The Trusteeship

October 2014

Loreen Arbus will be among the honorees at the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on Wednesday, November 19 at the United Nations. The event will be live streamed in 144 countries. Loreen is being recognized as the first woman in the U.S. to head programming for a national network, as president of the Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and for the creation of the Women Who Care luncheon for United Cerebral Palsy.

Lori Bettison Varga was the keynote speaker at the inaugural UC Santa Barbara Alumni Women in Leadership Luncheon in October which acknowledges the accomplishments of female alumnae in leadership roles in their business, research, government and non-profit sectors, or greater communities.

Major General Barbara Faulkenberry concluded her 32-year career in the Air Force at Scott Air Force Base outside St Louis with a retirement ceremony attended by a number of Trusteeship members. Barb finished up as the COO of a 37,000-person organization whose 1,100 aircraft flew the President wherever needed, airdropped combat supplies over Afghanistan, brought hope to Ebola-stricken West Africans, air refueled the fighters in combat, and provided the airborne medical care for those wounded on foreign shores. With her logistics experience, global operations and strategic planning/leadership, look (or ask) for Barb on corporate boards, hopefully with ties to Southern California as she longs to return!

For the fourth consecutive year, Robin Ferracone has been named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Directorship 100, a list of the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community, honors influencers who play a significant role in agenda-shaping in boardrooms across the U.S.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has recently done research on the practice of child marriage worldwide and published a document entitled: Solutions to End Child Marriage; Summary of the Evidence. Molly Melching reports that in this document, Tostan was cited as being one of four promising practices internationally which have led to the reduction of child marriage. They based this partly on an in-depth external evaluation of our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in 2004.

On October 26 Stacy Phillips and Phillips Lerner hosted their 14th annual Adopt-A-Center event, this year celebrating the exceptional work of the El Nido Family Centers of Los Angeles.

Pat Soldano was awarded the Founders Award at Family Office Exchange Event in Chicago recently. This award, given to those who were instrumental in the founding of the family office industry, has only been given to one other person in the past 25 years.

Julie Meier Wright traveled with former Japan Minister of Science and Technology Koji Omi to Gunma Prefecture in Japan to speak about regional innovation after participating in the STS forum, a global conference on the “lights and shadows of science and technology,” founded by Omi in 2004, and the inaugural International Cool Earth Forum, an initiative of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has become the Honorary Chairman of the STS forum.

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– Gale Anne