WIIT Weekly | Week of March 6, 2019
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Views for 2019:
Congresswomen on Leadership & Trade

WIIT will be hosting an insightful discussion on the 2019 Congressional trade agenda,
from the perspectives of emerging women leaders in Congress, including
Congresswoman Suzanne DelBene (WA-01) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2).
The panel is being moderated by Jenny Leonard of Bloomberg.

Wednesday, March 13th from 5:30 - 8:00pm
6:00 | Panel Discussion
7:00pm | Reception

Jones Day
300 New Jersey Ave NW
ington, DC 20001
$50 WIIT Members / $70 Non-Members   

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March 5, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Trade Talk: US Sanctions, Export Controls,
and Other Trade Tools

Rescheduled from January 23rd

Hosted at Dechert LLP, Washington, DC

March 12, 2019 | 8:30am - 9:30am

New Moms Roundtable

Hosted by Pfizer, Washington, DC

March 13, 2019 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Views for 2019: Congresswomen on Leadership & Trade
WIIT's 2019 International Women's Day Reception

$40 WIIT Members / $60 Non Members until March 1st

Hosted at Jones Day, Washington, DC

March 15, 2019 | 9:00am - 5:00pm                                  Baker Hostetler LLP

OWIT International Board Meeting                                     1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste. 1100

Network with OWIT International and our 22 sister chapters
around the globe who will join us.  

All WIIT DC members are invited to attend the OWIT International Board meeting. OWIT International will discuss its 2019 agenda and their numerous volunteer positions available.


March 15, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

WIIT/OWIT Networking and Fashion Event at
Ann Taylor Connecticut Avenue

25% Off Your Full Price Purchase for all WIIT and OWIT shoppers!

Hosted at Ann Taylor on Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

March 29, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Intellectual Property:
Trailblazers in Sports and Fashion

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

April 2, 2019 | 6:30pm

11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge
Use code "WIIT" to get $15 off General Admission and VIP Tickets.

Hosted by TCMA at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC

April 3, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Women in Leadership: A Fireside Chat with
Kathleen Cannon, Tina Kimble and
Vanessa Sciarra

Hosted at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Washington, DC

April 8, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Views from the Hill: Congressional Trade Agenda 2019
Open to WIIT Members only

Hosted at Sidley Austin, Washington, DC

April 11, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

How to Engage on Trade Negotiations –
Experience of the Public and Private Sectors

Hosted at the International Student House, Washington, DC

In The News
There's soon to be a new female Fortune 500 CEO in town.

In 2020, Old Navy will spin off from Gap Inc. to become its own publicly-traded company, the parent company announced yesterday. Old Navy's current president and CEO Sonia Syngal is staying on to lead the new entity, which, at $8 billion, is large enough to make the Fortune 500 on its own. That means she'll join the way-too-small club of women Fortune 500 chief executives that currently stands at 27 following the departure of Geisha Williams from PG&E
Trust Tidbit
Hard to believe, but its almost the end of this “year” of the Trust.  It really is true that time flies when one is having fun:  the Silent Auction was a success, the scholarship prompt has been revamped, and Trade 101 is in the works.  Now all we need is YOU and your enthusiastic support to take us into next “year”.  We would love to hear from WIIT members who would like to join the Trust Team and help us move forward.  All ideas welcome, no outrageous time commitment, just a fun little group with whom to work.

If you would like more information or want to get more involved with the trust please email Kathi Lunardi:
Event Recaps
CT Strategies Hosts WIIT's Talk with Karen James Chopra
On March 1 WIIT hosted career counsellor Karen James Chopra for a talk on “Taking charge of your career from an internship to the C-Suite” at the offices of CT-Strategies. Karen provided helpful tips on how to navigate work challenges and seize opportunities in order to build a successful career for oneself. She highlighted the importance of taking time to build networks both within and outside one’s immediate work environment and leveraging these networks towards securing future job prospects.

In what was an interactive and engaging discussion, attendees shared their own experiences on a range of issues from using networks to secure the desired job, effective time management skills and handling challenging colleagues and work environments.  Karen also addressed a number of questions on salary negotiations and effective use of social media to further one’s career. For individual needs Karen can be reached at
WIIT and CLA Hold Tariff Panel at CBP Office
On February 27, the Customs, Logistics & Transportation programming section of WIIT held a lunchtime panel on the topic of “Navigating the Future: Tariff Implications of the Trade War on U.S. Manufacturers”. This event was organized in partnership with the Customs Lawyers Association (CLA).

The three panelists – Allyson Mattanah, Chief of the Chemicals, Petroleum, Metals & Miscellaneous Classification Branch at the CBP Office of Trade; Yuri Unno, Director for International Trade Policy, Government & Industry Affairs at Toyota Motor North America; and Nicole Vasilaros, SVP of Government & Legal Affairs at the National Marine Manufacturers Association – each shared how the Section 301 and 232 tariffs impacted their day-to-day operations, and shared their perspective on the long-term repercussions.

With WIIT and CLA participants representing a range of interested government, private-sector, and trade association stakeholders, the discussion with the panelists on this top-of-mind issue was lively and insightful.
WIIT and GATT Join "Trade Guys"
at Live Podcast Recording
WIIT and GATT (LGBT professionals in international trade) members joined the insightful CSIS “Trade Guys,” Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller, on February 21st for a reception and live recording of the trade-policy focused podcast.

Bill and Scott peppered guests Marjorie Chorlins (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and Barbara Weisel (Rock Creek Advisors) with questions regarding U.S.-China negotiations, the national security investigation into autos and auto parts, and potential bilateral agreements with the E.U. and Japan.
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