It's important to empower and create a positive environment.

She’s widely regarded as one of the all-time greats in tennis. With her younger sister, Serena Williams in a best supporting role, she’s helped usher in a new era of power, athleticism and marketability to the women's professional circuit. Her duality as a successful athlete and entrepreneur can be measured by championships and sales figures, but she would tell you her greatest impact has been made through her activism for gender equality in professional sports.

Venus Williams is one of the busiest people in sports business. She’s the CEO of her own athleisure company, Eleven by Venus Williams, and CEO of her commercial interior design business, VStarr Interiors (she’s also a minority owner in the Miami Dolphins). For her, it’s important to have life balance, where she’s committed to a plant-based diet, and loves to dance.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Tennis Star and Entrepreneur

Show Notes

2:10 Staying on your toes in a fast pace environment
4:00 Empathy on the court and in the boardroom
6:55 The ideal day and rounding out your life
9:05 Health, fitness, nutrition, and performance
12:35 Sjögren's Syndrome and traveling tips
15:55 Early childhood and education
18:55 Breaking down the technicals of tennis
22:20 Homescreen apps
24:40 Building a social audience
26:45 Process and vision to building a product
31:40 Exit strategies and strategic partnerships
33:10 Sources for inspiration
36:50 How to be authentic
40:45 Positioning business for the future