Tennis Legend Venus Williams is Next Great Names Guest
Legendary tennis champion, New York Times bestselling author, and entrepreneur Venus Williams will be the next guest in Hamilton’s Sacerdote Great Names series on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The event will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. They will be available in late February.
Venus Williams has made a lasting impact on and off the court with her entrepreneurship, advocacy, and fight for equality. Formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, she has won seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon championships, and four Olympic gold medals. One of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports, she has been a steadfast advocate for equal pay, women’s empowerment, and social justice. Williams is also the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Win. She shares her insights in motivational speaking events for groups including Capital One, Ernst & Young, Infor, Gannett, and many others.
Free tickets for Hamilton College students, staff, and alumni will be available on February 15, 2024, with a provided promo code. Free tickets for the general public and large groups will be available on February 26, 2024 (no promo code needed). General public tickets will be limited to 2 per person.
A livestream option will be available for members of the Hamilton community with a My Hamilton account.
Heralded for her innovative business acumen, Williams is the founder of V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, as well as the plant-based protein company Happy Viking. Additionally, she serves as the Chief Brand Officer to Asutra, a wellness self-care brand that provides various natural and organic products. Williams recently served as the executive producer on the Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. biopic King Richard, which told the story of her father’s impact on her childhood and career as she and her sister, Serena, became tennis icons and changed the sport for generations to come.
Venus Williams has been honored with Variety’s “Power of Women” Award and as Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” and ESPN’s “WTA Player of the Year.” She earned the CARE Impact Award for Gender Equality and has been named one of Forbes’ “Celebrity 100.” Most recently, Williams has received the inaugural US Open Billie Jean King Champion of Equality Award, acknowledging her continued dedication to promoting equality and leveling the playing field for athletes.
The Sacerdote Series is named in recognition of a significant gift from the family of Alex Sacerdote, a 1994 Hamilton graduate. Other speakers in the series have included Tina Fey, Aretha Franklin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Derek Jeter, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Jon Stewart, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Susan Rice, F.W. deKlerk, and David Cameron.
The planned Great Names series appearance of actor and philanthropist Matthew McConaughey at Hamilton College originally scheduled for Thursday, April 18, has been postponed due to a conflict with filming for a new McConaughey movie. Organizers are working to reschedule his visit for a date in the fall. A new Great Names guest for April 18 will be announced soon.