WIIT Weekly | Week of May 29, 2019
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Please join us for the night to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of this year's Awardees!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at The National Press Club
Awards recipients include:
  • “Woman of the Year” awardee Chrystia Freeland, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Canada
  • “Business Legacy” awardees Doral Cooper and Kate Clemans, C&M International
  • “Government Service” awardee Kelly Ann Shaw, National Economic Council, National Security Council
  • “Emerging Leader” awardee Hemal Shah, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • “Lifetime Achievement” awardee Ambassador Judy Reinke, U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro
  • “WIIT Program Section of the Year” awardees Jing Zhu and Grace Kim, Trade Remedies Program Section
  • “WIIT Member of the Year” awardee Kathi Lunardi, WIIT Charitable Trust Chair

Student/Government WIIT Member $90 / Regular WIIT Member $110 / Non-Members $135
*Corporate Members have complimentary tickets available. Please contact for more information.

CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Understanding Trump's National Security Tariffs: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the President, after investigation by the Department of Commerce, to "adjust" imports determined to threaten the national security, In March 2018, President Trump imposed a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum, Most countries are covered by these tariffs but some have negotiated quotas with the United States, National security tariffs are now looming for automobiles and auto parts, and section 232 investigations are underway for uranium and titanium sponge.

Two expert panels will examine:
  • The arcane law and its limits as tested by litigation,
  • Proposed legislation to restrict the President's authority.
  • The steel and aluminum tariffs and the product exclusion process, and how these have impacted US manufacturers and global supply chains.
  • The effect of such tariffs on the auto industry.
  • The impact on the negotiation of free trade agreements.

June 3rd from 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

June 12, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

2019 WIIT Annual Meeting
Open to Current WIIT Members Only

Hosted at The National Press Club, Washington, DC

June 12, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

2019 WIIT Annual Awards Dinner

     6:00 - 7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception
     7:00 - 9:00 PM | Dinner and Awards Program

Hosted at The National Press Club, Washington, DC

June 20, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Leveraging LinkedIn: Managing your LinkedIn Profile
for Career Growth and Visibility 

Hosted at CT Strategies, Washington, DC

July 19, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Leadership Lessons: Breaking the Glass
Health Care Ceiling

Hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

WIIT Women in the World
WIIT member Julie Stitzel, Managing Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) interviews Adam Broun, CEO of Kensho Technologies, on global innovation issues at TECNation: Boston on May 23.
Trust Tidbit
The Trust is proud to announce the winners of our Spring scholarship:  Amanda Abrom and Locky Catron. Check out more information on both of these fantastic young women below. Note that we are still looking for one mentor; if you are willing to speak with one of our winners a few times in the next 12 months, please email

Amanda Abrom
Amanda Abrom is an entering Masters student in International Affairs at Columbia University. Amanda’s interest in international trade all began after attending the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the World Investment Forum 2018 as a Youth Delegate where she spoke to 300 young leaders at the UN Geneva Headquarters. Currently, she is a Fulbright Scholar teaching English and volunteering with UNICEF España in Madrid, Spain. Additionally, Amanda volunteers with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Youth) as a Global Schools Ambassador and has presented their work at the Vatican Youth Symposium in Vatican City.Previously, Amanda worked on the US Department of State’s Exchange Programs as a university Peer Mentor for students from 13 countries participating in the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative and the SUSI Women's Leadership Program. She has taught English in Chile with the Chilean Ministry of Education and volunteered for non-profits in Latin and South America. In her future studies and career, Amanda hopes to explore issues related to trade, workforce development, and the future of youth employment. She is so grateful to have received this scholarship and would like to thank the WIIT Trust for their support and for believing in her!

Locky Catron
Locky Catron is a student in the Master of International Affairs program at The Bush School at Texas A&M University. Her focus is International Development and Economic Policy. She received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. Between academic programs, Locky helped launch a start-up company that developed an open-source tractor for small-scale farmers in the US and abroad. She was also a Writing Fellow for the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University.
Have you Updated your WIIT Profile?
WIIT Members please take five minutes to update your profile, express your interest in participating in the speakers bureau, and provide complete information for the WIIT Membership Directory. Your participation will deepen the WIIT network of members and create professional and speaking opportunities. Thank you for your investment of time to strengthen WIIT.
Event Recaps
WIIT Hosts May 16th Leadership Series with
Nancy McLernon at Arnold & Porter

from left to right: Moushami P. Joshi (VP of Programming), Nancy McLernon (President and CEO of OFFI),
and Katherine Bedard (VP of Professional Development)

On May 16 Arnold & Porter hosted WIIT and its guest Nancy McLernon, President and CEO of the Organization for International Investment (OFFI) for a wide ranging talk on the nature of advocacy for international companies to her story growing a highly reputed organization with a niche focus. Nancy spoke about how her interest in the value foreign companies bring to the U.S. economy was piqued at an early stage in her career during a period which also saw rising backlash against Japanese companies in the United States. She took it upon herself to educate lawmakers on the Hill and followed up with an opinion piece on discriminatory taxes borne by international companies. That piece was eventually published by the New York Times. This was the impetus she needed to start OFFI with other founders at the young age of twenty four. Nancy also spoke candidly about the proactive choice she made to balance her family life with her professional growth and why having a plan matters. She shared advice on standing out in one’s career and the importance of effective networking.

The event was organized by Lisa Schroeter (President), Katherine Bedard (VP of Professional Development) and Phyllis Derrick (Arnold & Porter) and moderated by Moushami P. Joshi (VP of Programming).
Job Opportunity
is hiring a Manager to support its trade policy positions and other global technology policies.
Learn more and apply here.
The Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) and the OWIT Tampa Bay Chapter are hosting OWIT’s 19th World Conference this year in Tampa, Florida, on October 24, 2019 with the theme ‘Year of the Woman’.

The Tampa Bay region is growing with entrepreneurship and business development at its core. Over the course of the conference, participants, comprised of OWIT global chapter members, partners, and attendees, will be given extraordinary access to trade experts, networking opportunities, and business insights. Indeed, OWIT’s vision for its members and participants is ambitious: to empower women in both developed and emerging nations and throughout the world to powerfully shape international trade.

Wednesday, October 23
Orlando Business Day
Thursday, October 24
#OWITConTampaBay - Year of the Woman! 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Port Tour (Subject to Weather) 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Awards Dinner 6:30 PM
Friday, October 25
OWIT Board Meeting. All are welcomed to attend!
No Host Dinner at Brio, 6:30 PM

The Spring issue covering all things
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
was released in March!

Self Confidence is one of the hardest things to achieve, especially for women. WIIT is sharing inspirational musings by women leaders to combat this and help women be less ambivalent to LEAN IN and get to the top!

 “If you know what you want, ask for that. Let them tell you no, don't tell yourself no."


-Chelsey Hall, advisor to Stacey Abrams

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