The Trusteeship

December 2023

Happy 2024!


I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season. Many of our Trusteeship sisters enjoyed getting together at our holiday gatherings and enjoying the season. 


Looking back on 2023, I realize what an important and exciting year it was for us in IWF Southern CA/The Trusteeship. 


We undertook a heavy lift in the transition after COVID. So many of you were involved in the forward planning of our organization. 


Thank you for exercising your voice in filling out the survey and/or participating in the conversations. The participation was extraordinary; the results informed our key initiatives and were instrumental in helping guide us into the future. 


We have developed three strategies to support our organization: 


1. Foster a vibrant community of preeminent, accomplished, and diverse women leaders. Lead by the Membership Committee.


2. Support the continued success of our members personally and professionally. Lead by the Programs Committee.


3. Inspire and champion the current membership and those to come. Lead by the Impact Committee.*


You will see more about this in the coming months as we develop a communication plan and updated graphics for the organization. A special thank you to Renee Fraser of Fraser Communications for making this happen.


We welcome our new Board members:

Julie Coker

Karen Gordon

Julie Miller-Phipps

Rita Moya 

Kristin Sakoda


Our committees for 2024 are:


Aradhna Oliphant and Jennifer Ferro, Co-chairs


Karen Caplan, Chair

Impact Committee*: 

Julie Miller-Phipps and Devorah Lieberman, Co-chairs

* This is a new committee responsible for helping raise the profile of IWF Southern CA/The Trusteeship (more on this to come).


Save the date – The new members welcome will be held on Wednesday, February 21.


May 2024 bring us all lots of Love, Laughter, and Learning! 


With much gratitude for all of you!


Recommend women now to become

Trusteeship Members!

New member nominations will be held in April. We’re building a wish list of recommendations now and we’d love your suggestions. We are looking for women under 55 that come from diverse sectors and backgrounds – especially in tech and other commercial enterprises. When we get closer, we’ll reach out and ask you to fill out the formal application. But for now, please share any names of women you think would be a great potential candidate with their affiliation. Reply to this email, send to or send to

2024 Special Program Invitation

IWF Arizona

IWF AZ is thrilled to announce a 2024 WOW Experience and Retreat… and we’re delighted to invite our IWF Sisters!


Join Us February 9 – 12, 2024 at the Award-Winning Triple Creek Ranch,

A Montana Hideaway


Special THANK YOU to IWF AZ founding member and Triple Creek Ranch owners, Barbara Barrett and her husband Craig Barrett, for opening their luxurious ranch to our Forum at a special rate. 


Experience the legendary hospitality and enchanting beauty of one of the world’s best resort-hotels set in the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux for over 25 years, Triple Creek Ranch offers an epicurean, all-inclusive vacation experience of refined rustic elegance, gourmet cuisine, paired with an excellent wine list, and warm, welcoming, five-star service amidst the romance of a forested mountain retreat. 


Triple Creek Ranch is an ideal setting to enjoy the surrounding beauty, engage with fellow IWF members, and create lasting memories.  


IWF members are invited to join us solo or bring a guest. Triple Creek Ranch is an intimate, luxury ranch resort designed for adults (16 and older) with all amenities and activities offered to Triple Creek Ranch guests.

Details on itinerary, accommodations and reservation instructions are attached.


We look forward to seeing YOU in February!

Reservation Info Here

February 9, 2024 3:00 PM to February 12, 2024 Noon

Award-Winning Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway

5551 West Fork Road, Darby, MT, 59829

2024 Western District Retreat

Upcoming IWF Conferences

IWF 50th Anniversary World Leadership Conference Registration opens the week of January 28

At the World Leadership Conference and Gala, May 15-17, 2024 in New York, NY, IWF will highlight 50 years of women changing the world. Registration to open soon.


Over five decades, the International Women’s Forum and our members have been at the forefront of change – breaking the glass ceiling across professions around the world, proving not only that women lead but women lead differently, and gender balance at every level of leadership makes stronger business, stronger societies, and a better world.


In recent years the velocity of change, especially driven by technology, has impacted every country and every sector. It’s only fitting that our 50th Anniversary Conference address change and how women at the top are making change a force for good.


This conference will focus on key sectors that—like IWF—have strong roots in New York but are global forces for change themselves. . .

  • Technology
  • Health
  • Media

It will also examine how more women at the top are managing change in the workplace and the social agenda for gender equality.

Finally, we will explore the business of fashion – how we have evolved from men telling women what to wear to women changing what we buy, how we buy and how we express our beliefs about ourselves and our world in how we present ourselves.


Click here for more details.


Stella Li

Stella Li, Co-CEO of RIDE and CEO of BYD Americas, was named as one of the 100 influential leaders driving real climate action in business on the TIME100 CLIMATE list. Stella is a pioneer of battery-electric technology and a passionate leader dedicated to combatting climate change. With her extensive knowledge and background in sustainable and innovative solutions, she is working hard toward building a better, cleaner future for all.


Read more here.

Sandy Gooch

On Monday, December 18, 2023, Sandy Gooch was honored by Sonoran University of Health Sciences, in Tempe Arizona, at the 49th Commencement Ceremony and received an Honorary PhD in Humanities. Sandy was the keynote speaker at the Commencement Ceremony and addressed Sonoran University’s graduates from the College of Nutrition and the College of Naturopathic Medicine.


Sonoran University’s College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of only five accredited schools of naturopathic medicine in the United States. The University’s aim is to educate tomorrow’s healthcare innovators in the art and science of integrative wellness.

Devorah Lieberman

Devorah wrote a blog for the American Council on Education on presidential leadership, crisis management, and the Israel-Hamas war and it was picked up by a media outlet and is part of their communication on senate hearings. 






Read more here.

Jennifer L. Keller

Keller/Anderle LLP, a nationally recognized bet-the-company business litigation firm based in Irvine, has been selected as “Tier 1in Orange County in five practice areas by Best Lawyers® 2024 “Best Law Firms.” The firm is one of the few on the list that is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certified firm (100% women-owned).




Read more here.

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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.

“I am cloistered in my medical world. If not presented with a large, prospective, randomized study I question the evidence and relevance of many medical and societal conclusions. The Trusteeship is neither large nor randomized, but it is the most relevant, outstanding and compassionate group of women I have ever met.”

– Judith