WIIT Weekly | Week of November 13, 2019
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2019 Holiday Reception & Silent Auction

Don't miss out on celebrating the holidays with WIIT!

Sponsorship of the Holiday Reception & Silent Auction are now available! Please contact for more information.
Register NOW for the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust Annual Holiday Reception and Silent Auction on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 - 8:30pm at the Singapore Embassy!

You don't want to miss out on this extraordinary event - meet up with amazing women in trade, enjoy the hospitality of the Singapore Embassy AND have fun bidding on unique items that all contribute to scholarships for young women. Get into the holiday spirit and get some shopping done early while also giving back to a great cause!

Come prepared to bid on great items and have a wonderful time with your trade community friends!

  • H.E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
    Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America
Register Now!

November 19, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

WIIT and WIIT Trust Holiday Reception
and Silent Auction

Hosted at the Embassy of Singapore, Washington, DC

Event Recap
WIIT Hosts Discussion on the U.S. - Japan Trade Agreement at Nov. 5 Event

On November 5, 2019, the Asia Pacific, Technology & Digital Economy, and Agriculture program sections of WIIT collaborated on a Trade Talk on the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement with key officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Hosted by BSA | The Software Alliance, the off-the-record lunch event which was sponsored by GR Group Asia, drew an engaged crowd from government, business, and the press.
Moderated by Bridgette Clark, Representative Director, GR Group Asia, the discussion featured Michael Beeman, Assistant USTR for Japan, Korea and APEC, as well as Daniel Bahar, Assistant USTR for Services and Investment. Mr. Beeman provided an overview of the status of the U.S.-Japan deal which was concluded on September 25 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings, and includes provisions in the areas of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods, as well as digital trade. Mr. Bahar specifically focused on the digital trade part of the agreement in his remarks, and expanded his input on issues like the potential precedential effect on future trade negotiations, as well as the current WTO E-Commerce negotiations taking place in Geneva, in response to moderated questions from Sarah Skaluba, Policy Associate, BSA, and Eva Hampl, Senior Director, Investment, Trade and Financial Services, USCIB. The event concluded with remarks from Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA.


WIIT Hosts Kelly Ann Shaw at Oct. 28 Event

On October 28, WIIT was honored to host Kelly Ann Shaw, former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and NEC Deputy Director, for an insightful and enaging discussion on The Administration’s Trade Agenda, Experiences at the G7 and G20 and the opportunities for women in trade and international negotiations. With the kind hosting, and excellent moderating skills of Kellie Meiman Hock of McLarty Associations, the discussion ranged around the world, and particularly highlighting opportunities in the current and future trade agenda. WIIT was honored to be able to present Kelly Ann’s WIIT Government Service Award, in person, recognizing over a decade of dedicated government service. 

This is it - less than ONE week until the Holiday Party and Silent Auction.  As we mentioned last week, we have some great items available again this year including passes to Mount Vernon, City Winery tasting, Blue Man group tickets and much more!  We also have a NEW feature: whiskey and gin tasting!  Last year, this event sold out, so get your tickets today!
Job Opportunity   
                Asia Society    

Asia Society is seeking a Senior Program Officer. The Senior Program Officer coordinates and manages trade and economic initiatives, including task forces, policy commissions, and Track II dialogues carried out by the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), an independent, non- partisan, global think/do tank focused on tackling the major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region. He/she also coordinates ASPI’s public events and private meetings/roundtables in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the position and the application process here.
Check out the newest WIIT Communique: International Perspectives. 
In this issue of WIIT Communiqué, we wanted to focus on our members with international upbringings to learn how their multicultural backgrounds influenced their careers in trade. Read more about how Yuri Unno, Moushami P. Joshi, Alina Zarr, and Jing Zhu use their unique perspectives to help them succeed in the international trade arena. 
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.
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