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Multiple grand slam tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams, along with an A-list cast of business leaders, media figures, creative executives, politicians and doctors, serve up a book that every aspiring professional (no matter their field) should read: COME TO WIN: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers; $25.99/$33.99 Can.; Hardcover; ISBN 13: 9780061718250; on-sale: June 29, 2010).
Edited with journalist Kelly E. Carter, it is a book of wisdom that shows how to turn a sports background into successes off the field.
Venus Williams knows what it takes to be a winner. Combining talent, drive and hard work, she has mastered the game of tennis. But how does that drive serve her off the court, and how will she put it to use in her post professional tennis career? For inspiration, Venus turned to nearly 50 business leaders, politicians, doctors and artists, all of whom previously played competitive sports and who now operate at the top of their field, and asked them the essential question: What principles that inspired you toward success as an athlete are helpful in life? In business?
Here an A-list of visionaries, including Ken Chenault, Meg Whitman, Phil Knight, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Bradley, Vera Wang, Marcus Samuelsson and Bill Clinton, respond with a useful array of tips woven through anecdotes from their athletic past that have been instrumental in their post-sports life success, such as:
· How visualizing a course of action before it happens has helped them “see” their success ahead of them
· How they learned to turn losses into learning tools
· How figuring out who best plays what position in a sports team environment, when applied to a work environment, translates into profitable results
· How being able to juggle a demanding sports schedule with school helped them become extremely organized and effective with time-management later on
· How learning how to block out distractions has helped them focus on the tasks at hand and the goals ahead
· How learning that there is no substitute for preparation has helped them with building their foundation
· How competitive sports prepares people to take on leadership positions, especially women. *See article from the New York Times on this topic: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/health/16well.html?scp=2&sq=women and sports&st=cse
The advice in COME TO WIN is something every manager and aspiring professional will want to read. It is also an indispensable tool for parents and coaches looking to build confidence and discipline in their children.
Venus Williams also reflects on what she has learned from her own coaches, including her father and mother, and how their wisdom contributes to her own remarkable achievements, including the launch of her own businesses, V-Starr Interiors, an interior design firm and EleVen, an athletic clothing line. COME TO WIN will be promoted with events and media starting on July 6 and in conjunction with her USTA tour leading up to the US Open (Aug. 30-Sept. 12, 2010).
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Venus Williams became a professional tennis player at age 14, beating the No. 50 player in the world in her first match. The first African-American to reach the No. 1 ranking as a professional in either the men’s or women’s game, Williams continues to be ranked at the very top of the professional rankings. She graduated cum laude with a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and went on to partner with national retail chain Steve and Barry’s to launch her athletic and casual clothing line EleVen by Venus Williams. In June 2009, Forbes magazine named Venus Williams one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. In addition to her professional tennis victories, her interior design firm V Starr Interiors designed the set of PBS’s Tavis Smiley show, the Olympic athletes' apartments as part of the recent U.S. bid package for the 2012 Olympic Games, and private residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Fla., area. A multiple Grand Slam singles champion and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Williams resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Venus Williams’ website is: http://www.venuswilliams.com/.
Co-author Kelly E. Carter is a former sportswriter at USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, Orange County Register and other newspapers. She segued into entertainment reporting with a correspondent position at People before adding travel and food writing to her repertoire. A contributing editor at Elite Traveler and a freelance writer, she currently writes about lifestyles, celebrities and business and appears regularly on the Travel Channel. She lives in her native Los Angeles.
COME TO WIN:
Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession
Edited by Venus Williams, with Kelly E. Carter
ISBN 13: 9780061718250
$25.99/$33.99 Can./Hardcover, 384 pages
On-sale: June 29, 2010
Also available in these formats:
E-Book/HarperCollins e-books; ISBN 13: 9780062002839; $19.99/$12.99 Agency
Downloadable Audio Book/HarperAudio; ISBN 13: 9780061988813; $24.99