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Serena Williams        

Iconic Professional Tennis Player & Olympic Gold Medalist; Activist, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur

Serena Williams exemplifies courage, beauty, power and style. Her remarkable tennis achievements, combined with her off-court success in fashion, philanthropy and business, make her one of the most recognizable icons in the world and a powerful voice for women, mothers and future mothers. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2024.

Considered among the greatest tennis players of all time, Williams was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. She won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time.

Off the court, Williams established her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures in 2017, which focuses on investing in women and founders of color and has since built a portfolio of over 20 early-stage companies. Also in 2017, Williams launched her clothing label, S By Serena, which premiered at New York Fashion Week in 2019. A published author and executive producer, she introduced her multimedia production company, Nine Two Six Productions in 2023. The endeavor aims to elevate female and diverse voices through content that speaks to all.

Williams’ endorsements include Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, Pampers, Stuart Weitzman, Beats by Dre and Wheaties. Her HBO sports documentary series, "Being Serena," was nominated for a 2019 Peabody and 2019 MTV Movie and TV Award.

A dedicated advocate, Williams and her sister Venus helped found the Yetunde Price Resource Center in her hometown of Compton, California, in 2016. The Resource Center conducts community asset inventory and develops a comprehensive resource network designed to connect residents affected by violence with service providers.

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A Conversation With Serena Williams

One of the most talented and successful athletes of all time, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. She’s come back from major injuries to win international titles, and she’s persevered to become one of top tennis players in history.

An entrepreneur as well, Serena has also branched out off the court to pursue her love of fashion, running a successful line of clothing, handbags and jewelry. A conversation with Serena Williams offers audiences nationwide a rare up-close and personal perspective on world-class dedication, training, winning, success, risk taking, entrepreneurship, the importance of giving back.



Serena Williams says she intends to retire from tennis after the U.S. Open
Serena Williams, the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is retiring from tennis after this summer's U.S. Open. Williams, 40, announced her plan Tuesday on Vogue magazine's website.
Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged. Spokespeople for both Williams and Ohanian confirmed the news Thursday. The 33-year-old Ohanian popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome.
Serena Williams: 'I'm not going to play tennis forever' - Sep. 14, 2016
Serena Williams said she's not going to play tennis forever so having a backup plan is crucial to life after her pro career.
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Serena Williams may have lost the No. 1 ranking, it's way too early to write her off yet, two of her main rivals said. It has been a lean year by Williams' lofty ...
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Serena Williams, too, was a teenage tennis prodigy, a precocious girl following her older sister Venus from Compton, California, to the sport's greatest stage.
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