As the #17 tennis player in the world by its nature was a lesson in how to Win4Life. A dynamic speaker, media trainer and award-winning athlete development specialist, Allen works with corporations, colleges, nonprofits, and individuals to inspire and teach the life-skills needed to be a winner “off the playing field.” Through Win4Life Enterprises she shares her passion to educate, empower and lead.
Allen is an honors graduate of the University of Southern California, with a degree in speech communications She is an ATA, NCAA, and WTA champion who maintained a top twenty world ranking in singles. When Allen won the singles title at the Avon Championships of Detroit in 1981, she made history as the first African American woman to win a major pro tournament since Althea Gibson’s 1957 US Open victory.
An International Tennis Hall of Fame honoree and member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, off court Allen has worn many hats; including a winning Division I collegiate women’s varsity head coach, a television commentator, a Kraft Tour global media director, and a top 20 player representative on the WTA board and director of Development and Public Relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
In 2002 she founded the Leslie Allen Foundation which gives young people insights into the 100+ careers behind the scenes in pro tennis, and teaches them how to be winners on and off the playing field.