Women Take the Stage 2020



Women Take The Stage April 20, 2020


Carpenter Theatre Stage at Dominion Energy Center


Join us at Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts for RPAA’s 2nd annual WOMEN TAKE THE STAGE – a special luncheon featuring celebrity guest keynote speaker, Christine Simmons, as well as a diverse panel of Richmond area women. This intimate, plated luncheon will take place on the stage of the historic and beautiful Carpenter Theatre. Hosted by Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s Women’s Leadership Council, proceeds from this event benefit the educational programs of RPAA.

Dress code for this event is business attire.

Christine Simmons, COO The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER - CHRISTINE SIMMONS Born and raised in Southern California, Christine Simmons is a true California girl. In January of 2019, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars.org) named Christine Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer reporting directly to CEO Dawn Hudson. She joins leadership in collaborative efforts to fulfill and further the Academy mission, that is to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

Prior to joining the Academy, Christine served as the President and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks (a founding team of the WNBA), Executive Vice President of Magic Johnson Enterprises, as well as held senior positions at both Disney and NBC/Universal Studios.

A proud UCLA graduate, she serves as Alumni Regent on the UC Board of Regents, where she serves on the following committees: Finance and Capital Strategies, Diversity Advisory Committee to the CIO, Vice Chair - Public Engagement and Development, Investments & Basic Needs. She is immediate Past President and current Director on the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Her dedication to excellence and passion for giving back has earned her a number of honors including: Simmons was honored by the YMCA with their 2019 Brotherhood Award, named to the 2018 Ebony Power 100 list, the University of California President’s list of 2017 Remarkable Women of UC and the LA Business Journal’s 2016, 2017 & 2018 list of 500 most influential people in Los Angeles and a 2017 WISE LA Woman of Inspiration Award.



Women Take the Stage 2020 Moderator & Panelists



  • Suzanne Gardner (Chair)
  • Sally Bagley
  • Angela Cain
  • Teresa Chiocca
  • Natalie Garramone
  • Alison Monroe
  • Carli M. Nelson
  • Cherry Peters
  • Nikki A. Powell
  • Jackie Stone
  • Scott Warren

EVENT MANAGEMENT - Tunstall B. Willis, Grandeur & Grove Events



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