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Venus Williams to Speak at ATD24


The tennis champion and entrepreneur will be the closing keynote at the Association for Talent Development’s 2024 International Conference & EXPO.

(Alexandria, VA) November 28, 2023—Venus Williams, tennis champion and serial entrepreneur, will deliver the closing keynote at the Association for Talent Development’s 2024 International Conference & EXPO in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 22, 2024.

Williams has accumulated seven Grand Slam single titles and four Olympic gold medals. Along with her illustrious tennis career, she is a steadfast advocate for equality. In 2007, her unwavering fight led Wimbledon to award women players the same pay as their male counterparts, and her current Privilege Tax Initiative with her lifestyle brand EleVen by Venus Williams is dedicated to closing the gender wage gap, furthering her fight for equity across industries.

Williams has parlayed her fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit into two successful design ventures, and multiple businesses across industries. She founded V Starr, a full-service commercial and residential design firm, her fashion-forward lifestyle brand, EleVen by Venus Williams, and plant-based protein company, Happy Viking. Williams also holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East and an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

At ATD24, Williams will share her journey to the top of her game, and how she has become an inspirational leader both on and off the court. As an athlete and entrepreneur, Venus has overcome barriers through resilience, focus, and innovation, built her brand, and continues to give back.


The ATD International Conference & EXPO is the largest and best attended event for the talent development profession. The 2024 conference, which will be offered in person and virtually, provides world-class speakers, thought leadership, and unprecedented networking and collaboration opportunities.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit Early bird rates end January 5, 2024. Follow conference activity with #ATD24 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led US chapters and international member networks and with international strategic partners.

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