WIIT Weekly | Week of June 26, 2019
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Hi, this is Yuri Unno and am the Director for International Trade at Toyota’s Washington D.C. office. I am excited to be the new President of WIIT for this coming year.

It is going to be a very exciting year for WIIT as trade is one of the hottest topic in Washington these days. We need to seize this moment for our global domination and to stay connected in this rapidly changing trade environment.

Looking forward working with you and seeing you all being engaged and take full advantage of the membership.
Thank you to all who attended our Annual Awards Dinner on June 12.

We had a wonderful time celebrating Women Empowering Women AND promoting Trade. Congratulations to this year's honorees, including:
  • Minister Chrystia FreelandMinister for Foreign Affairs, Canada | 2019 Woman of the Year
  • Doral Cooper and Kate Clemans, C&M International | Business Legacy Award
  • Kelly Ann ShawNational Economic Council, National Security Council | Government Service Award
  • Hemal ShahU.S. Chamber of Commerce | Emerging Leader Award
  • Ambassador Judy Reinke, U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro | Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jing Zhu and Grace Kim, Trade Remedies Program Section | WIIT Program Section of the Year
  • Kathi LunardiWIIT Charitable Trust Chair | WIIT Member of the Year
These inspiring women spoke about their journeys in trade with humor, warmth, and candidness. We were honored to be able to celebrate this night alongside them. 

Leadership Lessons: Breaking the Glass Health Care Ceiling

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to our latest Leadership Development Series on Women Leaders in Global Health Policy. Kimberly Russo, CEO of George Washington University (GWU) hospital, and GW’s FIRST female CEO in their 150 year history, will share experiences on leadership development, managing up in your career and how she brings her skills to having GW lead on global health innovation. From policy to practice, join us for this insightful discussion on women leading change.

This interactive roundtable will be followed by a networking reception.

July 19th from 3:00pm - 5:30pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St NW, Washington, DC
The Summer issue covering all things Section 232 was released this month!
In The News
WIIT Member Orit Frenkel of the American Leadership Initiative wrote an op-ed in USA Today on the U.S.-China digital competition.

President Donald Trump’s tariffs-by-tweet tendencies and brinkmanship on both sides of the negotiating table have led to a breakdown in talks with China, an escalating trade war, and no doubt many sleepless nights in Beijing and in American boardrooms. But for the United States, the unease is misdirected. 

What should keep American businesses and politicians up at night has little to do with levies on specific commodities or Chinese products. While Washington is targeting Beijing with tariffs over individual trade grievances, China has been laying the foundation to direct and influence digital trade — the booming engine of global commerce — unopposed, with deep pockets and grand ambitions.

Event Recaps
WIIT Hosted June 17th Panel at BakerHostetler LLP on Latin America's Role in World Trade

On June 17th BakerHostetler LLP hosted the panel “Latin America’s Role in World Trade and its Relationship with The U.S.” organized by WIIT members Gabriela Sampedro and Laura Escalante.

The panel featured Guillermo Malpica (former senior official at Ministry of Economy of Mexico), Anabel Gonzalez (consultant and non-resident fellow at PIIE), Mauricio Mesquita (Chief Economist of the Integration and Trade Sector at IDB), and Anne McKinney (Vice President for the Americas at the US Chamber of Commerce); moderated by Laura Escalante (founder of Lean Castle). 

The discussion covered the most relevant challenges and opportunities that Latin America faces in relation to trade, from the impact of trade wars and disagreements regarding regional integration, to the emergence of new leaderships in developing countries and the potential of stronger partnerships with Europe and Asia. The importance of Latin America for US private sector –as production partner and export market– was also analyzed, and some options for a mutually beneficial growth and stability explored. The presenter of the US Chamber of Commerce, mentioned that currently the top-level priority of the chamber is to secure the ratification of USMCA. The panelists agreed on the importance of Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, as main economies in Latin America and the role they play in securing a prosperous path forward for the region, and the multilateral trade system.

The discussion also touched on the rising awareness on the importance of trade driven in large part due to the current climate of global conflicts on trade issues.
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


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!

 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."


-Alice Walker

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