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Venus Williams is the next speaker headed to Hamilton College

CLINTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Another recognizable icon has been named to speak at Hamilton College this spring.

Tennis champion, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author, Venus Williams is set to be the next guest in Hamilton College’s Sacerdote Great Names series. She will be at the college on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

Matthew McConaughey was originally supposed to speak that day, but had to reschedule due to a movie filming conflict.

Hamilton College says they are looking to reschedule him in the fall.

The event will be free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They will be available in late February. You can find them here.

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, says Hamilton College.

Williams has worked towards social justice, equal pay, and women’s empowerment. She is the founder of V Starr, a full-service residential and commercial design firm. She also owns Happy Viking, a plant-based protein company.

She is chief brand officer with Asutra, a self-care brand for 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,” said Hamilton College.

On top of that, she has been recognized and honored by 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, according to Hamilton College.

Other notable names that have spoken at Hamilton College for the Great Names series include:

  • Hillary Clinton – Former Secretary of State
  • Tina Fey – Actress, writer, producer
  • Derek Jeter – Former New York Yankees captain
  • David Cameron – Former UK Prime Minister
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson – American astrophysicist and director of Hayden Planetarium
  • Jon Stewart – Award-winning comedian
  • Madeleine Albright – Secretary of State
  • Aretha Franklin – Grammy-winning artist
  • Jimmy Carter – 39th United States President
  • Bill Clinton – 42nd United States President
  • Elie Wiesel – Holocaust survivor, author
  • B.B. King – Blues guitarist, artist
  • Margaret Thatcher – UK Prime Minister
  • F.W. de Klerk President of South Africa
  • Al Gore – Former Vice President of the United States

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