Venus Williams will speak at UA on April 12

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One of the most decorated athletes of our generation will be heading to UA next week.

Tennis star, equality advocate, Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will take part in a moderated Q&A with former host Danielle Musselman at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday, April 12 , AU officials announced this week.

From his biography:

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 sport. Not just a force in the field, Williams has leveraged her business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit in two successful design ventures: V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, and the style brand fashion-forward lifestyle and sportswear, EleVen by Venus Williams. Most recently, Venus served as executive producer of the Warner Brothers Oscar-winning biopic King Richard, which detailed the influence her father and coach, Richard Williams, had on her as she became a tennis icon and changed the sport for generations to come.

Throughout her career, Williams has been a strong advocate for equality. In 2006, UNESCO, the cultural organization of the United Nations, designated her as the first “promoter of gender equality”. In 2007 it was her unwavering fight that led to Wimbledon granting female players the same pay as their male counterparts and most recently in 2021 she launched an awareness initiative called #PrivilegeTax in conjunction with EleVen to draw attention to wage inequality and unveiled a platform of resources for individuals to get inspired and tackle the issue locally.

Williams’ appearance is sponsored by the Distinguished Lectures Committee through the Office of Student Activities, and is free and open to the public.

Past Distinguished Lecture Series speakers include Tan France, Ezra Klein, Tarana Burke, Laura Bush, Laverne Cox, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shirin Ebadi, W. Kamau Bell, Scott and Mark Kelly Abby Wambach, Maya Angelou, Condoleezza Rice , John Legend, and others.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Q&A will begin around 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities, [email protected] or call 479-575-5255.

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