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2016 Trusteeship Retreat – Newport Beach – April 15 – 17

The 2016 Trusteeship Retreat began with the gorgeous Island Hotel in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. The resort was great to work with and extended great hospitality to the Retreat attendees!


Friday night was kicked off with a lovely, catered cocktail reception at the home of Julie Hill in Newport Coast. The gorgeous home was full of fun, food and laughter as all gathered to what was proving to be a very special weekend.

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On Saturday morning the Retreat attendees took private coaches to the University of California Irvine to the UCI MIND center where we enjoyed a special continental breakfast and presentation from Dean Frank LaFerla.

Other UCI Professors/Researchers were also on hand to speak to us about the latest research on Alzheimer’s, early signs and treatment.

Mahtab Jafari, Vice Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, followed Dean LaFerla’s talk and discussed how we can slow the aging process so that we may live longer, and disease-free.

And, yes, Lisa Bloom is holding a human brain!

Canaletto's collage

Back on the coaches, the Crew went to Fashion Island to Canaletto’s restaurant where we enjoyed a private Italian lunch and a great talk by The Trusteeship’s own Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with questions led by Lisa Bloom. Loretta shared with us her thoughts about the the up and coming elections, the fact that D.C. is in need for more women in Congress and in politics in general, as well as some insider insights such as: Some leaders running know that “fear spikes ratings” and that’s why they lead from this tactic; Men don’t recruit women to run for office; and, Women business leaders don’t invest in women to run for office. Some great food for thought.

Sheila's dinner

Our lovely dinner at Sheila Sonenshine’s ocean view home was absolutely stunning. Cocktails and mingling around the pool area and a tour of Sheila’s private art collection was very special. Dinner served in her private dining room was spectacular and warm which was followed by a Conversations presentation from Sheila and Linda LoRe about their Second Acts in their careers.

LEF Luncheon

The annual LEF Awards brunch was a perfect end to a great retreat. The LEF Empowerment Award was presented to OneSky founder, Jenny Bowen. Jenny was nominated for this award by our own Judy Miller and is such a wonderful complement to our LEF Awardees. To learn more about OneSky please check out their video: Here

The brunch was lovely and Claire Rothman announced the newly founded The Trusteeship Judy Miller Fund for Tostan Kids. Judy was a founder and an early president of The Trusteeship. She devoted many years of continuous love, service, strength and leadership to the organization. To honor her and her work as a global humanitarian, Trusteeship members are forming a legacy fund at Tostan, a non-profit that Judy discovered and put on the map. To read more about this fund click Here.


Either send a check to Tostan, 1301 Clifton Street NW, #300, Washington DC 20009. Designate: The Judy Miller Fund for Tostan Kids


Use a credit card at Push Donate. In the process, you will be asked if this is a tribute gift. Write in Judy Miller/Judy Miller Fund for Tostan Kids. You will be asked who Tostan should notify of the gift.

Please Indicate Julie Edwards, 2618 San Miguel Drive, Ste. 408, Newport Beach, CA 92660

We also enjoyed the following pictorial tribute to Judy Here.


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– Melinda