‘Promoter of Gender Equality,’ Decorated Olympian Venus Williams to headline North Carolina’s Guilford College Bryan Series

Former world No. 1 ranked tennis player, singles and doubles, and seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, is set to be the first speaker of the 2022-2023 Guilford College Bryan Series.

Known for her achievements in, and influence on, the sports industry, UNESECO’s first Promoter of Gender Equality will partake in a moderated conversation with Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) executive director and former president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Katrina Adams.

Williams will recount some of her remarkable life stories, highlighting some of her life-changing experiences as an investor, business owner, change agent, and humanitarian.

“As always, we aim to educate and entertain and to provide information that will be interesting to all who attend Bryan Series programs,” said Ty Buckner, Interim Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Guilford College.

For more than 25 years, the Guilford College Bryan Series has served as a world-class educational and cultural experience for students, faculty and staff of the College and residents of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hosted by the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro, tickets are available to the public at the box office.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Buckner.

“We are really excited,” he said, speaking about the lecture series that features world-renowned speakers presenting ideas, personal histories, enlightening insights, and vital global concepts.

A graduate of Indiana University East and the Art Institute’s fashion design program, Williams currently serves as Chief Brand Officer for self-care product company, Asutra,

Alongside her sister Serena, Venus recently became an active investor in the social trading, community-based investing app, Shares. The two also serve as brand ambassadors for the one-stop platform for any investor to make trades, better manage their portfolio, and discuss opportunities with friends and family.

An advocate for equitable opportunities for women in sport and business and oldest of the two tennis playing sisters, 20 years ago Williams founded V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, after obtaining an Interior Decorator certification.

In 2012 she launched the fashion-forward activewear brand, EleVen by Venus Williams, in recent years partnering with Credo Beauty to debut an award-winning line of clean, mineral-based SPF products under the EleVen by Venus umbrella two years ago.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2011, Williams co-founded superfood nutrition brand Happy Viking “to give everyone the opportunity to be healthy, feel good, and live their dreams.”

“Venus is an incredible entrepreneur, and in getting to know her and the team she’s put together behind Happy Viking, it was clear to Kevin Durant and I that the company has set itself up for success,” said Rich Kleiman of Thirty Five Ventures. Williams is scheduled to join THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BANKING conference in New York City, later this month.

Named UNESCO’s first Promoter of Gender Equality in 2006, in more recent times, Williams heavily supports the Yetunde Price Resource Center and has partnered with nutritious energy food brand Clif Bar to create a connection to the outdoors with Outdoor Afro and to fund HJTEP tennis programs that serve underprivileged children.

“It is our duty to empower youth at a grassroots level, especially when we can pair education with sport,” Williams told Sports Illustrated earlier this year.

In addition to the lecture series event featuring Venus Williams, Guilford College students will have the opportunity to engage Adams during a careers in sports and business Q&A on campus earlier in the day.

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