The Trusteeship

September 2023



Greetings Trusteeship,


As summer comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that we are transitioning to autumn. Our virtual and in-person meetings over the summer have been a pleasure, and we are grateful for these opportunities to connect. We had a great time at two panels, Generative AI and What’s the Strike All About, which stimulated informative and lively conversations. We also enjoyed a Trusteeship Coffee with Mayor Karen Bass, which was an extraordinary evening at Colleen Bell’s beautiful home. Additionally, we had quality time at Dine Arounds with Claudia Kotchka & Alison Kinney Paul, Julie Miller-Phipps & Karen Caplan, and Aradhna Oliphant & Julie Coker. 


We warmly welcome our new members: Janet Garufis, Laurie Leshin, Jackie Park, and Graciela Carrasco Montgomery.

We have an outstanding lineup for the rest of the autumn season, and the details of the October events are listed below.


We warmly welcome Aradhna Oliphant as our newest board member and incoming Membership Chair. Aradhna will transition this fall with Jennifer Ferro as Jennifer steps fully into the Vice President’s role.

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Pat Rosengren, the founder and leader of Huntington Association Management & Marketing (HAMM), our management company since October 2019. Pat was a trusted leader of the organization.


Lastly, Pat’s passing is a stark reminder of our mortality, so hug those dear to you and know that you are all cherished.


With appreciation and gratitude for you all,


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Upcoming Programs





On behalf of Trusteeship member, Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE would love to invite 10 members plus a guest to each of their upcoming shows at The Wilshire Ebell Theater.



At The Wilshire Ebell Theatre


Friday, September 8 at 7:30pm


Saturday, September 9 at 7:30pm


The Trusteeship is excited to welcome IWF Global CEO, Stephanie O’Keefe when she visits Southern California in mid-October.

In advance of IWF’s 50th Anniversary in 2024, Stephanie will share details about the organizations’ plans for the future and how our members can better support our mission of Advancing Women’s Leadership and Championing Equality Worldwide. Joining her will be former IWF Fellows who reside here in Southern California who will share how the IWF Fellows Program changed their lives for the better!


We will be hosting three gatherings while Stephanie is here to give our entire membership an opportunity to attend. Please choose one of these three events to attend:

Monday, October 16 in San Diego at the home of Gayle Tauber in La Jolla (Fellow: Chikako Tyler, of California Bank & Trust). 5-7pm

Tuesday, October 17 in Beverly Hills at the home of Kathy Checchi (Fellow: Dr. Laurie Leshin, Director JPL, and newest member of The Trusteeship) 5-7pm

Wednesday, October 18 in Huntington Beach at the home of Julie Miller-Phipps (Fellow: TBD). 5-7 pm

There is no charge for these events – thank you to our hosts and IWF Board member, Karen Caplan for hosting.


Please RSVP by Monday October 9.

Upcoming Dine Arounds

Dine Around hosted by Ann Reiss Lane

Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. PT

Hancock Park


Ann invites you to join her for a BBQ full of outdoor charm and wonderful conversation! Only a couple of spots left. Please RSVP if you would like to attend, directions will be sent in a confirmation email. Space is limited to 8 members.


Remember, only members may attend a Dine-Around. Thank you!


Chris Essel

Holly J. Mitchell

Natalie Samarjian

Congratulations Christine and Holly!


Coro Southern California’s annual event celebrates innovative civic leaders and the positive impact they have made across the region. This year, TWO of our Trusteeship members are being honored! Chris Essel, President and CEO of Southern California Grantmakers, will receive the Crystal Eagle Award; and Coro alumna, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, will be honored with Coro’s esteemed Alumni Impact Award.


And, finally, congratulations to the President & CEO of Coro Southern California, Trusteeship Member Natalie Samarjian, for what we know will be another uplifting, inspiring and smashingly successful dinner! 


Tickets are available for at When you purchase your ticket, please indicate that you are with The Trusteeship. And, also, please let Cristina Rose know if you are planning to attend, so we may arrange a table and seat Trusteeship members together.


