WIIT Weekly | Week of April 10, 2019
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The Role of International Institutions and Private Sector Investment in Promoting Economic Development

WIIT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce invite you to a Trade Talk featuring ministers of economic development and planning who will discuss how they are leveraging International Financial Institutions, non-profit organizations and private sector partnerships to guide and further their economic development plans.

April 12th from 8:30 - 10:00am
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
H.E. Winston Jordan
Minister of Finance, Guyana

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr
Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt
H.E. Zeid Ladhari
Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation for Tunisia
Honorable Ernesto Pernia
Secretary for Socio-Economic Planning and Director General of the National Economic & Development Authority of the Philippines
Inclusive Trade & Women’s Economic Empowerment:
A Trade Talk with Arancha Gonzalez

Join WIIT for a lively discussion with Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the The International Trade Centre (ITC).  The ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations working at the intersection of trade and empowerment to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development that contributes to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Hear from Archana on how trade can be better leveraged to promote inclusive growth and economic empowerment of women.

April 16th from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Baker Hostetler, 1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1100, 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 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

April 25, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

WIIT New Moms Networking Group
   Available to WIIT Members only

Hosted at McLarty Associates, Washington, DC

April 29, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Trade Talk: Legislative Initiatives to
Strengthen U.S. Sanctions

Hosted at Baker Mackenzie, Washington, DC

May 13, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Solving the Indian Equation: The Evolving
and Uncertain Nature of U.S.- India Trade Ties

Hosted at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, DC

May 16, 2019 | 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Leadership Series with Nancy McLernon,
Organization for International Investment (OFII)

Hosted at Arnold and Porter, Washington, DC

June 12, 2019 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm

2019 WIIT Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

     5:00 - 6:00 PM | Annual Meeting (WIIT Members Only)
     6:00 - 7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception
     7:00 - 9:00 PM | Dinner and Awards Program

Hosted at The National Press Club, Washington, DC

WIIT would like to invite any and all interested members to a "New Moms" Networking Group!

This is not a panel - or a trade talk - this is YOUR opportunity to meet other moms or moms to be and share tips, tricks and engage with other WIIT members managing life from maternity leave to work/family balance. This discussion will be interactive, informal and open to any/all issues. 

Breast feeding while traveling internationally? Snow closing school at the exact time your big meeting starts?   Child care, saying no to your boss and going home? How to make it work?  Come share your thoughts and questions with your fellow WIIT Moms.

April 25th at 4:00pm
McLarty Associates, 900- 17th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC

Event Recap
WIIT Hosts Japanese Minister for April 2nd Roundtable Discussion
WIIT was honored to host Takeshi Komoto, Minister, Economy Trade, Industry/Business & Energy from the Japanese Embassy, with the kind hosting of Squire Patton Boggs, for an insightful and extensive roundtable discussion.  Komoto-san provided an historical overview of Japan’s leadership role in promoting free trade in the region, and especially as part of the multilateral, rules-based system embodied in the World Trade Organization (WTO).   The Minister highlighted the importance of engagement with the US, both for bilateral negotiations and in the trilateral discussions with the EU to put forward credible reform agenda for the WTO. 

Additionally, Japan is leading efforts to promote global cooperation on digital trade, at the WTO and within their chairmanship of the G20 for 2019.  Komoto-san highlighted next steps on the US and Japan talks, starting with staged talks to promote greater industrial goods trade and ultimately leading to a comprehensive deal.   Audience participants noted their strong support for greater US and Japan cooperation, including preventing further tariff disputes and ensuring a high standard, comprehensive trade agreement.
WIIT Partners with GW ESIA on Career Development
WIIT welcomed the opportunity to engage our President (Lisa Schroeter); two board members (Katherine Bedard and Yuri Unno) and WIIT Trust Chair (Kathi Lunardi) in a wide-ranging discussion with GW graduate and undergraduate students in international affairs and business.

The discussion focused on the role that WIIT can play in career development, especially in creating and early and supportive network of mentors and champions. All four panelists highlighted the importance of leveraging a network to get first-hand input on the wide range of careers available in international trade – from associations to development to industry advocacy to corporate careers.

The students engaged in an insightful debate covering education, career, and the personal aspects of being a woman in a demanding global environment.

WIIT was delighted to partner with GW to expand awareness and engagement in our organization at al career levels, especially students.   
Call for WIIT Co-Chair!
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 section:
  • Asia-Pacific
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.
Trust Tidbit
So proud of every member of our Scholarship Committee who helped to revamp our application.  We received 11 (yes, eleven) applicants!  This is an exciting improvement for us.
We are still in need of one or two more readers of these applications, so please drop us an email at if you are interested.
In Fortune’s Trailblazer series, powerful women in business
share formative stories about overcoming a challenge in their lives.

Mara Chomsky
How Google's Mara Chomsky Overcame Her Greatest Challenge: Being an Introvert

It’s a hurdle, sure, but one that can be overcome. “You can have the best mission or the best data in the world, but if you can’t talk about it or win people over or sell to people, you can’t make moves and get things done,” Chomsky says. “It’s part of the business. It’s part of being a leader. If you are someone who feels like that, it’s totally workable—just get out there and start talking about it.”

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!

 “I want to make my own opportunities, and I want to be empowered and in control."


-Greta Lee

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