"I have a job because of this woman," Venus Williams said of Billie Jean King late last month.
In coordination with an array of Philadelphia-based sports teams and female leaders in the space, King and Williams spoke from a stage about a range of topics on July 26.
The conversation took place at Saint Joseph's University, with King and Williams joined by Lindsey Harding, the first-ever female assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team, and Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers NHL franchise and Wells Fargo Center (where both the Flyers and Sixers play).
''Sometimes you start somewhere and you end somewhere else you hadn't planned on," Williams, 39, told their captive audience, as reported by The Score.
''You never know how you're going to touch another person's life or how they're going to touch yours,'' King, now 75, said in the conversation. King and Williams first met when the latter was 10, circa 1990.
Venus and sister Serena Williams joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative in April 2018, in a symbolic move on Equal Pay Day.
Philly may be the City of Brotherly Love, but on this day among many others, sisters ruled the market. And it doesn't have to be framed as a competition among genders, as King, Williams, and their peers tell it. When equality and equity are in play—in sports, in boardrooms, and other venues—a vintage adage rings true. "All boats rise."