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WLC and LMU at 100
WLC and LMU at 100
Commencement 2012 marked the end of the university’s yearlong centennial celebration. LMU has seen amazing change and growth during its first 100 years. As the Women’s Leadership Council grows with the university, we look forward to being an active participant in the next 100 years.

A momentous occasion such as this was cause to reflect on accomplishments and delight in imagining the future. It is only fitting that our 2011-12 gift went toward this important marker in LMU history. Our funds went to the design and publication of the LMU centennial yearbook, a commemorative keepsake that chronicles the university's history, mission, identity and the yearlong celebration of everything LMU. If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact Michelle Bernardin. If you prefer the digital version, it is available in the Apple iBookstore™, Amazon Kindle™ Store and on Barnes and Noble Nook™ devices (

Ginni Dreier - WLC web newsletter
Distinguished Alumni: Ginni Dreier '69 and Kathleen Desmond '71
We are thrilled that Ginni Dreier ’69 has been elected to the LMU Board of Trustees for 2012-13, as of June 1, 2012. The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of the university. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the educational, physical, and financial well-being of the university, as well as for its preservation and advancement as a leader in Catholic higher education. The board is composed of prominent lay persons, members of the Society of Jesus, and members of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange.

Kathleen Desmond
More than 200 alumni, friends, family and LMU faculty and staff gathered at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles on March 15 to celebrate the accomplishments of three distinguished alumni. Kathleen G. Desmond ’71, co-chair of the LMU Women’s Leadership Council and owner of Desmond Design in Phoenix, was was honored with the 2012 LMU Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Christian M. de Virgilio ’82 and Michael E. Mulvihill, Ph.D., ’59 were also honored. Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen H. Aikenhead praised the honorees for their professional accomplishments, their loyalty to the university, and for living the LMU mission as leaders in the community. Highlights of the evening included personal reflections from each of the honorees and the presentation of special commendations from L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Professor Hussain in NYC
WLC@NYC Continues to Grow; WLC@PHX to Launch
In 2009, a group of alumnae and LMU friends who had moved to the East Coast gathered to launch a local branch of WLC, to further advance the involvement and leadership of LMU women to our communities. WLC@NYC was born. Inspired, a similar group of women gathered in Phoenix earlier this year. Next year, we look forward to the inaugural event of WLC@PHX.

Beginning with the launch in March 2011, WLC@NYC has had three very successful events, most recently in April 2012, when LMU professor Amir Hussain presented “American Muslims: Fact vs. Fiction.” WLC@NYC will be holding their next event this fall.

Over the last six years, the WLC membership has grown tremendously and we welcome dynamic women across the New York tri-state area, and now Arizona, to join us in our journey. Becoming a member of WLC@NYC and WLC@PHX means you are joining an ever-growing community that is utilizing philanthropy to leverage the power of women in supporting and celebrating Loyola Marymount University.

We look forward to launching WLC@PHX and letting you know more details. More information will be emailed as plans are finalized.

California Women's Conference
The California Women's Conference
Get your tickets to one of the hottest events in town–The California Women’s Conference is coming to the Long Beach Convention Center on September 23 and 24, 2012. Tickets prices have been reduced for a limited time to $199 for the two-day event, with 20% of your ticket purchase benefitting the Women’s Leadership Council. To purchase your tickets, please go to our link

Whether you are looking to build your business, or simply be inspired by the movers and shakers of our time, you will find it all at The California Women’s Conference. The two-day event will feature a vast marketplace of ideas, a multitude of exhibits, and internationally-known speakers who are leaders in their fields. You will hear keynote addresses by notable women like attorney Gloria Allred J.D. ’74, actress Marcia Cross, and U.S. Olympic Champion Janet Evans.

Here is a glimpse of the stellar lineup of panels and speakers at the California Women’s Conference.
• “Legendary Ladies of Stage and Screen”–Rose Marie, Tippi Hedren and Julie Newmar–will offer a glimpse into the golden era of entertainment.
• The “Good News Girls” will feature TV journalists Wendy Burch, Pat Harvey, Christine Devine, Dorothy Lucey, and Ana Garcia, who are all dedicated making a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of people in need and at-risk in greater Los Angeles.
• The “Dolphin Tank” panel will highlight specially selected women entrepreneurs as they pitch their ideas and receive shame-free expert feedback on their projects.

