Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation CEO Peter Palandjian Honors Tennis Legend Billie Jean King as Champion of Equality

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Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation CEO Peter Palandjian Honors Tennis Legend Billie Jean King as Champion of Equality

Peter Palandjian, CEO and LAANE board member of Intercontinental Real Estate Corp., and Eliza Dushku Palandjian at the City of Justice Awards

BOSTON – Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation CEO Peter Palandjian presented tennis legend and gender equality advocate Billie Jean King with the Champion of Equality Award at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) City of Justice Awards.

The City of Justice Awards, California’s premier progressive event, attracts elected officials, entertainment executives, labor leaders, philanthropists, business owners and activists and honors outstanding leaders who improve the lives of working families.

The award is a testament to Billie Jean King’s monumental contribution to women’s tennis, particularly her groundbreaking efforts to ensure equal prize money for male and female athletes. King’s historic triumph over Bobby Riggs in the legendary Battle of the Sexes in 1973 not only shattered gender stereotypes, but also cemented her status as a pioneer in promoting gender equality in sports. Palandjian, a LAANE board member and two-time City of Justice Award winner, beamed with pride as he honored the tennis legend. Peter Palandjian is also a former professional tennis player and was ranked 175th in the world. Palandjian and King share a common bond on their path to tennis stardom, as both won their first professional titles at the Irish Open.

Beyond her achievements on the court, Billie Jean King’s legacy extends to founding the Women’s Tennis Association, co-founding the groundbreaking co-ed team sports league World TeamTennis and founding the influential Women’s Sports Foundation. Her unwavering commitment to equality is further demonstrated by the creation of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. Her remarkable advocacy earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2009, recognizing her significant contributions to women and the LGBT community.

LAANE is an organizing and advocacy institution committed to economic, environmental and racial justice. The organization connects community and workforce to achieve policies that improve the lives of working families in Los Angeles and Long Beach. LAANE’s vision is to help build a new economy based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment for all. LAANE fights for change through community organizing, community and labor coalition building, research, communications and policy work.

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is headquartered in Boston.

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