UBS Honors Billie Jean King With Its Trailblazer Award
NEW YORK -- March 28, 2014
UBS is pleased to bestow its inaugural Trailblazer Award to Billie Jean King,
a true champion of social change and equality.
The award, given by UBS Americas, recognizes an individual, who through their
remarkable leadership, strength of character and talent, has paved the way for
all women. The Trailblazer Award is intended to focus attention on the kind of
leadership necessary to catalyze social change and greater equality for women
around the world.
A 20-time Wimbledon champion and former No.1 tennis player in the world, Ms.
King has used her profile as a platform to advocate for change. Her
accomplishments are legendary.
Ms. King was a catalyst for the birth of women’s professional tennis as one of
nine women who broke away from the establishment in 1970 and founded the
Women’s Tennis Association in 1973. She also created the Women’s Sports
Foundation, which advocates for and funds the participation of women and girls
in sports and physical activity. Additionally, she co-founded World Team
Tennis: a trailblazing co-ed professional tennis league. Ms. King continues to
lead today as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and
Nutrition, a co-founder of GreenSlam, an environmental initiative for the
sports industry, and as a board member of several non-profits including the
Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Andy Roddick Foundation.
“Among the many things that are so impressive about Billie Jean as a leader
and trailblazer is her lifelong dedication to challenging and changing things
that most people would just accept,” said UBS Wealth Management Americas
Client Strategy Officer Paula Polito, who presented the award at The UBS
Women’s Leadership program, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York.
“On behalf of UBS and my colleagues across the firm, I am proud to recognize
Billie Jean King as a remarkable leader,” UBS Group Americas CEO Bob McCann
said in a statement. “Thank you for using your voice to help other women find
UBS seeks to advance leadership opportunities for women and promote the
development of senior women in the financial services industry.
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