WIIT Weekly | Week of April 3, 2019
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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

April 12, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

The Role of International Institutions and
Private Sector Investment in Promoting
Economic Development

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

April 16, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Inclusive Trade & Women’s Economic Empowerment:
A Trade Talk with Arancha Gonzalez, ITC Geneva

Hosted at Baker Hostetler, Washington, DC

April 19, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Salary Negotiations - How to Get What You Want
And Deserve

Hosted at CT Strategies, Washington, DC

Call for WIIT Co-Chairs!
Are you looking to get more involved in WIIT?
Do you have a passion for one of our programming sections and want to volunteer? You are in luck!

For the new term starting in mid-May 2019, WIIT is seeking co-chairs for the following:
  • VP of Social Media
  • Asia-Pacific Program Section
If you are interested in being considered for one of these roles, please write Patricia Wu, Vice President of Elections and Moushami Joshi, Vice President of Programming, by Friday, April 5th. Email Them Here
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is offering WIIT Members a Great Opportunity to Attend the Upcoming 10th China Business Conference on April 30-May 1.

This annual conference is put on by the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce China Center and AmCham China.
The Chamber is very pleased to offer WIIT members a discounted registration rate of $850 (down from $1950) using the discount code 10CBCWIIT.
Event: 10th China Business Conference
When: April 30 – May 1, 2019
Where: 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20062

Register Here
$850 using discount code 10CBCWIIT
This year’s conference is shaping up to be one of our best yet.  We have an outstanding line-up of confirmed speakers, including:
  • Charlene Barshefsky, Former USTR
  • Eric Chewning, Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense
  • Tom Donilon, Former National Security Advisor
  • Susan Schwab, Former USTR
  • Lingling Wei, Chief China Economics Correspondent, WSJ
  • Helen Zhu, Managing Director, Head of China Equities, BlackRock
  • And many more!
From China’s domestic politics and economics, to supply chain uncertainty, to the intersection of national security and commercial opportunity, the 10th CBC will cover the gamut of pressing issues. Check out our website for the latest agenda and speaker list—we’re adding new information every day.
Event Recap

GIPC and WIIT Discuss the Role of Innovation
in the Fashion and Sports Industries

On March 29, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) to host a breakfast discussion on how intellectual property (IP)-led innovation has transformed the sports and fashion industries. With perspectives from industry leaders like Chanel, the NFL, and Under Armour, we discussed how these brands continually inspire innovation and creativity and the business of sports and fashion.

Speakers discussed why IP was important to their business, how counterfeit goods affect consumers, and shared ideas for greater collaboration. In addition, speakers also shared episodes from their career pathways that reflected how they addressed challenges but also built important skills. The event also featured findings from the U.S. Chamber’s study on the global sports economy and the 2019 IP Index.

In The News
Bracketology: Drafting Trade Agreements
 by WIIT Member Andrea Durkin  | March 29, 2019
You won’t find it in the Merriam Webster dictionary, but the term “bracketology” does appear in the Oxford Living Dictionary online.

The art of bracketology is also practiced in trade negotiations, but it’s a different matter altogether – an endeavor where busting the brackets means achieving agreement.

From First Round to Final Four
These sessions serve important purposes, allowing members to explain their general views, share factual information, and ensure there’s a common understanding about how negotiations will proceed. But it’s typically too hard to advance agreement on trade commitments in this format.

too, but all members participate in this tournament and if the trade negotiators do their jobs well, we all win. March Madness starts with 64 teams with just two on the court at one time. WTO negotiations involve 164 members and “plenary” sessions put them all on the court at one time.“rounds”The World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiates in
Read The Full Article Here

Originally Posted in
Trust Tidbit
Although it just barely feels like spring out there, one sure sign of the new season in our Spring WIIT Trust scholarship.  Thanks to our fantastic Silent Auction, we are well positioned to make these awards.  The deadline for Spring is April 15th, so please pass the information on to anyone you know who might be interested.  Click here to see the new prompt.
And if you would like to help read the submissions please let us know:
WIIT Women in the World
Leslie Griffin (WIIT Past President) and Kaitlin Sighinolfi (WIIT Board Member) discuss trade in Boston! 
Have questions on how to manage work and baby?
Tips for traveling (with or without!) kids?
Just feel like sharing ideas and questions with new Moms who have ALL been there, done that?

WIIT is forming an informal New Mom’s Networking Group!
If you’re interested in joining the group, please email and we’ll include you on the distribution for our first informal roundtable!
In Fortune’s Trailblazer series, powerful women in business
share formative stories about overcoming a challenge in their lives.

Lisa Sherman
How One CEO Came Out at Work—
and Improved Her Workplace for Everyone

Sherman was out in all other parts of her life: with her family, with her friends—with everyone outside the office. But at her job, she says she pretended that she was straight because she felt it was the best move to protect her career. She even kept a photo of her best friend, Bob, in her office to make it appear that she had a boyfriend.

Read the Full Story Here

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!

 “A charming woman doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself."


-Loretta Young

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