career and continues to make an impact in her business ventures. At the beginning of her meteoric rise, Venus spoke out and inspired Wimbledon to award male and female players equally. As she does in compelling moderated conversations, Venus has written powerful op-ed pieces for Vogue and Newsweek, speaking to how sexism has impacted her life and the role we can all play in creating more equitable workplaces and communities.
Through her fashion and lifestyle brand EleVen, Venus has launched an awareness initiative called the #PrivilegeTax – inspiring customers to ‘opt in’ to the equal pay movement. Proceeds from these donations support Girls Inc., a charity committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Venus was honored with Variety’s Power of Women award, and celebrated her mom’s influence on her values and her success. From a young age, her mom encouraged Venus and her sisters to celebrate their individuality and be confident in doing the right thing. In her sought-after speaking engagements, she speaks from her unique perspective as both an icon athlete and a business leader about the gender pay gap, how to create equal opportunities, and the role we can all play in creating change.
Happy Viking Founder Venus Williams shares her holistic approach to wellness in informative and engaging conversations
Unstoppable entrepreneur and tennis icon VENUS WILLIAMS is celebrated for her holistic approach to wellness and fitness. Following her diagnosis with a rare autoimmune disease in 2011 – Sjogren’s Syndrome – Venus launched Happy Viking. Happy Viking, a plant-based protein and nutrition company, has been an immediate success and raised over $2M in investment funding. This innovative venture speaks to Venus’ finely-tuned business acumen – leveraging her background as a peak performance athlete and sharing her health journey have aligned perfectly for success.
Being a world-renowned athlete gives Venus a unique perspective on what it takes – and how it feels – to be in peak condition. And through her advocacy work speaking out about living with a chronic illness, Venus brings additional insight and perspective to conversations about fitness, health, and wellness. An incredibly gifted speaker, she shares authentically and creates a relatable, uplifting, and absolutely memorable conversation for audiences of all kinds.
Tennis legend Venus Williams leads on and off the court as a businessperson of vision and strong financial acumen
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 innovative businesses, and she is profiled in 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Most recently, Venus served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award-winning Warner Brothers biopic King Richard, which detailed the influence her father and coach, Richard Williams, had on her childhood and careers as she became a tennis icon and changed the sport for generations to come.
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 Variety’s “Power of Women”, Glamour Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year,’ CARE Impact Award for Gender Equality, 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.