The Trusteeship
International Women's Foundation

What is The Trusteeship?

Founded in 1979, The Trusteeship is a Southern California invitation-only organization that brings together preeminent women of achievement and influence from diverse fields through customized programming, providing its members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences in an environment of collegiality.  Its 200+-membership base covers four counties:  Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange, and San Diego. Members are in academia, the arts, armed forces, corporate and entrepreneurial business, banking and investments, entertainment and media, law, public sector, sports, sciences, nonprofits, to name a few.

The Trusteeship is the Southern California chapter of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement across five continents, 23 nations and 64 affiliated forum locations:  4,500 women leader-members from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific Basin, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership in a conference format to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world.

Transcending political, philosophical, and cultural boundaries, The Trusteeship allows members to interface with each other in opportunities they would never have had, broadening one’s experience and knowledge base — enhancing one’s life.   Most importantly, it is about the unique relationships that are cultivated within The Trusteeship that members most value.

Through the relationships that develop, members often find areas of common interests and work together to address issues at the local, state, national and international levels or come together to champion emerging women leaders.

Getting involved is the best way to enjoy your membership to the fullest.  Besides attending as many programs as your schedule allows, you can join one of our committees, listed below.  And of course comments and suggestions are always welcome!  Just contact Administrator Julie Edwards at or President Tara Balfour,


IWF Conferences

Melbourne, Australia: May 2-4, 2018 – IWF Cornerstone Conference

Miami, Florida: October 24-26, 2018 – IWF World Leadership Conference

Barcelona, Spain: April 2019 – IWF Cornerstone Conference

Toronto, Canada: November 13-15, 2019 – IWF World Leadership Conference

Vienna, Austria: May 2020 – IWF Cornerstone Conference

Detroit, Michigan: October 7-9, 2020 – IWF World Leadership Conference


“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 women I have ever met.”

– Judith