Advantage you: Billie Jean King on how perseverance pays off

Discover the power of perseverance and learn how to live like a champion every day. Join Billie Jean King, sports icon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for a private conversation with Roger Hobby, Executive Vice President of Private Wealth Management at Fidelity — followed by a Q&A session.

You’ll learn:

  • How King overcame adversity while adapting and learning along the way
  • Ways to find your personal mission in life and then go for it
  • Strategies for persevering and succeeding financially while pursuing your passions

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Billie Jean King
Sports Icon and Champion of Equality

Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for all genders in sports and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.

King was named one of the ‘100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century’ by Life Magazine and, in 2009, in recognition of her work as a social justice pioneer and her accomplishments in sports, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2020, King became the first woman to have an annual global team sports event named in her honor when Fed Cup, the women’s world cup of tennis, was rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup. Her forthcoming memoir, ALL IN: An Autobiography, will be published by Knopf in August 2021.

In 2014, King, and her partner Ilana Kloss, launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. In 2018, King and Kloss were named to the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers and in 2019 King’s deep Southern California roots were recognized with the opening of the Billie Jean King Main Library in her hometown of Long Beach, California. In 2020 King was honored with the release of the Billie Jean King Barbie doll, part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women Series, and joined the ownership groups of the Los Angeles Sparks and Angel City FC.

King grew up playing tennis in the California public parks and won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career. She helped form the Virginia Slims Series and founded the Women’s Tennis Association. She defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20, 1973.

In 2017, Fox Searchlight released the critically acclaimed film, Battle of the Sexes, starring Academy Award® winner Emma Stone as King and Academy Award® nominee Steve Carrell as Bobby Riggs, which depicts both players’ battles on and off the court as well as the cultural and social impact of the groundbreaking match.

In 1974 King co-founded World TeamTennis, the revolutionary professional team tennis league. That same year she also founded the Women’s Sports Foundation. In August 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court. In 2014 President Obama named King to the Presidential Delegation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2018 King received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. In 2019 ESPN established the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, which is presented annually at the network’s Sports Humanitarian Awards ceremony. King serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, is an adidas Global Ambassador and is a past member of the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a past member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Roger W. Hobby
Executive Vice President, Private Wealth Management Fidelity Investments

Roger leads a team of professionals focused on Fidelity’s high-net-worth clients and workplace executives to meet their investment and planning needs. He also heads the delivery of wealth planning and advice in our retail branches and oversees the branch innovation initiative.

Prior to his current position, Roger served as president of Fidelity’s Family Office Services group, where he was responsible for managing all strategy, sales, business development, technical product development, and relationship management for high-net-worth clients. He also has a number of leadership roles in sales and service.

In addition, Roger was president of the northeast region for Wilmington Trust, N.A., where he led the development of wealth advisory services for clients throughout the northeastern United States, including private banking, investment services, fiduciary services, and family office services.

Roger has passed the Series 6, 7, 8, 63, and 66 exams.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Alabama and completed Harvard Business School’s General Manager Program.

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