WIIT Weekly | Week of January 8, 2020
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January 29, 2020 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Please join Florida House on Capitol Hill and The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) for a Trade Talk discussion on the United States’ trade relationships in the Africa region including challenges and opportunities, along with the State of Florida’s important contribution to the world. 


  • Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary of Commerce

January 29, 2020 
8:30AM                            Arrival
9:00AM - 10:00AM         Remarks + Discussion

Florida House on Capitol Hill
1 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Nearest Metros: Capitol South, Union Station

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Note: Florida orange juice, coffee, and light breakfast will be provided. 

February 26, 2020 | 8:00am - 6:00pm

5th Networking Forum on Women Leaders in Defense & Aerospace Law & Compliance, Presented by ACI and WIIT
This conference will provide a forum for women in the defense & aerospace legal and compliance community to discuss professional opportunities as to foster communication between like-minded individuals about the key legal, compliance, regulatory, and enforcement developments to impact the defense and aerospace industry in the past year.

Unlike other events, this agenda has been developed based on discussions with industry professionals and is designed to share real world experiences and lessons learned for leadership, advancement and success


  • Donna M. Shafer, Associate Center Director, NASA Johnson Space Center 

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Cir NW
Washington, DC 20005

Nearest Metros: McPherson Square (orange & blue lines), Farragut North (red line)

For more information on pricing, please visit

Note: WIIT Members can save 10% with registration code: D10-101-101CX02

Check out the newest WIIT Communique: Multitasking. 
In this issue of WIIT Communiqué, we wanted to ask some of our amazing WIIT members how they "do it all" when they are super busy, especially around the holidays. Read more about how Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Evelyn M. Suarez, Barbara Weisel, and Lisa Schroeter use their unique perspectives to help them succeed when it comes to multitasking. 
In the News
WIIT Member Emily Benson of the Bertelsman Foundation created a great infographic on digital trade!

Member states of the WTO are currently engaged in the e-commerce talks, intended to establish international rules for the flow of digital goods and services. On December 10, WTO member states agreed to extend the moratorium on international duties for electronic transmissions until the upcoming Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Kazakhstan in June. Whether streaming Spotify, using Google Maps, or purchasing a good on Amazon, cross-border data flows are the key component underpinning the international digital economy. The decision by individual countries or certain regions to raise barriers to digital trade could significantly hinder the flow of data that so many people and industries have come to take for granted. International rules and regulations help ensure certainty in this digital marketplace, fostering innovation and cohesion in an increasingly complex global economy.

Event Recap
WIIT and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP hosted "Is this the end of WTO's Appellate Body" panel
On December 10, 2019 WIIT in partnership with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP co-hosted a panel discussion titled “Is this the end of the WTO’s Appellate Body”. The discussion which took place on the last functioning day of the Appellate Body touched on the reasons underpinning the Appellate Body’s appointment crisis, the many substantive and procedural objections raised by the United States that were central to the deadlock and suggestions for tools that can be employed to enable the WTO membership to move forward. While several panelists agreed that a number of U.S. complaints were legitimate, they believed that holding up the appointment process seriously undermined the prospect of achieving negotiating outcomes at the WTO. With a non-functioning Appellate Body, several panelists warned of future scenarios where countries potentially take matters into their own hands by engaging in unilateral retaliation as a means of enforcing panel decisions in their favor. The event was also covered by Inside US Trade and is available here:
The panel comprised of Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Minister-Counsellor (Economic and Trade Policy) at the Embassy of Canada,  Jennifer Hillman, Senior Fellow for trade and international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Kathleen Claussen, Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Law and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Simon Lester, Associate Director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies and Stephan Becker, Partner, International Trade, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. The discussion was moderated by WIIT VP of Programming and WTO section Co-Chair Moushami Joshi.

WIIT, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and DC GALS hosted US-Irish Trade Relations panel
On Friday, December 6th, WIIT was happy to partake in a panel discussion with Irish Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Irish Secretary General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Dr Orlaigh Quinn, and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland Emer Rocke.   The Irish diplomats spoke over a light breakfast on Ireland's important role in the EU in the post-Brexit world and on the future of U.S.-Irish trade relations. The three female diplomats, among the highest ranking in Ireland's international trade portfolio, also discussed Ireland's policy of promotion of women, the important role of immigrants in the workforce, and the booming tech industry.  WIIT's Europe section co-hosted the event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and DC GALS.  
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