WIIT Weekly | Week of September 18, 2019
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Building Trade Ties with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders Networking Reception

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invite you to a networking reception with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders group.
In recent years, the Republic of Korea has been at the forefront of negotiating free trade agreements with partners in all regions of the world. Yet the diplomats and negotiators tasked with forging these deals have been almost exclusively male. As highly educated and qualified Korean women are entering government service and related private sector jobs at increasing rates, they have few female role models and mentors to offer advice and support their career growth and success. This reality can have a limiting effect on their career trajectory and ability to reach positions of leadership, and impacts the overall interests of the country.

October 1st from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McLarty Associates, 900 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC

Did someone say scholarships??  The deadline for this Fall's applications is October 15.  And we already have five applicants! 

We are looking for a few good readers / graders to help us with selecting winners.  No experience needed, as we will provide a matrix.  If you are interested, please contact Kathi:
Event Recap
WIIT Hosts Sept 12th Group Mentoring Event at CT Strategies
WIIT Members harnessed collective knowledge to tackle career challenges at a Group Mentoring event on September 12th hosted and led by CT Strategies. Kelley Sanabria expertly led the discussion which touched on topics including how to find out about an employer’s work culture, networking tips as an introvert, navigating USAJobs and being a generalist versus a specialist. Each participant had the opportunity to ask for career advice and also shared their experience. It was a great opportunity to exchange professional development tips with WIIT members. Keep your eyes posted for similar events coming soon!

Separately, we are gathering applications for individual mentorships. If you want to be a mentor or mentee, please email If you have applied recently, please email us again.
Individual Mentoring

WIIT is matching up mentors and mentees!
Would you like to connect with someone within the International Trade community? We are looking for all career levels.
If you haven’t applied in the past please email
If you have participated, and are still interested, please email us again.
In The News

WIIT Member Cristina Brayton-Lewis writes about the US-China Tech War and the importance of export controls and compliance.
Wondering where the 2020 Democratic candidates fall on trade issues? Check out this explainer from US News.
WIIT Member Hemal Shah writes in The Diplomat on on U.S.-India trade in advance of the Modi-Trump/Goyal-Lighthizer meetings.
To register for the event and learn more about the requirements and desired skills of a Foreign Service officer, visit
FAS will begin accepting applications in October for individuals interested in taking the Foreign Service Officer Assessment, scheduled for December in Washington, D.C.
The Summer Issue covering all things
Section 232 was released in June!
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This daylong conference will feature a robust program of interesting and informational speakers followed by a late afternoon harbor tour of Port Tampa Bay concluding with a delightful evening at TBOWIT’s Annual Awards Dinner. Topics to include global business practices, leadership, and empowerment.

Wednesday, October 23
Orlando Business Day (No Host Lunch/Dinner) 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
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 - 9:00 PM
Friday, October 25
OWIT Board Meeting. All are welcomed to attend! 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
No Host Dinner at Brio, 6:30 PM (RSVP to

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