The Trusteeship
International Women's Foundation

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 reviews 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.
  • 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.

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
  • 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!

Eve Kurtin – Dine-Around – October 30

The Dine-Around on Halloween eve at Eve Kurtin’s beautiful home was a wonderful affair! Eve welcomes about 350 trick or treaters at her home so she was well stocked in goblins and treats. Karen Caplan, Martha De Laurentiis, Rabbi Laura Geller, Beth Morrison, Miriam Muscarolas, Lisa Specht, and of course, Eve, welcomed new member, Elizabeth Faraut and enjoyed a wonderful evening of delicious food, stimulating conversation and friendship. Thank you Eve!
Some lovely “thank you’s” to Eve about her Dine-Around:
  • Thank you for hosting a wonderful evening for us. Everything was perfect — the fun Halloween decorations, the delicious food and wine, your beautiful home and, of course, our Trusteeship friends. It’s always a joy to be in the company of engaged, interesting, thoughtful, successful women. I love the diversity of our industries and interests. I appreciated the range of our conversation — one conversation around the table is always my favorite — and being able to discuss everything from the International Women’s Forum conference; the benefits and joys of membership to more serious topics of religion and the increasing wave of antisemitism in our country and gun violence in places of worship. We are fortunate to live in progressive California but tragic that all of us must live on alert everywhere we go.
  • It was great to be in everyone’s company. Welcome, Elizabeth. You are a great addition. Thank you, Eve for bringing us together. And, thanks to your chef for preparing such a delicious and healthy meal.
  • I really can’t add much, except to say how nice it was that you accommodated all of our food choices! And the food was very yummy. I actually included a few comments about it in my President’s letter that will come out tomorrow morning. 🙂 Warmest regards and hope you don’t run out of candy tonight!
  • Just adding my voice to the choir. It was such a lovely evening, and I enjoy getting to know my Trusteeship sisters. I agree that this small group really does allow for group conversation and that’s rare. There’s something about choosing a topic to discuss too, which happened organically, rather than just chatting (which is nice too of course). I think having real discourse on current issues we are facing is a great thing, particularly in a world where we live in soundbites and tweets. Eve, thank you for being so accommodating with dietary things. And, what a gorgeous home you have! I hope to see some of you at my artist loft on the 1st of December and for the opera. For those that can’t come, please consider coming to the opera on another date: Click here Tickets are just $55 with the code: BMPfam Happy halloween!
  • I also want to thank Eve for providing such a wonderful and relaxing environment for a “get to know you”/ “get to know you better” evening. The food was exquisite, and if I didn’t think it would interfere with our burgeoning friendship, I would absolutely try to steal your wonderful chef!
  • Miriam and Karen you did a wonderful job curating the event. And you are right. A small group definitely works best and does lead to a table conversation. Beth, I agree, choosing a topic is important (In these times small talk can seem so — well, small). I so enjoyed hearing and participating in our table discussion on current issues. What wonderful opportunities the Trusteeship gives us to meet interesting women! Thank you again Eve.

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– Rita