Billie Jean King
Tennis legend and closing keynote speaker Billie Jean King literally changed the playing field for women. Early in a stellar career that includes a record 20 Wimbledon titles, she successfully fought for equal prize money for men and women tennis players and helped to open opportunities for all professional female athletes. Her battle for gender equality was vividly played out in an epic match with Bobby Riggs, a win that forever altered the way parents viewed their daughters and how daughters viewed themselves. On the long list of King's groundbreaking achievements are the founding of the Women's Tennis Association, the Women's Sports Foundation, and Women's Sports Magazine, along with the co-founding of World TeamTennis. Her recent book, Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes, provides inspiring stories about the experiences shaping her success as a world-class athlete, activist, businesswoman, and mentor.