Have you been inspired lately? Do you want to meet a celebrity CEO and hear a remarkable human triumph story? Then we have a special treat for you — President of Los Angeles Sparks, Christine Simmons was the commencement speaker at Fremont University graduation on June 24th, 2017! You can view her speach in the video below. Christine has built a reputation as a leader in the big leagues: Executive VP of Magic Johnson Enterprises where “Magic” himself became her mentor; Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Manager at the Walt Disney Company; and Director of Supplier Diversity at NBCUniversal. Christine is a pillar of the LA sports community and the LA Business Journal’s 2016 list of 500 most influential people in Los Angeles.
More About Christine Simmons
Christine Simmons is President & Chief Operations Officer of the three-time WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks. Celebrating its 21st season in Los Angeles, the Sparks are one of three founding teams from the league’s inception in 1997 and are the reigning WNBA champions.
Simmons is in her third season leading all aspects of the team’s business operations including ticket and sponsorship sales and service, marketing, game operations, communications, community relations and finance.
Prior to joining the Sparks, she was an Executive Vice President with Magic Johnson Enterprises where she would evaluate investment opportunities and was responsible for business development. With over a decade of leadership experience in creating strategic alliances, leading business development and driving corporate initiatives, Christine has worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and multi-million dollar companies.
A proud UCLA graduate, she serves as President of the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association and was recently named one of the inaugural Remarkable Women of UC by UC Janet Napolitano.
She is an active member of the Los Angeles community, serving on the Board of Directors for the LA Sports Council, the Positive Coaching Alliance and on the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council. She was also named to the LA Business Journal’s 2016 list of 500 most influential in Los Angeles.
Her dedication and passion for giving back is illustrated by her role on the advisory council of Better Futures for Thomazeau, a grassroots organization that lends aid to impoverished communities in Haiti.