WIIT Weekly | Week of May 1, 2019
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Please join us for the night to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of Women in Trade!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at The National Press Club
     5:00 - 6:00 PM | Annual Meeting for WIIT Members, separate registration required.
     6:00 - 7:00 PM | Cocktail Reception
     7:00 - 9:00 PM | Dinner and Awards Program


Early Bird Rates are Valid until May 17th!
Student/Government WIIT Member $80 / Regular WIIT Member $100 / Non-Members $125
*Corporate Members have complimentary tickets available. Please contact for more information.

May 8, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Interactive Roundtable with The British Embassy
on Brexit 

Hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 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

May 22, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:15pm

The Multilateral Trading System at Risk?
Updating Global Trade Rules and Reforming the WTO

Hosted at the Residence of the Ambassador of Norway, Washington, DC

June 12, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

2019 WIIT Annual Meeting
Open to Current WIIT Members Only

Hosted at The National Press Club, Washington, DC

June 12, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

2019 WIIT Annual Awards Dinner

     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 Women in the World
WIIT Member Eva Hampl attends UNCTAD E-Commerce Week in Geneva
Event Recaps
Want to tell the 2020 Democratic candidates apart? Look at their positions on trade
by By Ana Campoy | March 29, 2019

Donald Trump made international trade a centerpiece of the 2016 presidential race. The bevy of Democrats vying to replace him in 2020 are decidedly less vocal on the topic, rallying their nascent voter bases instead on domestic issues such as healthcare and inequality.

It’s not surprising that Democrats are shying away from the rather arcane, easy-to-distort topic. As pro-globalization advocates have found out, it’s hard to combat the populist narrative that imports are decimating domestic jobs. Still, pinning down the 14 declared candidates—and the handful of undecideds—on trade would help distinguish between their platforms, which are largely made up of standard-issue 2019 Democratic positions.

In The News
Salary Negotiations -
How to Get What You Want And Deserve

On April 19, CT Strategies hosted expert career counselor Karen James Chopra for a discussion on the sensitive but always-relevant topic of “salary negotiations”. This was Karen’s second career talk with WIIT. Her first talk on ‘Taking Charge of Your Career: From Internship to C-Suite’, received great feedback with members requesting additional career advice panels with Karen. The key take-away was that leverage peaks during salary negotiations and one must be cognizant of harnessing it to secure a salary package that one desires.

In addition to WIIT members, the event was attended by members of Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) as well as the Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG).
WIIT Hosts April 16 Trade Talk on Inclusive Trade
& Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) on April 16, 2019 held a trade talk – “Inclusive Trade & Women’s Economic Empowerment” at BakerHostetler featuring Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre. González, who paid a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. to win the U.S. administration and lawmakers’ support for the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative. The initiative has already gained the support of 121 World Trade Organization members and observers.

González spoke about the economic impact of empowering women with international trade opportunities, noting that, in some countries, the gross national product could be ten percent higher with greater involvement of women entrepreneurs and business owners. She also addressed the social impact of government efforts to ensure the safety and security of women who do business across borders in lesser-developed countries.

WIIT president Lisa Schroeter, Global Director of Trade & Investment Policy for Dow Chemical, moderated the talk. BakerHostetler’s International Trade Analyst Jing Zhu, who serves as co-chair of WIIT’s Trade Remedies Committee, was instrumental in planning the program. Other BakerHostetler attendees and supporters included international trade partners Michael Snarr and Barbara Linney, WIIT’s pro bono general counsel and a past recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.
WIIT Hosts April 12 Talk with IMF/World Bank Spring and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
In the spirit of the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings, WIIT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together to explore ways countries leverage International Financial Institutions (IFI’s), non-profit organizations (NGO’s) and private sector partnerships to guide and further their economic development plans.

The program featured a panel of ministers charged with economic development and planning; H.E. Ernesto Pernia, Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning, Philippines, H.E. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana and H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt. Panelists discussed their efforts to attract FDI, as well as funding from IFIs, NGO’s and other donor groups to support the needs surrounding that investment such as housing, waste management, transportation, schooling, medical needs, etc.

The Ministers also spoke to the important role for women in advancing economic growth—describing how their development plans incorporate women. The program featured keynote remarks from Ms. Luisa Boyce, on how to turn IFI and NGO efforts into action through private sector initiatives.
GW Center for International Business (GW-CIBER) is offering a professional development program & study tour to Denmark and Sweden June 12-22.

The program will showcase the advancements and uniqueness of Nordic innovation and technology entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the importance of sustainability in creating business solutions. More information and a link to the program application form can be found here

Additionally, GW-CIBER is offering two scholarships of $2,000 each for this program – for any entrepreneurs or owners/employees of startup companies and SMEs.

To apply for the scholarships, first apply to the program and then e-mail a resume and a half- to one-page description of how their participation in this program will benefit/impact their company and/or career to by April 29th.
Trust Tidbit

The Trust has had a very successful year thus far and we are already looking ahead to what’s next.  We will be holding a planning meeting on May 21 at 9:30AM for anyone interested. 

We love new ideas and insights, so please consider joining us.  NO long term commitment.  Please email for more information.
In Fortune’s Trailblazer series, powerful women in business
share formative stories about overcoming a challenge in their lives.

Kathy Murphy
How the Death of Her Father Set Fidelity's
Kathy Murphy On Her Career Path

Fidelity’s Kathy Murphy never intended to work in finance. In fact, she began her career at Aetna, working in healthcare law. So how did she end up as president of personal investments at one of the largest asset managers in the world? It all started when her dad died unexpectedly.

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 say this especially to women, because they think women are going to run away from a fight, but you can't do that. Know your power, know your why, know your what, know your how."


-Nancy Pelosi

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