Milestones Luncheon Guest Speaker

Simone Biles

Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast—male or female—in World Championships history, and is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. Biles is the first female African-American All-Around World Champion.

Biles’s influence transcends sports, as she was included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list 2017, and was the youngest person ever named to TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year finalist list in 2016. Biles has competed on Dancing with the Stars and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show, Lip Sync Battle and more.

In and out of foster care with her siblings as a child, Biles was adopted by her grandparents at a young age. A major influence in her life, her parents introduced her to the sport of gymnastics at the age of six and in 2014 founded the World Champions Centre (WCC) in Spring, TX where Biles trains. Biles’s autobiography Courage to Soar was a New York Times Best Seller and was developed into an award-winning Lifetime film. Biles utilizes her platform to support initiatives that provide assistance and education for children and young adults involved with foster care and adoption.