Laila Ali, a four-time undefeated world boxing champion who appears frequently on network television programs, will discuss health, wellness and personal balance in a 7:30 p.m. lecture Monday, April 29, in Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
Her talk, sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, is free and open to the public. She will sign autographs following the lecture.
The title of Ali’s talk is “Be the Champion for Your Health.” Motivated by boxing to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, Ali encourages others to achieve their career dreams while fitting exercise into their daily routines. She offers advice on preventing diabetes, obesity and heart disease and encourages success in the areas of diet, fitness, family and relationships.
The daughter of Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porsche Anderson, Ali is a fitness and wellness expert whose boxing record included 24 wins (21 of them knockouts) and zero losses. She retired from the ring in 2007 as the super middleweight boxing champion of the world.
She has been a cast member on NBC’s reality program “Stars Earn Stripes,” host of ABC’s “Everyday Health,” a correspondent for CBS’s “The Early Show,” co-host of “American Gladiators,” and in 2007 made it to a final round of “Dancing With the Stars.”
She is the author of Reach, a motivational book for young women, and has promoted healthy eating and active living through appearances on Food Network’s “Emeril” and “Rachael Ray.”
The wife of former NFL wide receiver Curtis Conway and the mother of a 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, Ali was the 2012 “mombassador” for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, an event she has finished in 3 hours and 6 minutes.
Ali is a native of Miami and graduated from Santa Monica College with a degree in business management. The former owner of a salon in in southern California, she recently has launched lines of personal care as well as food products.