August 19 Closing Keynote

Venus Williams

Legendary tennis champion, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author Venus Williams has always been a steadfast advocate for equality. Keynote host Roman Mars will interview Venus about the need for change, purpose-driven leadership, transformation, and resilience.

Venus Williams


With seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon championships, and four 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, she quickly took the world of tennis by storm rising to the top-ranked position, breaking countless records, and winning numerous championships.

Venus is the Founder of 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. 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 her plant-based protein company, Happy Viking, which launched in December 2020.

In 2009, Venus and 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, Venus 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 that led Wimbledon to award women players the same pay as their male counterparts. 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.

Venus Williams Keynote: The Need for Change
August 19 at 4:20pm