WIIT Weekly | Week of October 30, 2019
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2019 Holiday Reception & Silent Auction

Don't miss out on celebrating the holidays with WIIT!

Sponsorship of the Holiday Reception & Silent Auction are now available! Please contact for more information.
Register NOW for the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust Annual Holiday Reception and Silent Auction on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 - 8:30pm at the Singapore Embassy!

You don't want to miss out on this extraordinary event - meet up with amazing women in trade, enjoy the hospitality of the Singapore Embassy AND have fun bidding on unique items that all contribute to scholarships for young women. Get into the holiday spirit and get some shopping done early while also giving back to a great cause!

Come prepared to bid on great items and have a wonderful time with your trade community friends!

Register Now!

November 5, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

Hosted at BSA | The Software Alliance, Washington, DC

November 7, 2019 | 7:45am - 5:15pm

CSI Global Service Summit: Unleashing the Benefits of Services and Digital Trade

Located at the Ronald Reagan Building and ITC, Washington, DC

November 19, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

WIIT and WIIT Trust Holiday Reception
and Silent Auction

Hosted at the Embassy of Singapore, Washington, DC

Event Recap
WIIT Hosts Panel at the Organization of Women in International Trade’s Annual Conference in Tampa

Last week, WIIT hosted a panel titled “Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020” at the Organization of Women in International Trade’s Annual Conference in Tampa. CompTIA’s Maggie Henkin moderated the panel with Yuri Unno, President of WIIT, Lisa Gelsomino of Avalon Risk Management, and Susan Harper of the Canadian Consulate. The panel delved into pressing trade policy topics such as Section 232, the status of USMCA, and Customs and Boarder Patrol’s 21st Century Framework. 
The conference, hosted by OWIT’s local Tampa Bay Chapter with the theme of “Year of the Women”, showcased a variety of successful women working in trade across the United States, Canada, and Africa. Dr. Patti Fletcher, a Strategy Coach for PSDNetwork and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, was the keynote speaker where she gave tips on how to succeed in a male-dominated work environment.
The following day was the OWIT Board Meeting where Maggie Henkin gave a best practices lecture on how to build robust programming for individual OWIT Chapters. The smaller OWIT Chapters expressed their gratitude from learning from the WIIT Chapter. If you would like to participate in or speak at a webinar for the OWIT Digital Chapter, please reach out to to set up that opportunity.


The Scholarship Applications are in! 
This fall fifteen women applied for the scholarship - a new record. Thank you to the dedicated readers who are currently reviewing all of the essays. Watch this space in mid-November when we announce our winners.
WIIT Women in the World
WIIT Past President Lisa Schroeter chairs the ICCA Trade Policy Network Group meeting in Helsinki.
Job Opportunity   
                Asia Society    

Asia Society is seeking a Senior Program Officer. The Senior Program Officer coordinates and manages trade and economic initiatives, including task forces, policy commissions, and Track II dialogues carried out by the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), an independent, non- partisan, global think/do tank focused on tackling the major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region. He/she also coordinates ASPI’s public events and private meetings/roundtables in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the position and the application process here.
Check out the newest WIIT Communique: International Perspectives. 
In this issue of WIIT Communiqué, we wanted to focus on our members with international upbringings to learn how their multicultural backgrounds influenced their careers in trade. Read more about how Yuri Unno, Moushami P. Joshi, Alina Zarr, and Jing Zhu use their unique perspectives to help them succeed in the international trade arena. 
Individual Mentoring

WIIT is matching up mentors and mentees!
Would you like to connect with someone within the International Trade community? We are looking for all career levels.
If you haven’t applied in the past please email
If you have participated, and are still interested, please email us again.
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