WIIT Weekly | Week of January 15, 2020
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January 23, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the Washington Agricultural Roundtable invite you to an off the record roundtable discussion with Ceri Morgan, Deputy Director of the Global Trade Negotiations team in the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Deputy Director Morgan will provide an overview of the key trade issues facing the UK agriculture sector, the U.S.-UK trade relationship and implications of Brexit for the UK food and agriculture sector.


  • Ceri Morgan, Deputy Director of Global Trade Negotiations, UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ EU and International Trade Directorate
Moderated By:
  • Lorraine Riffle Hawley, Senior Director, International Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

Embassy of the United Kingdom 
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line)

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Note: Washington Agricultural Roundtable members can register at the WIIT member rate of $0. Please click on “Non Member Registration” and follow prompts.

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 4, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to join an interactive career panel on how to translate your policy smarts into a business case for employment in the private sector. Learn how our panelists transitioned from various roles in the U.S. Government to senior positions in the private sector. How do you find the right opportunity? Build a network? Create a compelling pitch? We’ll discuss these hot topics and much more!  


  • Hera Abbasi, Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive, IBM
  • Leila Aridi Afas, Director, International Public Policy, TOYOTA
  • Shantell Isaac, Director, International Government Relations, MetLife 
  • Jessica Lemos, Director, Federal Government Relations, Walmart
  • Kerry O’Brien, Vice President, Glover Park Group

Hosted By TOYOTA:
325 7th St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004

Nearest Metros: Gallery Place, Archives-Navy Memorial

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Note: Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, January 31st at 12pm.   

February 10-14, 2020 | 8:00am - 5:00pm

IIEL Global Trade Academy: Legal Foundations and New Directions of the Global Trading System, Presented by Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) 
Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) is running the 14th Global Trade Academy (GTA) this winter, from February 10-14, 2020. The Global Trade Academy is a pillar of IIEL's Executive Education program with over a decade of experience in training government, NGO, international organization, and private sector leaders.  Joining with colleagues from around the globe, GTA cohorts examine the legal foundations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its agreements, with a deep dive into the most cutting-edge global trade issues of the day.  

GTA cohorts ask the tough questions and examine:

  • Today’s hot-button international trade issues and events
  • The WTO’s future prospects, including the future of the Appellate Body
  • How the WTO relates to other global institutional and transnational commercial actors, agreements, and negotiations.

Who should attend:
Diplomats, legal professionals, trade policy officials, members of the international business, IGO and NGO communities, academics, and others – including those from developing countries and transition economies.

Confirmed speakers include leading former government experts including former U.S. Trade Representative and World Bank President Robert Zoellick; former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the U.S. Department of State Catherine Novelli; former acting Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn- and esteemed Georgetown Law faculty including Professors Jennifer Hillman, Sean Hagan, Michael Gadbaw, Katrin Kuhlmann, and many more! Please find a preliminary lineup of speakers here

Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC 

For more information on pricing, and to register please visit

Note: WIIT Members get a $100 discount! Early bird registration discounts are available until 1/17.

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

OWITCon Vancouver
OWITCon Vancouver will be May 27th-29th, 2020 in Vancouver in collaboration with Gro Your Biz. The OWIT Board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 30th in Vancouver, all members are welcome and details will follow. To purchase the full conference package please go to: Once you start registering, you will be asked to provide a VALUE CODE. Just type in MEMBER, and it will automatically provide you with the special rate of $499.00 Canadian. To register for the OWITConVancouver hotel, please go here:
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. 

Happy 2020! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday season.

As some of you know, I relocated to Philadelphia in July to be closer to my family. Although not in DC these past few months, I have tried to keep up my work with the Trust, with varying degrees of success.

However, the time has come for me to step down, allowing for a local individual to take over. Maybe that person is you??

I am so grateful to each and everyone of you for all of the support and help during my tenure.

Wishing you all the best! -Kathi Lunardi
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.

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