The Trusteeship

February 2024


Hello Trusteeship Sisters!

February ushers in the Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon; it is predicted to be full of opportunity, career, work, and success. Dragons are associated with strength, good fortune, and success. We wish this for all our IWF/Trusteeship sisters. 


Last month, we announced the new Committee Chairs. The Committees have been working hard to develop the 2024/2025 initiatives to support our members.

To reiterate, the initiatives are to:


1. Foster a vibrant community of preeminent, accomplished, and diverse women leaders. Led by Jennifer Ferro and Aradhna Oliphant and the Membership Committee:

  • This year, membership nominations will happen in April. We’re building a wish list of recommendations now, and we’d love your suggestions. We are looking for women under 55 from diverse sectors and backgrounds. Please see the notice below and add to the pipeline of potential new members.


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

  • The Committee has been hard at work assembling this year’s exciting calendar of events. Please see some of the upcoming programs and IWF conferences below.


3. Inspire and champion the current membership and those to come. Led by Devorah Lieberman and Julie Miller-Phipps and the Impact Committee:

  • This new committee is organizing and working toward “raising the profile of the IWF/Trusteeship.” They will be the conduit to IWF Global for our participation in the Fellows Program. 

We have a great registration turnout for the IWF 50th Anniversary Conference in NYC. 29 Trusteeship members are currently registered, with a few on the waitlist. The conference is sold out. We look forward to spending time together in May.


Don’t forget to register for the New Members virtual gathering next Wednesday, February 21, from 5:30 to 6:30. You will have the opportunity to meet the seven new members and transfers and welcome them to The Trusteeship. 


February 13 was “Galentine’s Day,” an unofficial but festive tribute to celebrating and cherishing the bonds of female friendship – I loved this quote from Jane Fonda in celebration of the day.  

” Women’s friendships are like a renewable source of Power.”



I wish you all a Happy “Galentine’s Day.”



Member Roster

The 2024 Member Roster has been mailed! Please review your roster listing and submit any changes to the office as soon as possible.


Go Paperless! Opt out of receiving the printed 2025 roster and save a tree! The Online Member Roster is available 24/7 and has search functions to easily locate a member. Sign up here!


View the online roster here.

Upcoming Events

We invite you to our most popular event of the year!

February 21, 2024 5:30 – 6:30 pm PT


Join us in connecting with our fellow Trusteeship members as we introduce and spotlight our newest members on this very special evening.


We are holding our event virtually. We look forward to enjoying a truly memorable evening together at this annual members-only event.


Thank you Cecilia Estolano for organizing an afternoon at Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet on Sunday, February 18 at 12:00 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre and the behind the scenes.


Members will be able to join a special behind the scenes tour with Meghan Pressman, CTG Managing Director/CEO prior to the matinee performance.


Please note event registration has ended.

Time: 12:00 p.m. for the Behind the Scenes, 1:00 p.m. Performance

Where: The Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012.

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: 


Code: IWF

The MAKERS Conference

A special invitation from Alicin Williamson, President, MAKERS:


We’re excited to extend an invitation to the International Women’s Forum of Southern California members to the MAKERS Annual Conference on February 27-29, 2024 in Los Angeles, CA. The conference promises to deliver valuable programming, all anchored in gender equity.


We are delighted to offer an exclusive discount to forum members. This special discount is our way of saying “thank you” to this important community that seeks to empower women.


To redeem the Women’s Forum discount, simply visit our website at MAKERS CONFERENCE and use the promo code [FRIENDS24] for a $500 dollar discount during checkout. For any questions please reach out to

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

Upcoming IWF Conferences

The response to the IWF 50th Anniversary World Leadership Conference and Gala in New York has been spectacular, and we are now 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).

Hong Kong, SAR: 2024 Cornerstone Conference

November 20 – 22, 2024


Details to be announced.

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


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!


Trailblazing California Leaders Celebrated for Innovative Leadership

Michele Siqueiros

The James Irvine Foundation announced the recipients of its 2024 Leadership Awards, honoring nine leaders from six organizations for their dedicated efforts in addressing critical issues impacting Californians. Michele Siqueiros, President of The Campaign for College Opportunity, was amongst those honored for expanding college access and completion through advocacy, research, and coalition building.


This year’s Award recipients are an impressive group of innovators working on a wide range of challenges including teacher preparation, youth justice, college access and completion, and ensuring the health and safety of Asian American and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, refugee, and immigrant populations.


Read more here.


The Queenmaker

Susan Rose

Written by Indy Staff. Photo by Ingrid Bostrom. 

Article except from The Santa Barbara Independent’s 37th Annual Celebration of Our Nicest Neighbors


It was over a series of dinners in 1987 that a group of Santa Barbara women decided it was time, once and for all, to take a seat at the table. Not for another meal, but at the table of power — of elected office — where they were woefully underrepresented. “Otherwise,” said Susan Rose, “we knew we were likely to end up on the menu.”

They formed the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee and the very next election helped two women win seats on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for the first time. “You really need to fight for what you believe in,” Susan said. “You need to stand up and stand out.” Susan herself went on to serve two terms as supervisor, and over the last three decades, she has devoted her unmatched grit and energy to championing the advancement of women, as well as civil rights, affordable housing, family services, environmental protections, and other progressive causes.


While in office, Susan led the effort to save 200 acres of land known today as the San Marcos Preserve and initiated the Safe Parking Program for homeless people living in their cars, a highly successful model that has been replicated across the country. She has served on countless local boards and committees — Planned Parenthood, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Watch Council, Antioch University, etc. — but it’s her current work with Emerge California, a statewide political leadership-training program for women, that now occupies most of her time.


Susan is in the process of passing the torch to the next generation of female leaders, even if she’s not ready to completely give it up yet. “I’m sharing it,” she said. She’s mentoring individual candidates and organizing networking events, like the one earlier this month that sold out almost overnight. 


“I think we live in a feminist community, and I’m very proud of that,” Susan said. “But I always tell women, ‘I’m going to be watching what you do when you’re in office. Use your vote — your power — to create solutions and make change.’ Because we still have a lot of work to do.”


Karen Caplan

Karen Caplan is excited to announce that following a year sabbatical (after selling her company, Frieda’s, Inc. in January 2023) she has launched an Executive Coaching, Speaking and Writing business. 


Here is her website:


Her new contact information is:


Karen Caplan Growth Catalyst


Mailing address: 23 Calle Careyes San Clemente, CA 92673

Mobile: 562-688-4673


Stacy Phillips

Stacy has been named to Southern California Super Lawyers’ Top 10, Top 100, and Top 50 Women lists for 2024.


Stacy published two new articles on Blank Rome’s Love Bytes blog:The Unhappiest (or Happiest, for Some) Month of the Year – January is National Divorce Month (Or Is It?)and Escaping Fear. Going Through It, and Not Around.


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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