WIIT Weekly | Week of March 27, 2019
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Intellectual Property: Trailblazers in Sports and Fashion
Friday, March 29th from 9:30am - 11:00am
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), WIIT invites you to a breakfast discussion on how intellectual property (IP)-led innovation has revolutionized sports and fashion industries!

IP most certainly can be a very technical concept; but our featured speakers will talk about it in our daily lives. Please join us as we talk with Chanel, NFL, and Under Armour about the business of sports and fashion—and how they inspire innovation and creativity through their brands. The event will also feature findings from the U.S. Chamber’s study on the global sports economy and the 2019 IP Index.

US-Japan Trade: Past, Present & Future
Tuesday, April 2nd from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Squire Patton Boggs, Washington, DC

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk with Takeshi Komoto, Embassy of Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, for an off-the record discussion on the current state and future course of Japan’s bilateral trading relationship with the United States.

Minister Komoto will discuss the impact of current and future proposed tariffs on Japanese imports and Japanese investments in the United States as well as Japan’s perspective on tackling challenges to the bilateral relationship in addition to its efforts to forge a path forward on reform to the multilateral trading system.

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 | 11:00am - 2:00pm

Brazil-US Trade Relations: Reactions from
President Jair Bolsonaro's Visit

Hosted at Crowell Moring, 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

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

Venue TBD, 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 program section:
  • Europe
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 29th. Email Them Here
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
is looking for an ambitious and energetic Deputy Director to join its team working specifically as part of the Trade and Investment Knowledge Center and Knowledge Solutions Department. The position is located in Paris, France.

ICC seeks a candidate with significant public affairs/policy experience and a proven ability to research, write and persuade with respect to issues on international trade and investment.

Find out more to apply here! Deadline is March 30th.
Event Recaps

Thank you to everyone who attended our
International Women's Day Celebration on March 12th!

Thank you especially to moderator Jenny Leonard of Bloomberg and panelists Congresswoman Suzanne DelBene (WA-01) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2) who provided great perspectives on the 2019 Congressional trade agenda! Both Congresswomen covered a wide range of topics – ranging from USMCA passage to the importance of resolving Section 232 tariffs to advancing and enforcing trade commitments with China, as well as other potential negotiation partners.  We appreciated insights and enthuisiasm from both of these amazing leaders as they shared their insights and perspectives on trade, Congress and the role of women driving progress on these issues.  

Special thanks to our #OWIT board friends from around the country and around the globe who joined us for an interesting discussion, and an engaging networking reception – some amazing photos of friends & the Capital Dome.

Thanks to all our amazing OWIT friends who enjoyed their latest board meeting in Washington, DC. We were thrilled to get to know you, hear perspectives from around the country AND around the world, and share the amazing city of DC!!  From our International Women’s Day reception to our Ann Taylor networking – so glad you could join us!  And here’s to the next wave of new friendships and new collaboration!!

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.


Rana el Kaliouby
How Rana el Kaliouby Found the Courage
to Become CEO of the Company She Founded

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded A.I. startup Affectiva in 2009. But it wasn’t until 2016 that she gathered up the courage to say she wanted to be the company’s chief executive, despite the fact that she was already handling many CEO-level responsibilities.

Read the Full Story Here

The Spring issue covering all things
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
was released this month!

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!

 “Dying seems less sad than having lived too little."


-Gloria Steinem

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