Other topics will include Women in Sports, Working Moms, Better Health and Beauty from the Inside Out, Women in the Military, Personal Finance and Investments, and even a special 40th reunion of actresses from the Walton’s.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the largest women’s conference in America, while also supporting the LMU Women’s Leadership Council. Again, purchase your tickets at

Dr. Jana Klauer - WLC web newsletter
Dr. Jana Klauer '68 on "Keeping It Off"

Achieving a weight loss goal is an accomplishment that should be celebrated. Besides the health benefits, which are considerable, there is a sense of, “I did it. I lost the weight and I look great!” Bravo! After the hard work of losing weight, what you definitely don’t want to do is regain the weight. However, you’ll need to work at keeping the weight off for about a year while your body gets used to metabolic changes. After that, staying at your new weight should be easier, but at first you’ll have to deal with the fact that your caloric needs are lower than they were when you were heavier. You’ll have to adjust your intake accordingly. The good news is: there are behaviors and dietary measures that can help keep the weight off.

Learn from others
Only 1 in 6 adults are able to maintain a 10% weight reduction for 1 year. The National Weight Control Registry is a data base of individuals who have lost 60 lbs. or more and kept it off for a minimum of 5 years. We can all learn something from these men and women. What do they do?
• 90% exercise for 1 hour daily.
• 78% eat breakfast every day.
• 75% weigh themselves weekly.
• 62% watch less than 10 hours of television per week.

Keeping weight under control is tough because we are surrounded by so much food and it’s easy to become sedentary. So take charge of your life! Get organized. Start your exercise plan first because that is the anchor. Exercising builds mitochondria (energy factories) in your muscles, enabling you to burn more calories.

Keep carbs low
What you eat matters and new evidence suggests that the amount and type of dietary carbohydrates make a big difference in whether lost weight is regained. All weight loss causes a slowing of the metabolic rate; dietary composition determines which metabolic pathways and hormones are activated. A recent study of overweight individuals, who had lost 15% of their body weight, looked at which of 3 diets might be best for maintaining weight loss. The choices were: (1) a low-fat diet with 20% protein, (2) a low-glycemic index diet with 20% protein, and (3) a very low-carbohydrate diet with 30% protein (Atkins diet). All diets contained the same number of calories. This well-designed study used state-of–the-art measurements to track metabolic changes with each of the diets. All individuals were required to follow each diet for 4 weeks. At the beginning and at the end of each 4 week period, metabolic rates were measured.

The results revealed that the low-fat diet lowered metabolic rate much more than the other two diets – predicting a likelihood of weight regain with a low-fat diet. Both the low glycemic diet and the Atkins diet, because they contained only slowly digested carbohydrates and additional protein (in the Atkins diet) caused the body to expend more energy for digestion, preventing the drop seen with the low-fat diet. Thus, they offered a metabolic advantage over a low-fat diet, accounting for a difference of approximately 300 calories/day or the amount of calories in a one hour work-out!

In general, it’s important to keep in mind that, while there are genetic determinants of how we digest and metabolize different foods, limiting the amount of starchy carbohydrates (bread, pasta, white potato, white rice) is relatively easy compared to all the work involved in losing weight.

In summary, to keep weight off I recommend the following plan:
• Make daily exercise a priority. Aim for 1 hour.
• Don’t skip meals. Three meals and an afternoon snack work for most people.
• Eliminate easily digested carbohydrates from your diet.

Good Health To You,

Jana Klauer, M.D.
Dr. Jana Klauer ’68 is the author of the New York Times best-seller “How the Rich Get Thin” and sits on the WLC@NYC Task Force. Her recent book, “The Park Avenue Nutritionist’s Plan,” is available online and in bookstores. To learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, please see your doctor and visit Dr. Klauer’s website at