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Serena Williams            

Iconic Tennis Player, Entrepreneur

Serena Williams embodies style, power, beauty and courage. Like numerous A-list celebrities, Serena is recognized by the mere mention of her first name. Her remarkable tennis skills have sky-rocketed her to fame, but only her unique charm and drive could explain her successful endeavors outside of tennis in film, television, fashion and philanthropy.

Considered one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time in a career hampered by numerous injuries, Serena has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, and is only the fifth woman in history to do so.

The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. The five-time Wimbledon singles champion has also earned Olympic Gold Medals, most recently in the London 2012 Games.Williams became only the second woman and fourth tennis player in history to accomplish what's known as the "Golden Slam," winning all four of the sport's majors and Olympic singles gold.

Also passionate about fashion, Serena runs her own line of designer apparel called "Aneres"—her first name spelled backward. In 2009 she launched a signature collection of handbags and jewelry called Signature Statement, which is sold on the Home Shopping Network.

Serena is also deeply committed to philanthropic causes. She visits schools and hospitals, and conducts tennis clinics for at-risk youth. She helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. She is a supporter of the Special Olympics and the Arthur Ashe Foundation, and has also worked with other groups addressing learning disabilities, ovarian cancer, homelessness and literacy programs.

Her tennis ability combined with her off-court activity makes her one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world–an icon.

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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.



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