WIIT Weekly | Week of May 8, 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.
Interactive Roundtable with
The British Embassy on Brexit 

The state of play of Brexit is changing on a daily basis. This interactive roundtable, featuring Alex Hall, Brexit Counsellor, and Freya Jackson, Counsellor Global Economic Policy Group from The British Embassy, will be a great opportunity to hear where things stand from the United Kingdom’s position.

May 8th from 2:30 - 3:30pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
Solving the Indian Equation: The Evolving and Uncertain Nature of
U.S.- India Trade Ties 

Join WIIT and the Atlantic Council for a Trade Talk featuring prominent experts on U.S.-India trade as they discuss the evolution, current state and future course of bilateral trade between two of the world’s largest democracies. Our panelists will discuss the trajectory of trade and investment between the countries and gains that have been made over the years as well as challenges to the relationship through recent U.S. trade actions. Hear from:
  • Amb. Richard Verma, Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group. Former U.S. Ambassador to India 
  • Prof. Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University. First Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
  • Mark Linscott, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Senior Advisor Asia Group. Former Asst. USTR for South and Central Asia
  • Nisha Biswal, President, U.S.-India Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

May 13th from 11:00am - 12:30pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 1200 17th Street NW, 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 3, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm

CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Understanding Trump's
National Security Tariffs: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962

Hosted by The George Washington University, 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 Past President Leslie Griffin
is with Min Yi,
President of the Boston Chinese Investment Club (BCIC).

Leslie presented on U.S.-China trade tensions at the
BCIC Venture Summit.

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Event Recaps
WIIT Hosts April 29 Trade Talk on
Sanction Legislation at Baker McKenzie
The April 29 Trade Talk focused on sanctions-related legislation currently pending in Congress. The panelists included Rachel Oswald, a foreign policy reporter at CQ Roll call, and Randi Levinas, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the US-Russia Business Council. The session was moderated by Kerry Contini, a partner at Baker McKenzie, and Cristina Brayton-Lewis, an associate at White & Case. Ms. Levinas focused her comments on the Russia-related legislation, including legislation that could result in broad sanctions against the Russian financial system. Ms. Oswald provided an overview of the sanctions-related bills that appear to be getting the most traction based on their sponsors, co-sponsors, and treatment in Committee.

Following the panelist remarks, there was a lively Q&A session. The audience came from government agencies, embassies, industry, trade association, law firms and other professional service firms.
Internship Announcement
The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) is seeking an International Trade Intern. The International Trade Intern will work with the Trade and International Affairs team at AAM to strengthen the advocacy capabilities of the association through research, expert identification, and the development of better tools for member engagement. More details can be found here:
Trust Tidbit

What a great Spring it has been for our scholarship program!  With some small tweaks to the essay prompt, we experienced a 300% increase in applications. Many of the essays were of very high quality, making it quite a challenge for us to select winners. But, thanks to Jacky Arrowsmith, Claire Palmer, Cherie Rusnak, Debbie Seliski, Lisa Schroeter, and Michelle Steinberg, we identified two women to whom we will be awarding scholarships.
Watch this space next week to meet our winners! And if you would like to serve as a mentor for one of these women, please email
Trade in Pop Culture
Feeling sad that Game of Thrones is coming to an end?

Continue to savor
the world of Westeros and check out how trade works in the Seven Kingdoms.
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've never won the Derby. I never made much money. But I always lived my dream."


-Diane Crump, the first female jockey
to race in the Kentucky Derby

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