The Trusteeship

April 2024



Happy April to you all.

These past few weeks have been very exciting for us. The Trusteeship (IWF Southern California) had the pleasure of hosting two exceptional programs. These programs were so significant that they were offered as part of the International Women’s Forum’s Passport program.

The first one, A Peak Behind the Nobel Prize Curtain:


This unique program featured three of our Nobel Prize Awardee forum members: current members Dr. Frances Arnold (Chemistry 2018), Dr. Andrea Ghez (Physics 2020), and former member Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn (Physiology 2009). (How fortunate are we to have three members with that distinction?) We learned about their experiences and reflections as we were guided through their unique journeys. It was moderated by award-winning writer, television/radio personality, and Trusteeship/IWF member Patt Morrison.


We were joined by 15 different Forums from 8 states and 5 countries: the USA, Canada, The Bahamas, Finland, and Turkey.

A special thank you to Gayle Tauber for making this all happen.


The second one, The YouTube Effect:

In a year where the stakes couldn’t be higher, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss the impact and effect of social media, particularly YouTube. Social media is in the spotlight for contributing to misinformation and radicalization, and yet the largest platform of them all, YouTube, gets a free pass. The film’s producer, Gale Anne Hurd (Trusteeship (IWF Southern California member), and victims’ rights attorney, Carrie Goldberg, answered questions and educated us about the real impact of social media and the threat of disinformation. We were fortunate to have Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones Magazine, who moderated the panel. 

23 Forums joined us in 17 states and 7 countries: Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, France, Panama, The USA, and The UK.

Special thanks to Gale Anne Hurd for reaching out and making this happen. 

If you could not join us, I highly encourage you to watch the video of the programs; you won’t be disappointed. You can access them below or on our website.

This evening, we have a special behind-the-scenes tour hosted by our member, Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Step into a dazzling array of magnificent gemstones in NHM’s Hixon Gem Vault. This exhibit is at the NHM for a limited time (only until April 21), so this after-hours private tour is extraordinary. There are a few spots left if you are able to join us, please contact the office (626-360-0676) or register on the Trusteeship website.


We are so fortunate to have such a preeminent and diverse membership. We encourage anyone with an idea for a panel or behind-the-scenes program to please get in touch with Karen Caplan, our program committee chairperson.


The Membership Committee invites nominations for incredible women in Southern California to become members of The Trusteeship /IWF Southern California. The deadline for nominating is April 30, 2024. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Jennifer Ferro or Aradhna Oliphant, Membership co-chairs.

Membership Instructions and nomination forms can be accessed here:


I wish you all a wonderful month!

Upcoming Events

100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World

April 10th | 5-7 PM

Please join us for a special behind the scenes tour, hosted by our member, Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Step into a dazzling array of magnificent gemstones in NHM’s Hixon Gem Vault. This exhibit is at the NHM for a limited time (only until April 21), so this after hours private tour is very special.

We are thrilled to have this in-person event which includes a private, after-hours tour of the exhibit, including a private docent from 5pm – 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Guests are welcome! Feel free to bring friends, a spouse or partner or adult children!


Cost: $45.00 for members and $60 for guests, which includes admission, parking and refreshments. Trusteeship members and guests are welcome.

Where: Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Address: 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RSVP on the website here

Pizza Lovers Unite! IWF Chicago member Amy Dordek Dolinksy and her Emmy-award winning husband Steve (known as the Food Guy) is offering IWF/Trusteeship members a special discounted rate to attend the 2nd annual Pizza Fest in Downtown LA April 27 & 28. Pizza City Fest offers a stellar lineup of Southern California’s best pizza makers in one location, giving fans the unique opportunity to taste, see live demos, and attend panel discussions with culinary experts over two days at L.A. LIVE. Feel free to share this link with family and friends. 

Buy tickets today as they will go fast: 


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On behalf of Trusteeship member Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE would love to invite Trusteeship members and guests to their upcoming show, “Really Big Show: How Ed Sullivan Changed America Every Sunday Night” at The Huntington and at the Skirball Cultural Center.

MUSE/IQUE is slashing admission prices and offering a friends & family price of $50 per ticket (guests are welcome).

RSVP Here!

April 30 at 7:30pm

May 1 at 7:30pm

Outdoors at The Huntington

May 5 at 3:00pm

May 5 at 7:30pm

Indoors at Skirball Cultural Center

Book of Mountains and Seas

April 12th | 8:00 pm

Location: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

Address: 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica CA 90401

This event is sold out.

Thank you Trusteeship member Beth Morrison for this special invitation.

First performed in 2021, composer Huang Ruo’s compelling new adaptation of these tales comes to BroadStage as LA Opera’s 12th collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects. Huang Ruo and puppeteer Basil Twist reinterpret Chinese creation myths for the 21st century. A fantastical world of sunbirds, demons and hairy giants is evoked in Book of Mountains & Sea, a fascinating work of vocal theater for 12 singers, two percussionists and six puppet masters.

Although this production is completely sold out, Beth was able to secure 10 tickets for our members, based on a first come first serve basis. A hosted reception before the performance will be provided by Beth.

Event Recordings

A Peek Behind the Nobel Prize Curtain

The Trusteeship (IWF Southern California) had the pleasure of hosting a unique program with 3 of its Nobel Prize Awardee forum members: current members Dr. Frances Arnold (Chemistry 2018), Dr. Andrea Ghez (Physics, 2020), and former member, Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn (Physiology 2009). 

