Who are we?
BJKLI is a leadership and diversity not-for-profit, founded by Billie Jean King in 2014. The BJKLI 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.
Billie Jean King’s life has been dedicated to fighting injustice and discrimination worldwide. Billie Jean is a shining example of a woman who possessed the innate dedication and determination to achieve goals, break boundaries and crush stereotypes on her path to becoming one of the world’s most celebrated athletes. Nearly four decades ago, she embarked on a journey of equality and respect for women in sports. Today, Billie Jean is embarking on a new phase of her journey of inclusion with an understanding and direction no less profound than her actions of 40 years ago.
Note from Our Founder
The amount of untapped human potential in our world is enormous, yet in so many places, challenges like race, gender, and sexuality are used to discriminate against men and women and prevent them from reaching their full potential. The Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative was founded as part of an effort to challenge the way these differences are seen, and encourage companies, corporations and individuals to embrace those with diverse personalities and lifestyles for the positive and unique contributions they bring to the workforce. Our three pillars – Lift, Learn, and Lead – are dedicated to inspiring future leaders, where we hope to motivate people and those in positions of power to promote diverse identities and challenge the status quo. With your help, we can reach the next generation, and together we will build a more inclusive, respectful society.