The Trusteeship

March 2024


Happy International Women’s Day! 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look back and commemorate the founding of The Trusteeship. The story bears repeating:


It began in 1979 when women were scarce at the top levels of business. At a meeting of women business executives, Adrienne Hall, founder, and CEO of the first national advertising agency headed by a woman, found herself sitting next to Cynthia Ryan, vice president and general counsel for Pacific Mutual Insurance Company, one of L.A.’s largest enterprises. The two had never met. As they walked out of the luncheon, Adrienne voiced her feeling that there should be an organization of preeminent women, regardless of profession or discipline. Cindy shared this view and the idea for The Trusteeship was born from that conversation.


The vision was to bring together preeminent women from diverse fields who could gather—much as men had done for centuries—in a non-competitive, non-partisan social setting to find common ground in an atmosphere of trust and compound their powers to support one another and to advance women.


What was never envisioned at the beginning was the powerful emotion of bonding that has occurred over four and a half decades. It’s difficult to describe the “gestalt” of The Trusteeship and how it has led to friendships that transcend professional boundaries, political parties, cultural origins, and philosophical differences. Our membership is now more than 200 strong


We joined forces with the International Women’s Forum and are part of an organization with more than 8,000 diverse and accomplished women from over 33 countries on six continents. 


We are trailblazers, leaders, innovators, and pioneers united to Champion Women’s Leadership.

Have a wonderful Women’s History month!


I had the honor of being interviewed this month by one of our members, Dr. Renee Fraser, on her radio show The Dr. Renee Fraser Show, Why Women on KABC-AM 790 about The Trusteeship/IWF Southern CA and on Fearless Leadership: Women Championing Women. Click here to listen in.

Upcoming Events

Join some of your fellow Trusteeship members on Saturday, March 9 for an Art Crawl in Barrio Logan at noon. The Barrio Logan Art Crawl takes place every second Saturday of the month from noon to 5:00 pm. It is a self-guided tour with gallery/exhibit showings, open studios, outdoor murals, music, dinning, and shopping an highlighting Chicano art and culture. We’ll meet at For Vida Coffee, 2146 Logan Ave., San Diego, 92113 at Noon and explore Barrio Logan galleries and shops together. There is no cost for this informal event. Wear walking shoes.


Any questions, or to carpool, contact our hostesses: Judy Gradwohl or Nikki Clay. If you are a Trusteeship member who does not live in the San Diego area, you are most welcome! Hope you can join us!


Judy and Nikki

IWF Western Region Virtual Cocktail Café

Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm PT


We are excited to have over 20 Trusteeship members joining our IWF Western Region Virtual Cocktail Café!


  • This event will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. PT. Bring along a cocktail, glass of wine, coffee or your favorite beverage –and be ready for fun and interesting conversation with your IWF sisters from other forums!


  • We’ll be gathering with members from the five other IWF Western region forums (British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Northern California)! We look forward to reconnecting with our friends in the Western region.


  • The hosts will be from our Western region forums. Each group will have 6-7 members – small enough to engage in robust conversation.



On behalf of Trusteeship member Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE would love to invite 50 members to their upcoming March 17 (evening) show at the Mark Taper Forum. MUSE/IQUE is slashing admission prices and offering a friends & family price of $50 per ticket.

RSVP Here!

A Peek Behind the Nobel Prize Curtain

The Trusteeship (IWF Southern California) invites you into the rarified space 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 will enter the world of the Nobel Prize and Nobel Laureate process and learn about their experiences and reflections, as we are guided through their unique journeys. 


Date: Thursday March 28

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm PT


**Special note: This virtual program is being offered to IWF Globally as part of the Program Passport.

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?


Filmmaker Alex Winter (PANAMA PAPERS, DEEP WEB) and IWF, Southern California / Trusteeship member Gale Anne Hurd will answer all of that and more in their compelling documentary, THE YOUTUBE EFFECT. Participating in our panel will the film’s producer Gale Anne Hurd, victims rights attorney Carrie Goldberg, and Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones Magazine.


Date: Thursday April 4

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm


**Special note: This virtual program is being offered to IWF Globally as part of the Program Passport. Once you RSVP, you will be sent information on how to view the documentary film The YouTube Effect. We highly recommend you watch it before the program on April 4.

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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New Member Celebration Recording

Thank you to everyone that joined our most popular event of the year on February 21. Click above to watch the recording where we introduced our newest members on that very special evening.

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.


Billie Greer, Cristina Rose, Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Hannah-Beth Jackson

Billie Greer, Cristina Rose, and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire surprised Hannah-Beth Jackson, former CA State Senator, with a cartoon, specially drawn for HBJ by New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Liza Donnelly which celebrates HBJ and the ground-breaking law she authored requiring public companies in California to place at least three women on their corporate boards. Betsy originated the concept, and NAWBO-California was sponsor of the bill. Cristina and Billie served as informal advisors and testified in Sacramento during the legislative process and beyond. This team continues to fight for women’s equality in the board room, despite not-yet-resolved legal challenges to the law.

Jennifer Keller

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals have recognized Keller/Anderle for a “Top Verdict of 2023” for the firm’s defense verdict in MGA Entertainment Inc. v. Clifford T.I. Harris et al. Awarded annually, the Daily Journal’s “Top Verdicts” recognizes the largest and most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in California. In this award-winning case, less than two hours after closing arguments a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Central District of California returned a unanimous defense verdict for MGA Entertainment.


Read more here.

Stacy Phillips

Stacy published a new article on Blank Rome’s Love Bytes blog: “The Other Side of the Fence: Getting to Know Loneliness (and Yourself) after Divorce


Stacy published a new article on LinkedIn: “ASK STACY: The Valentine’s Issue

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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.

“Imagine an enriching experience and rare opportunity to meet, learn from, and share time with a college president, a top TV or movie producer, an artist, an author, a politician, a business or philanthropic leader, to name a few. That’s the magic of The Trusteeship. Friendships and support when life has dealt you a setback are added — precious gifts.”

– Caroline