Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One
by Katrina M. Adams
From the former President of the United States Tennis Association, the first Black woman and youngest person ever, comes a behind-the-scenes look at the professional skills involved in running the U.S. Open, the largest and most lucrative sports event in the world.
Katrina Adams is a multifaceted trailblazer. She had an astounding twelve-year professional tennis career and was the first Black woman and the youngest president to run a major U.S. sports organization. She has been instrumental in evolving the predominantly white “country club” sport to become more inclusive than it has ever been in its 135+ year history in her short 4-year term. Under Katrina’s leadership, the USTA opened its National campus in Orlando, Florida (64 acres and 100 tennis courts) and renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. She also spearheaded outreach to underserved communities of color and was named the chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee in 2018.
Now, Katrina captures her story of determination and leadership in Own the Room, her personal memoir rich in career advice for today’s major innovators. This boss girl draws back the curtain to reveal what some have described as planning 14 Superbowls—which would play out in two weeks.
Own the Room imparts valuable knowledge to women in the workforce—savvy ways to work together; honing career skills; improving negotiation skills; how to make your presence known; quiet exertion of leading and inspiring others; how to move in rooms where you may be the only person of color; how to motivate companies to diversify; working toward inclusion; making everyone feel special; and so much more. Through match points, clear, direct life lessons applicable to any field, readers will walk away with tangible steps they can take to grow their confidence, take the lead, and pay it forward. Katrina’s career trajectory is a story which will inspire millions, from Millennials as the make their way along the path of self-development, to CEOs committed to the many facets of diversity and inclusion, showing that with the right mindset and a solid game plan, one’s goals are always attainable.
- Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
- Biography & Autobiography / Sports
- Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success