49th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast
You are cordially invited to the 49th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast on January 17, 2020. This year promises to be an inspiring event that honors the legacy of Dr. King.
Christine Simmons, Chief Operating Officer for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is our Keynote Speaker and 2020 YMCA Brotherhood Award recipient. Previously, Simmons served as the President & Chief Operations Officer of the three-time WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks. Prior to becoming Sparks President and COO, Simmons served as Executive Vice President of Magic Johnson Enterprises where she led the day-to-day operations of the Sparks throughout the team’s first season. Simmons also serves on the advisory councils for Women in Sports and Events and Next Play Capital. She previously served as Board President of the UCLA Alumni Association and is a member of the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Directors and the UC Regents. In October 2018, Ebony magazine included her in its “Power 100” list of inspiring African Americans.
Dan Guerrero, UCLA Director of Athletics, is our 2020 YMCA Human Dignity Award Recipient. Guerrero has led the Bruins for 17 years, making him the second-longest-tenured sitting athletic director in the NCAA Power Five Conferences. The Bruins have won 32 NCAA team championships in 15 different sports during Guerrero's tenure – the most under any sitting NCAA Division I athletic director – and he was at the department's helm when UCLA Athletics became the first to win 100 NCAA team championships. UCLA's academic accomplishments under Guerrero are equally noteworthy. The UCLA student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is currently at an all-time high 90%, while the Academic Progress Rates (APR) remain among the tops in the country.
Beverly White, general assignment reporter for NBC4 News, is our Master of Ceremonies. White is an accomplished journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, covering a wide variety of breaking local and national stories for NBC4.
Please RSVP to Wendy Menchaca at or at 213 351 2205.
Brotherhood Award Recipient
Christine Simmons is the Chief Operating Officer for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Previously, Ms. Simmons served as the President & Chief Operations Officer of the three-time WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks. Celebrating its 22nd season in Los Angeles, the Sparks are one of three founding teams from the league’s inception in 1997 and tout the last championship won by a professional franchise with their 2016 win. Read more...
Human Dignity Award Recipient
Seventeen years and 32 NCAA Championships later, Dan Guerrero’s mantra of ‘image and substance’ has clearly been established at a level that few others in his profession can approach. At the department’s helm when UCLA Athletics became the first to 100 NCAA team championships, the Bruins' current total of 118 NCAA titles ranks second in the nation. UCLA teams have also finished second 29 times and have totaled 130 Top 5 NCAA finishes. Read more...