Moderated by award-winning writer, television/radio personality, and Trusteeship/IWF member Patt Morrison, we entered the world of the Nobel Prize and Nobel Laureate process and learned about their experiences and reflections, as we were guided through their unique journeys. 

Click above to watch the recording if you missed it.

The YouTube Effect: A Virtual Program

2024 is an election year, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Social media is in the spotlight for contributing to misinformation and radicalization, and yet the largest platform of them all, YouTube, gets a free pass. Many times larger than all of the other platforms combined, YouTube has 3 million channels with 1 billion hours of content viewed daily. Should we be worried about YouTube’s impact on the world as the global village square?

The Trusteeship (IWF Southern California) had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion on April 4 answering that very question. Participating in our panel were the film’s producer Gale Anne Hurd, victims rights attorney Carrie Goldberg, and Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones Magazine.

Click above to watch the recording if you missed it.

Dine Arounds

Hello Trusteeship sisters:


Have you ever attended a Trusteeship Dine Around? Isn’t it nice to be in a small group, close to where you live or work and get to know other members on a more personal level?


Dine arounds are one of our long time traditions and we are now setting up monthly dine arounds for 2024 to happen in all our geographies from February through November. We’re looking for someone to host in the month’s of April and May, would you like to host?


Please let us know if you want to host and how many people can be seated around your dining room table. We have a budget to reimburse for each dine around with a suggested maximum of 8 people. It can be dinner, lunch, brunch, during the week or on the weekend. It’s up to you. And you get to pick the theme for this dine around, which ensures fun and interesting conversations.


Once you indicate your interest, we will get back to you to confirm date, headcount, etc.


Would YOU like to host this year? 

Click here if you’d like to host!

Upcoming IWF Conferences

The response to the IWF 50th Anniversary World Leadership Conference and Gala in New York has been spectacular, and the event is at capacity for the venue.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact IWF Registration at or +1 (866) 216-8040 (international toll-free).

Two openings have become available, please contact our office at if you’d like to attend.

Hong Kong, SAR: 2024 Cornerstone Conference

November 20 – 22, 2024

Details to be announced.

2024 Western District Retreat

IWF Oregon is thrilled to announce the dates and location for the 2024 IWF West Coast Leaders Retreat: 

Friday, September 20th – Sunday, September 22nd, 2024

McMinnville, OR (the heart of Oregon wine country!)

We would like to extend a warm invitation for an unforgettable weekend in the quaint small-town heart of Oregon wine country, bringing together members from our six West Coast Regions: Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, BC, and Utah.

Please fill out this form indicating your interest in attending.

This is an incredible opportunity for us to forge new friendships and reconnect with our long-time IWF sisters. It promises to be a weekend of laughter, exploration, learning, enjoying scrumptious food and wine and more, in a beautiful setting while you experience all the Willamette Valley has to offer. Framed by the Coast Range to the west and Cascades to the east, it is recognized as one of the premier winegrowing regions in the world.

Click here for more details

Announcing Crystal Eagle Award Honoree

Nadine Watt

Nadine Watt is CEO of Watt Capital Partners. Nadine brings over 25 years of real estate expertise and an entrepreneurial drive to her position, where she oversees day-to-day activities and strategic planning for all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s 6 million-square-foot portfolio.

Nadine is the current President of the University of Southern California Board of Governors and serves as Vice-Chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, as well as on the USC Associates Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she held for 7 years and is now the immediate past chair. She is a Board Member of Fisker Inc. (FSR) and Chair of the Compensation Committee, a Board Member of Collective Audience (CAUD), chairing the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. She is also a Board Member of Visionary Women and Chair of the Governance Committee, as well as a member of the City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council.

Learn more about Nadine’s illustrious career and civic leadership!

Stacy Phillips

Stacy was named a 2024 “Top Family Lawyer” by Los Angeles legal newspaper, the Daily Journal, for the third consecutive year since the list’s inception

Stacy was named a “Social Impact Hero” by Authority Magazine. Read her interview here: “Why & How Stacy D. Phillips of Blank Rome Is Helping To Change Our World

Stacy authored an article published in Los Angeles legal newspaper, the Daily Journal: “The Collaborative Divorce: Moving toward Positive Outcomes and Positioning Opportunities

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Looking forward to hearing about these special times in your lives! Thank you very much.

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Upcoming Events


New York, NY: May 15 – 17, 2024 — IWF 50th Anniversary World Leadership Conference

Hong Kong, SAR: November 20 – 22, 2024 – 2024 Cornerstone Conference

Seattle, Washington:  May 21 – 23, 2025 — IWF World Leadership Conference

Cape Town, South Africa: November 5 – 7, 2025 – 2025 Cornerstone Conference

London, England: May 13-15, 2026 – 2026 Cornerstone Conference

Amman, Jordan: May 11-12, 2027 – 2027 Cornerstone Conference

Click here to visit International Women’s Forum website.

“The Trusteeship is a wonderful refuge — a place to go that is safe, nurturing and supportive. A place where you can suspend time — where the pressures and demands of your daily routine become secondary to the sharing of confidences and passions with women that walk similar paths and know your challenges and triumphs.”

– Rita