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Naomi Osaka

2023 Speaker

NAOMI OSAKA, tennis icon, founder and serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist, has transformed the world of sports with her outspoken advocacy for racial justice and player wellbeing. With a career high ranking of No. 1 in the world, the four-time Grand Slam Singles Champion made history as the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam and the first Asian player to hold a top ranking. Osaka has used her platform to bring attention to racial inequality and police brutality. Osaka is the founder of KINLÒ, a functional skincare solution for melanated skin and underserved communities, the co-founder of sports representation company, EVOLVE and media company, Hana Kuma. Renowned for her advocacy for mental health, Osaka has partnered with Modern Health, a mental health resources company, as the company’s chief community health advocate. Her decision to take a break from tennis sparked an international conversation about the wellbeing of athletes, and of women of color in the workplace, and she became the leader of a movement for greater mental health care. Osaka has written powerful pieces for The New York Times, TIME, Esquire, and been profiled in countless publications, including Vogue, which heralded her as “the people’s champion.” She has been named to the TIME 100 three years in a row. She has been named a Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award as well as the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award, and was chosen as the AP Female Athlete of the Year, among numerous honors.

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