You may contact Cristina Rose, if you would like further information.



Event Details


Thursday, October 5, 2023

5:30 pm Reception and cocktails

7:00 pm Dinner and awards


Business Cocktail attire

Taglyan Complex

1201 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90038


Billie Greer

Billie Greer has been elected Chair of the Exposition Park & California Science Center Board of Directors for the 2023-24 year. Appointed by the Governor, the nine-members board supports the office of Exposition Park management and the California Science Center by providing policy direction and guidance. Billie has served on the board for several years, having been appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger; reappointed twice by Governor Brown; and is presently serving at the pleasure of Governor Newsom. Amazing things are happening in the park. The Science Center is starting the complex process required to display the Endeavor space craft vertically – in launch position.

The Coliseum is celebrating its 100th year in the park. The Natural History Museum will soon be opening a new wing. The California African American Museum has been undergoing renovation and is about to reopen. LAFC and Angel City are exciting soccer fans at the Bank of Montreal soccer stadium. Lots of activities for kids and seniors are happening at the Expo Center. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is under construction with an opening date sometime in 2025. And, the park is looking ahead in anticipation of the 2026 World Cup matches and the 2028 summer Olympic games.


Yolanda Nava

Yolanda Nava presented on a panel, “Saving Seeds and Storytelling”, at this year’s Parliament of World Religions Global Conference, live and virtually from Chicago on August 14, opening day of the week-long Conference. The Conference theme Is a response to our challenging times: Defending freedom and human rights, a call to conscience.  



Kristin Sakoda

A message from Kristin

Los Angeles is the cultural capital of the world. And the arts have been proven to support individual, community, and regional health, wellbeing, economic prosperity, and human development. Yet our arts, culture, and creative ecosystem requires feeding and tending to ensure the artists, organizations, museums, cultural centers, theatres, film and literary arts, and youth arts education can not only survive but thrive — especially as we continue to see challenges for performing arts coming out of the pandemic, and labor strife in the film and screen industries for actors, performers, writers, artists, and others.


To meet this moment, in my role as Director of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, I led a team to leverage public sector funding and program design that resulted in a historic and unprecedented investment of over $31 million in grants awarded to over 750 nonprofit arts and equity-building organizations in Los Angeles County. There has never been a public sector arts investment of this scale in terms of both funding and number of arts organizations and reach, in the history of the LA region.


The majority of the funding is through Creative Recovery LA, a one-time recovery initiative utilizing funds from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, allocated by the honorable (and all female) LA County Board of Supervisors to the Department to design a program to support recovery of the arts organizations that in turn ensure the recovery of our communities, with priority for communities hardest hit by COVID and inequity. 


All told, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture is on track to deliver approximately $40 million in relief and recovery grant funding to ensure and culture in Los Angeles County, with an additional nearly $40 million in grants to the arts sector as a steering committee member in the public-private LA Arts Recovery Fund with private philanthropy partners.


Read more here


Stacy Phillips

Stacy has been ranked in Band 1, the highest group of attorneys, for Los Angeles Family & Matrimonial Law in Chambers High Net Worth 2023, noting that “Stacy has the capability of analyzing the situation, and instead of just litigating, she achieves good results for her clients through negotiation.”



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Upcoming IWF Programs

Detroit, Michigan: 2023 IWF World Leadership Conference

What’s Going On?

Registration is now open for IWF’s 2023 World Leadership Conference and Gala, October 4 – 6 in Detroit, Michigan – What’s Going On?

Our world-class speakers will examine artificial intelligence and what it means for the future of humanity; explore the transformation of transportation and its implications for the climate; and explain how our environment shapes our brains and bodies even before birth and much more. As always, the program is designed to engage, inform, and inspire.


Register Here

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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

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“Joining The Trusteeship has truly changed my life for the better in ways I could never have predicted. It has opened up an entirely new world by broadening my circle of friends beyond work colleagues to include some of the kindest and most accomplished women in Southern California.”

– Gale Anne