WIIT Weekly | Week of June 5, 2019
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We are honored to welcome our WIIT Woman of the Year award in person! Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland will be in attendance to accept her award and provide remarks to our audience.  

There are also opportunities to sponsor a table (or half) at the event
and to be recognized as part of WIIT’s “Women Empowering Women” community.
We look forward to seeing you at this impactful and interactive dinner!


Student/Government WIIT Member $90 / Regular WIIT Member $110 / Non-Members $135
*Corporate Members have complimentary tickets available. Please contact for more information.

2019 Woman of the Year
Minister Chrystia Freeland

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Canada
Business Legacy Award
Doral Cooper
Kate Clemans

C&M International

Government Service Award
Kelly Ann Shaw

National Economic Council,
National Security Council

Emerging Leader Award
Hemal Shah

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ambassador Judy Reinke

U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro

WIIT Program Section of the Year
Jing Zhu and Grace Kim

Trade Remedies Program Section
WIIT Member of the Year
Kathi Lunardi

WIIT Charitable Trust Chair

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

Latin America’s Role in World Trade
And Its Relationship With The U.S.

The panel discussion will feature insights from senior trade specialists – with experience in government, private institutions and international organizations– on the evolution of Latin America’s participation in world trade; relevant trends in policy, business, and investment; and how the region’s stand relates to the U.S. Panelists include:
  • Guillermo Malpica, Former Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico
  • Anabel Gonzalez, Non-resident senior fellow at PIIE
  • Mauricio Mesquita, Principal Economic Advisor, Integration and Trade Sector,
  • IDB Anne McKinney, Vice President of the Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Moderated by Laura Escalante, Lean Castle.

June 17th from 11:45am - 1:45pm
Baker Hostetler, 1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC

June 20, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Leveraging LinkedIn: Managing your LinkedIn Profile
for Career Growth and Visibility 

Hosted at CT Strategies, Washington, DC

July 19, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Leadership Lessons: Breaking the Glass
Health Care Ceiling

Hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

WIIT Women in the World
On May 20, Moushami P. Joshi, WIIT's VP of Programming, spoke on a panel titled “Introduction to Global Policy” to women students from various colleges across the country participating in the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN).

PLEN focuses on preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. Moushami spoke about the field of international trade law and the intersection of law and policy in her work.  

Other participants on the panel included Reta Jo Lewis of the German Marshall Fund and Valerie Dowling of the Women’s Democracy Network, International Republican Institute.
Trust Tidbit
The Trust is proud to announce the winners of our Spring scholarship:  Amanda Abrom and Locky Catron. Check out more information on both of these fantastic young women below. Note that we are still looking for one mentor; if you are willing to speak with one of our winners a few times in the next 12 months, please email

Amanda Abrom
Amanda Abrom is an entering Masters student in International Affairs at Columbia University. Amanda’s interest in international trade all began after attending the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the World Investment Forum 2018 as a Youth Delegate where she spoke to 300 young leaders at the UN Geneva Headquarters. Currently, she is a Fulbright Scholar teaching English and volunteering with UNICEF España in Madrid, Spain. Additionally, Amanda volunteers with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Youth) as a Global Schools Ambassador and has presented their work at the Vatican Youth Symposium in Vatican City.Previously, Amanda worked on the US Department of State’s Exchange Programs as a university Peer Mentor for students from 13 countries participating in the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative and the SUSI Women's Leadership Program. She has taught English in Chile with the Chilean Ministry of Education and volunteered for non-profits in Latin and South America. In her future studies and career, Amanda hopes to explore issues related to trade, workforce development, and the future of youth employment. She is so grateful to have received this scholarship and would like to thank the WIIT Trust for their support and for believing in her!

Locky Catron
Locky Catron is a student in the Master of International Affairs program at The Bush School at Texas A&M University. Her focus is International Development and Economic Policy. She received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. Between academic programs, Locky helped launch a start-up company that developed an open-source tractor for small-scale farmers in the US and abroad. She was also a Writing Fellow for the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University.
Have you Updated your WIIT Profile?
WIIT Members please take five minutes to update your profile, express your interest in participating in the speakers bureau, and provide complete information for the WIIT Membership Directory. Your participation will deepen the WIIT network of members and create professional and speaking opportunities. Thank you for your investment of time to strengthen WIIT.
Event Recaps
WIIT Co Hosts June 3rd Talk on Section 232
with GW-CIBER and DEC

On June 3, WIIT co-hosted with the GW Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the District Export Council (DEC) of Virginia and DC an event at George Washington University titled “Understanding Trump's National Security Tariffs: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.”
The first of two expert panels discussed the legal foundation and limitations of the current administration’s use of Section 232. The talk featured comments from Marc Busch (Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University), Halie Craig (Legislative Assistant for Senator Pat Toomey), Alan Morrison (Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service Law at GW), Vanessa Sciarra (VP of Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council), and was moderated by Evelyn Suarez (Principal and Founder of the Suarez Firm). Vanessa Sciarra provided an overview of the history of the national security statute and origins of the Section 232 authority delegated to the executive branch by Congress. Panelists such as Halie Craig and Alan Morrison discussed the limitations of the law, and highlighted their respective legislative and judicial attempts to curb the president’s authority. Marc closed out the session with a summary of the cases current in front of the WTO that challenge the use of unilateral tariffs on national security grounds.
The second panel assessed the collateral damage and unintended consequences from imposing tariffs. The discussed included comments from Catherine Boland (VP, Legislative Affairs, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association), Mike Dankler (Chief of Staff for Rep. Jackie Walorski), Christine McDaniel (Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University), Paul Nathanson (Senior Principal, Bracewell LLP), and was moderated by John Saylor (Director, International Trade Group, Commonwealth Trading Partners Inc.). The discussion dug into the details of the exclusion process, focusing on the high bar for success, as well as uncertainty created in the market, and the difficulties in planning for the future, particularly for industries for which modifying the supply chain is a more involved endeavor.

The event was organized by Evelyn Suarez (Former WIIT President), John Saylor (GW-CIBER Board of Advisors), Eva Hampl (Co-chair of Legislative Initiatives), and Jing Jing Zhang (Co-chair of Legislative Initiatives).
Job Opportunity
is hiring a Manager to support its trade policy positions and other global technology policies.
Learn more and apply here.
The Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) and the OWIT Tampa Bay Chapter are hosting OWIT’s 19th World Conference this year in Tampa, Florida, on October 24, 2019 with the theme ‘Year of the Woman’.

The Tampa Bay region is growing with entrepreneurship and business development at its core. Over the course of the conference, participants, comprised of OWIT global chapter members, partners, and attendees, will be given extraordinary access to trade experts, networking opportunities, and business insights. Indeed, OWIT’s vision for its members and participants is ambitious: to empower women in both developed and emerging nations and throughout the world to powerfully shape international trade.

Wednesday, October 23
Orlando Business Day
Thursday, October 24
#OWITConTampaBay - Year of the Woman! 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Port Tour (Subject to Weather) 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Awards Dinner 6:30 PM
Friday, October 25
OWIT Board Meeting. All are welcomed to attend!
No Host Dinner at Brio, 6:30 PM

The Spring issue covering all things
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
was released in March!
Check it Out!

Also, stay tuned for our Summer Communiqué covering Section 232,
which will be released On June 10th!

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!

 “Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror."


-Bryon Katie

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