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Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and a co-founder of World Team Tennis.
A friend of Sir Elton’s for over 40 years, in 2014 Billie Jean and her partner Ilana Kloss brought the hugely successful Smash Hits tennis event to London’s Albert Hall to raise awareness and over £700,00 for the Foundation’s work in Africa.
Billie Jean has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 2014, in partnership with Teneo, she launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace. She founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association.
Billie Jean serves on the board of EJAF USA and is patron of the Foundation in the UK. She serves on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Andy Roddick Foundation.