Past Meetings

2021 – 2022

November 16, 2021

Jennifer Lindholm, PhD, Angela Sanchez, and Charles W. Evans
UCLA Honors Collegium
Philanthropy as Civic Engagement:
Empowering the Next Generation of Philanthropists

October 19, 2021
Mary D. Nichols
Professor-in-Residence, UCLA School of Law
Environmental Regulator

2020 – 2021

May 18, 2021
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Lecture
Emerald M. Archer, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for the Advancement of Women
Mount Saint Mary’s University

April 20, 2021
Shirley Nash Weber, PhD
CA Secretary-of-State

March 16, 2021
Barbara N. Horowitz, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCLA Division of Cardiology
Co-director, UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Program

February 5, 2021
Ben Allen
California State Senator

November 17, 2020
Lori Bettison-Varga, PhD
President and Director
Natural History Museums of LA County

October 20, 2020
Elizabeth Benson Forer
CEO, Venice Family Clinic

2019 – 2020

Dr. Shafir
May 19, 2020
Shira Shafir, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


Lori Bettison-Varga Photo (1)
April 21, 2020
Lori Bettison-Varga, PhD
President and Director
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
(Canceled by Covid-19; To Be Rescheduled)


BNH Headshot 2019 (1)
March 17, 2020
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Professor of Medicine, DGSOM Division of Cardiology
Co-Director, UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Program
(Canceled by Covid-19; To Be Rescheduled)

Dan Lowenstein
February 4, 2020
Daniel Lowenstein, Emeritus Professor
UCLA School of Law
Director, CLAFI
Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions

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November 19, 2019
Monica L. Smith, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies

Claire (1)

October 15, 2019
Claire West Orr
Founder PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
FWC 2019 Woman of Distinction


2018 – 2019

May 21, 2019
Janet Pregler, MD, FACP
Director, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center



Phyllis Amboss

April 16, 2019
The Play’s the Thing — or Three!
Phyllis Amboss, Playwright
One-act plays, written by and/or performed by FWC members


Marjorie and Rochelle


Marjorie Friedlander and Rochelle Caballero
Play Reading Founding and Current Chairs, respectively


Danijela Cabric

March 19, 2019
Champagne Celebration of 100 Years!
Danijela Cabric, PhD
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


February 5, 2019
Scholarship Dinner
Nina Shapiro, MD
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, DGSOM

November 13, 2018
Evan Kleiman
Chef, Cookbook Author, Restaurateur, Radio Host


October 16, 2018
Jeanne Pritzker
Founder and Chair, Foster Care Counts
FWC Woman of Distinction


2017 – 2018

May 15, 2018
Amy Elaine Wakeland
First Lady of Los Angeles
Political Strategist, Public Policy Expert


April 17, 2018
Zorana Ercegovac, PhD
FWC Past President, FWC Centennial Co-Chair
Creator of FWC Multimedia Album


March 20, 2018
Sherry Lansing
UC Regent
Educator, Filmmaker, Producer, Studio President and CEO


kelsey-martinFebruary 6, 2018
Kelsey C. Martin, MD, PhD
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA



christine-simmonsNovember 14, 2017
Christine Simmons
President and COO, Los Angeles Sparks



Emada-TingiridesOctober 17, 2017
Emada E. Tingirides
Lieutenant, Los Angeles Police Department
FWC Woman of Distinction


2016 – 2017

lorraine-flintMay 16, 2017
Lorraine Flint, PhD
Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey
California Water Science Center


andrea-ghezApril 18, 2017
Andrea M. Ghez, PhD
Lauren B. Leichman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics
FWC Woman of Distinction



david-reubenMarch 21, 2017
David B. Reuben, MD
Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology
Chief, Division of Geriatrics, UCLA Center for Health Sciences


verna-porterFebruary 7, 2017
Verna Porter, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCLA
Director, Clinical Programs, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research


November 15, 2016
Peggy Alexander
Curator for Performing Arts, UCLA Library Special Collections

john-haroldOctober 18, 2016
John G. Harold, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and DGSOM



2015 – 2016

philip-rundelMay 17, 2016
Philip W. Rundel, PhD
Director, Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, UCLA
Professor, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


lee-gale-gruenApril 19, 2016
Lee Gale Gruen
Motivational Speaker, Actor, Author



rose-eichenbaumMarch 15, 2016
Rose Eichenbaum
Photographer, Educator



glen-langerFebruary 2, 2016
Glen A. Langer, MD
UCLA Emeritus Professor of Medicine/Physiology
Founder, Partnership Scholars Program


margo-leonetti-oconnellNovember 17, 2015
Margo Leonetti O’Connell
Director and Vice President of M2O, Inc. (Investments)



massimo-ciavolellaOctober 20, 2015
Massimo Ciavolella, PhD
Professor, Italian and Comparative Literature,
UCLA Department of Italian
Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


2014 – 2015

May 19, 2015
Marla C. Berns, PhD
Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director, UCLA Fowler Museum



Joe DiStefano, IIIApril 21, 2015
Jazz Program with Professors DiStefano and Millstein

Joe DiStefano, III
Professor of Computer Science and Medicine, UCLA
Chair, Computational & Systems Biology Interdepartmental Program

Todd Milstein
Todd Millstein
Associate Professor of Computer Science, UCLA



March 17, 2015
Janice Reiff
Professor of History and Statistics, UCLA


February 3, 2015
Two former recipients of FWC Scholarships
Claudia L. Kernan, PhD
Research Psychologist
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, DGSOM

Dean Ho, PhD
Professor, Oral Biology and Medicine, UCLA School of Dentistry
Professor, Bioengineering, UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science


November 18, 2014
Peter J. Taylor
First CFO, University of California
President of ECMC Foundation


October 21, 2014
Kathleen McHugh
Professor, Department of English
Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA Department of Film,
Television, and Digital Media


2013 – 2014

sherry-lansingMay 20, 2014
Sherry Lansing
UC Regent
Educator, Filmmaker, Producer, Studio President and CEO


francoise-lionnetMarch 25, 2014
Francoise Lionnet, PhD
Director, UCLA African Studies Center
Professor, UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies


linda-liauFebruary 4, 2014
Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Tumor Program, DGSOM


sandy-banksNovember 19, 2013
Sandy Banks
Columnist, Los Angeles Times



ruth-pearlOctober 15, 2013
Ruth Pearl
Founder, Daniel Pearl Foundation
FWC Woman of Distinction



2012 – 2013

linda-sarnaMay 21, 2013
Linda Sarna, PhD
Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair
UCLA School of Nursing


simon-levyApril 16, 2013
Simon Levy
Producing Director, Fountain Theatre


jim-newtonMarch 19, 2013
Jim Newton
Editor-at-large, Los Angeles Times
Senior Fellow, UCLA School of Public Affairs


elissa-hallemFebruary 5, 2013
Elissa Hallem, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA


heidi-crooksNovember 13, 2012
Heidi Crooks, RN
Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Nursing
Senior Associate Director of Operations and Patient Care Services
UCLA Health


barbara-natterson-horowitzOctober 16, 2012
Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Director of Imaging , UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center