Women’s Sports Foundation Founder Billie Jean King has announced her new initiative, the Billie Jean King Leadership Institute (BJKLI), launching today with a symposium and gala at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The diversity and leadership not-for-profit organization was created to address the critical issues required to achieve inclusive leadership that will lead to significant changes in how women and men operate in the world. Founded on the three pillars of “Lift, Learn and Lead,” the BJKLI plans to ignite a transformation in the conversation through these pillars: lift through action and advocacy, learn through research and innovation, and lead through insight and empowerment.
“Across the globe there is a tremendous amount of untapped human potential due, in many instances, to unconscious bias,” said King in a statement released today. “We need leaders – in both the public and private sectors – to look at differences in the workplace through a lens where individuals are embraced for their unique contributions rather than judged, discounted or alienated for what makes them different.”
For more than forty years, King has been a legendary sports icon and a transformative human rights advocate. Her creation of and steadfast dedication to both the Women’s Sports Foundation and World Team Tennis has provided countless opportunities for women in sports and in leadership. The Billie Jean King Leadership Institute is the natural next chapter for her and we applaud her desire to continue to affect change on the court, in the classroom and in the board room.
Learn more about the Billie Jean King Leadership Institute here.