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Annual Dinner ~ New Member Reception – January 15, 2019

An unprecedented amount of Trusteeship sisters gathered at Fellow restaurant in Westwood, during torrential rains, to celebrate one another and our new Trusteeship members! Check out our video slide show here:

2019 Annual Dinner ~ New Member Reception

The reviews are in and the results are:  Fabulous Evening!

Taking a twist to our standard ceremony of introducing our new members, President, Karen Caplan, and Membership Chair, Miriam Muscarolas, let us all get acquainted with our newest members by asking each two questions.  Each was asked, “what was your first job?” and then each was asked a separate, fun question….and hearing the responses in our new member’s own words was not only fun, but a great way to share in their own personal warmth and voice.   A fun new process will will indeed repeat in years to come!

The evening also shared a running slideshow of the 2018 events photo collages as well as a slide show of individual mentions and details on all of our new members…all 15 of them!

2018 Holiday Parties

All Trusteeship members were invited to The Annual Holiday Parties! 109 members participated this year, which is a record in membership involvement.

The Trusteeship Holiday Parties were intimate gatherings with  fellow members and all could select one party our of the eight different parties offered.  All had a great time reconnecting and taking part in the holiday festivities.

PRISM – LA Opera – Cocktail Reception – December 1

Opera adventurers gathered at Trusteeship member Beth Morrison’s eclectic loft in DTLA’s Arts District for wine, food, and thought provoking discussion prior to heading to the Redcat theater for the premier of the riveting new opera – Prism – part of LA Opera’s Off Grand Series, produced in partnership with Beth’s company, Beth Morrison Projects.

Given that, since 2006, Beth Morrison Projects has been an industry disruptor at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning and producing groundbreaking new works by living composers, members anticipated an amazing out-of-the box experience. And, Prism did not disappoint. It was a highly emotional experience – shaking you to your very core, reported Billie Greer, who attended along with members Diane Ingram, Kathleen Brown, Jennifer Ferro, Wendy Garen, Paula Holt, Beth Morrison and Martha De Laurentiis. Composed by the extraordinarily talented Ellen Reid, the opera focuses on a young woman’s struggle with the aftershock of sexual assault that leaves her in a near-catatonic state and her excruciating journey to take back her life. Earning rave reviews, Prism will be performed in New York early in the new year, as part of Beth’s Prototype Festival, which showcases numerous contemporary opera and music theater projects. So if you missed Prism in LA, see it in NYC in January and let Beth know you’re coming.

London – Hadestown Weekend – November 8 – 12

The reveiws are in and are smashing! A group of eight Southern California Trusteeship members and some of their friends enjoyed a whirlwind excursion to London, England where the focus of the trip was catching the pre-release show of member Dale Franzen’s Hadestown!

The group had the opportunity to take tours, visit museums, eat in private clubs and took out a great slice of the London pie!  Here’s a glimpse of their itinerary:

Friday, November 9:  

  • 10:00 am Private tour of  the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington  and walk up to Royal Albert Hall. Kensington Gardens – depending on the weather more or less time with be outside on the walking tour:   2 hours
    • Tour guide is Rachel Pearson. Kathryn Pretzel Shiels will also join the tour and both will meet you at the museum.
    • Meet inside the Cromwell Road entrance to the V&A by the information desk, which is underneath the large blue Chihuly chandelier. As the museum only opens at 10am you shouldn’t rush to be early
  • Harrods Early afternoon tea at 1:00 pm  at Laduree.
  • Behind the scene’s tour of Harrods at 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Back to hotel to freshen up 
  • Dine-A-Round at the Royal Automobile Club 7:00 pm.  Enjoy a glass of bubble in the Champagne Room before dining in the Brooklands Room for a 3 course dinner, (no jeans, no trainers, i.e. sneakers – this is a private club, like the Jonathan Club, and as such, you may want to dress up a bit. Gentlemen should wear tie and coat.)

Saturday, November 10:  

  • 10:00 am Suffragette’s Walk –   The tour aims to give a general overview of the suffrage movement (100 year anniversary of all women receiving the right to vote), telling the stories and taking some of the locations associated with the campaign in the Westminster area.  The tour will extend towards St. James Park, The Mall and Buckingham Palace – 2 hours. Meet by the statue of George Washington outside the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square. Alice will be your guide.
  • Lunch on our own, make your way to the Thames River Cruise station at the London Eye – directions here: 
  • 1:45 pm: Thames River Cruise. This event is very near the hotel so you can walk or take a taxi.
  • 2:45 pm: London Eye.
  • Back to the hotel to freshen up
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm – The Terrace – National Theatre. You can either walk or take a taxi to the National Theatre. Your reservations are for 5:30pm sharp so please leave time to get to the theater.  You may either walk or take a taxi.
  • 7:30 pm London pre-launch performance of “Hadestown” at the National Theatre. 

Some feedback from the attendees:

We loved having you all here! Thank you for coming. It was a treat to meet / see you. I hope you have been safe from the destructive and devastating fires.

Kathryn Pretzel Shiels Programms Chair IWF UK

Hadestown was fantastic – a huge hit!! And it was such a thrill to see it in London with the producer Dale Franzen and fellow members of the Trusteeship.

Kitty Mackey

Wonderful to share London and Hadestown with y’all!

Dale Franzen

It was such a fun, exciting weekend and such a pleasure to get to know the great women who attended. Len and I were knocked out by Hadestown and couldn’t agree more with the rave reviews. Our walking tours were wonderful…so much so that we hired our guide, Rachel Pearson, for a private tour later in the week.

Kathryn did an incredible job arranging and hosting us. We loved spending time with Kathryn, Mark and the rest of the London crew.

Thanks so much for all of the planning, Julie and thanks to you great women for exploring London with us.

Nancy Jacoby

Joni Mitchel Tribute Concert – November 6

Talk about ticket of the year! It would have been nearly impossible to get your hands on tickets to the Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert, but because Trusteeship members, Rachel Moore and Lisa Specht have impeccable contacts (they are the contacts!) we were able to create a Trusteeship event around Joni’s amazing tribute!

Rachel and Lisa also hosted a champagne salute in the exclusive Founders Room at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion where Trusteeship members gathered during intermission and shared their enthusiasm for the great performances.

One Member shared:  “Joni Mitchell is 75! Birthday Tribute at Music Center with performances by James Taylor, Graham Nash, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Emmylou Harris, Seal and many others. Also celebrating Frances Arnold, 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “the directed evolution of enzymes”! Appreciation to Rachel Moore and Lisa Specht for tickets and Zee Marzec for dinner.”

What a wonderful night!

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IWF Conferences

Barcelona, Spain: April 2019 – IWF Cornerstone Conference

Toronto, Canada: November 13-15, 2019 – IWF World Leadership Conference

London, United Kingdom: May 13-15, 2020 – IWF Cornerstone Conference

Detroit, Michigan: October 7-9, 2020 – IWF World Leadership Conference


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– Judith