WIIT Weekly | Week of March 13, 2019
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Views for 2019: Congresswomen on Leadership & Trade

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

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

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 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

US-Japan Trade: Past, Present & Future

Location TBD, 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

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

Join WIIT and OWIT on Friday Evening! 

Come out to Ann Taylor on Connecticut Avenue from 5 - 7 pm to support a store in our community! Hear from an Ann Taylor stylist about how to pack for international travel, 2018 fashion trends, mixing and matching strategies… and more!

Plus, all WIIT and OWIT shoppers will receive 25% off your full-price purchase!

In The News
These Women Have Been Breaking Barriers in Business for 150 Years
In honor of International Women's Day,
Bloomberg has rounded up a list of odds-defying women
who made history in finance, investing and economics.

The Spring issue covering all things
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
was released yesterday!
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 program sections:
  • Western hemisphere
  • Environment & Energy
  • Technology and Digital Economy
  • Intellectual Property
  • WTO
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, March 22nd. Email Them Here
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!
Event Recaps
WIIT Hosts Trade Talk on Trade Tools at Dechert
The March 5 Trade Talk panel centered on the legislative, regulatory and enforcement developments in 2018 and thus far in 2019 in sanctions and export controls.  The speakers included top officials from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) as well as leading international trade lawyers from Dechert and Arent Fox. 

Sara Thannhauser, OFAC’s Deputy Assistant Director for Policy, highlighted OFAC’s focus on significant financial actors in order to maximize the actual impact of the agency’s enforcement actions and the importance of robust compliance commitments for the private sector actors.  Eileen Albanese, Director of the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC) at BIS, discussed the ongoing rulemaking process for “emerging technologies” and the expected process for “foundational technologies.”  Kay Georgi and Sean Kane added insight from a practitioner’s perspective, speaking to the nexus between new and old trade authorities and trade tools, global competition and national security. 

The panelist remarks were followed by a lively Q&A session with the audience, who came from government agencies, embassies, industry, trade association, law firms and other professional service firms.
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.
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:

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!

 “Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes."


-Bette Midler

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