The Trusteeship

November 2023


Hello and Happy November,


November is the month of gratitude and in today’s crazy world we can still find much to be grateful for. 


I am grateful for our Trusteeship sisters and all of the lovely times we share with each other. 


This past month we were able to share a wonderful event at the Huntington Library. Thank you to Huntington Library President, Karen Lawrence, Lisa See, and Nikki Clay for the amazing tour and exclusive behind the scenes preview of Shôya house.

We were treated to an evening at Kathy Checchi’s beautiful home to meet IWF CEO, Stephanie O’Keeffe who sheared the vision for IWF Global. And we heard from two IWF fellows, Laurie Leshin (now a Trusteeship member) and Mo Vakili about how the fellows program impacted their lives and careers. Thanks to Karen Caplan for arranging and Kathy Checchi for hosting us.

Twelve Trusteeship members traveled to “Motown” to see “What’s goin on” at the IWF Leadership Conference kicked off by Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. 

Ann Reiss Lane held a fun Dine Around at her beautiful home. 

Thanks to Billie Greer, we were special guests of The Actors Gang project. It was a very moving evening for all of us! 

I want to thank everyone who took the survey, we had a fantastic response. We will be moving forward in 2024 with programs and events that reflect your input. 


Next month we will have our annual holiday gatherings. Make sure you sign up to participate. And anyone who would like to host, please let us know. 


I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving

I am grateful for you! 

It’s time to renew your Membership!

2024 Membership Renewal is due

by November 15th, 2023

Similar to past years, the dues renewal process will take place online. Click on the “Pay Dues” link below to renew and pay by credit card (no checks, please, as we’ve gone paperless). We strongly encourage “auto renew” which will keep your credit card on file and automatically charge you each year on the dues renewal date. For all members that are currently on “auto renew”, and those that select auto renew this year, (and pay on time by November 15th), we will discount the 2024 annual dues of $750 by $50. Our intention is to incent as many members as possible to keep their credit card info on file so registration to events and any associated member costs can be processed through our website. 

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Note: If you live outside of Southern CA and pay annual dues of $375, you will receive a $25 reduction in dues if you select auto renew and pay on time.

The Trusteeship Board of Directors and Annual Meeting

Per the Trusteeship bylaws, once a year all Trusteeship members are invited to attend one of our Trusteeship Board meetings. The next Trusteeship Board of Directors meeting will be held on Saturday, December 2nd and will be our 2023 Annual Membership Meeting and open to all members.


We ask that you RSVP in advance in order to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm.


What: The Trusteeship Board of Directors and Annual Meeting


Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023


Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 



The Trusteeship Board of Directors and Annual Meeting




12/02/23 10:00am – 12/02/23 11:00am US/Pacific
We ask that you RSVP in advance in order to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm.
I’ll Be There!
I Can’t Make It

Via Zoom Meeting: Once you register, you will receive the link to join the meeting. Please begin joining at 9:50 am so the meeting can begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Upcoming Programs


40 new IWF Leadership Fellows

IWF Global announced the 2023-2024 Leadership Fellows class.

Meet them here.


Forty diverse and highly accomplished leaders hail from 13 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Ukraine, the United States and, for the first time, Pakistan.


  • Other firsts: This year’s class includes an Olympian, a senior leader of a symphony and a participant of Australian First Nations descent.


Why it matters: The Leadership Fellows Program is a powerful way IWF delivers on our mission of advancing women’s leadership.


  • The best-in-class program helps high-potential women hone skills to fulfill their full potential. There are week-long leadership training sessions with Harvard and INSEAD, mentoring with IWF members, and global networking opportunities at IWF World Leadership Conferences.


What’s next: IWF Global CEO Stephanie O’Keefe’s goal is to double the size of the Leadership Fellows Program over the next five years.


IWF Global encourages every Forum to participate by recruiting or sponsoring a Fellow. 

Gabrielle Bullock

Gabrielle was featured in SoCal Design for her latest project, Destination Crenshaw, representing the culmination of her mission to transform the architectural profession.


Gabrielle Bullock, principal and director of global diversity at Perkins&Will, leads the design and architecture team developing Destination Crenshaw in collaboration with landscape architect Studio-MLA and exhibition designer Gallagher & Associates. Bullock has long considered herself a change agent working to challenge the status quo in the architectural profession—a calling that came at a very young age. “I’ve been determined to harness the power of design to impact lives since I was 12,” she says.


Read full article here.

Barbara Gothard

Barbara released: the official art catalogue Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward: An Art & Humanities Installation by Barbara Gothard.


Barbara’s three-year creative odyssey culminated in a solo exhibition of her installation, Contradictions – Bringing The Past Forward, that visually interprets and honors the legacy of twenty-three African American Homesteaders who settled in the Far Eastern Mojave Desert in the early twentieth century, in the context of my own lived experience as an African American woman artist in the Palm Springs/Mojave Desert area. And the catalogue is the last phase of this journey.


Read press release here.

Devorah Lieberman

Dr. Devorah Lieberman, President Emerita-University of La Verne, has been inducted into the prestigious 2023 Hall of Champions of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores made the announcement. HACU is committed to championing Hispanic success in higher education and recognizes individuals and partners who exemplify this mission through their unwavering support, dedication, and commitment. The organization extended its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Lieberman for her exemplary leadership and contributions to the Hispanic community in the realm of higher education.


Read press release here.

Charlotte Schiff-Booker

Charlotte just released her new book Get Outta My Way. In her interview, she shares her trailblazing journey. In her book, she emphasizes the importance of free speech and her lifelong dedication to civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice. Her tireless efforts extended to expanding cable television into marginalized communities by providing diverse programming. Her passion for the First Amendment made a significant impact on her career and life.


Read more here.

Stacy Phillips

Stacy was recognized as a 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyer by Lawdragon.


According to Lawdragon, the honorees are “lawyers who can help you hold on when times seem they can’t get worse, and to protect children, families, and assets that can easily be damaged often beyond repair in the hands of less wise counsel.”


Read more here.

Share your good news!

Submit honors and recognitions


Share your announcements and updates with Trusteeship friends.


Please send an email with the subject line “Announcement” to with your latest news.



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

Upcoming IWF Conferences

IWF 50th Anniversary World Leadership Conference

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.

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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