2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate
Founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which promotes inclusion and equality in the workplace. Speaker Billie Jean King's strength and determination positively transformed women’s tennis. Organizations book Billie Jean King to learn about equality, the importance of connecting with others, and the opportunity for future generations to work in an inclusive environment.
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Sports Speaker Billie Jean King has had a positive impact on thousands of people over the past few decades, advocating equality and social justice. In fact, her determination opened many doors for both men and women in and out of sports. In 2014, she founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to promote inclusion and equality in the workplace.
As one of the best tennis players in history, Billie Jean King won 39 major tennis titles, including 12 Grand Slam. In 1970, she signed a $1 contract to create the Virginia Slims Series. This equal rights movement opened doors for other women who wanted to become professional tennis players. It also led to the creation of the Women’s Tennis Association.
Speaker Billie Jean King rose to prominence as a tennis player after defeating Bobby Riggs in a globally televised match in 1973. In 2020, BNP Paribas renamed the Fed Cup the Billie Jean King Cup. Two years later, Billie Jean obtained the French Legion of Honour. In 2021, Knopf published the book ALL IN: An Autobiography to tell the story of how Billie Jean King’s strength and determination positively transformed women’s tennis.
Life included her in their “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” list. Furthermore, Billie received several awards, such as the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. As a speaker, King helps her audiences find their purpose and stand up for excellent leadership, equality, and inclusivity.
King draws on her rich history in and out of sports to share a lifetime of breaking barriers and opening doors all in an effort to secure equal rights for all.
The living legend shares a lifetime of stories about equality, inclusion and the importance of connecting with others.
With the millennial generation expected to be 75% of the global workforce by 2025, King looks at the unique opportunity in the workplace for generations past, present and future to work together in an inclusive environment.
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