WIIT Weekly | Week of June 12, 2019
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We are looking forward to seeing you TONIGHT for our SOLD OUT Awards Dinner at the National Press Club!

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                                         SOLD OUT!

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

You are invited to a brown-bag career talk with Paula Brand, career coach and LinkedIn expert to learn the best practices for enhancing your visibility on LinkedIn- a powerful social media tool for career growth. While most professionals regularly maintain LinkedIn profiles, the true value of a profile can be unlocked by realizing how recruiters and others search for profiles and what they look for.

Increase your chances of being found for the right opportunities and develop your brand using keywords in the most critical sections of your profile.  Discover ways to significantly enhance your profile using images and media.

June 20th from 12:00pm - 1:30pm
CT Strategies, 1800 M Street, Suite 540, Washington, DC

June 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

CO-SPONSORED EVENT: Global Business at Meridian
Featuring Commissioner Meredith Broadbent 

Hosted at Meridian International Center, Washington, DC

June 24, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Women’s Leadership Forum: Talking US-EU trade

Hosted at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 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

The Summer issue covering all things Section 232 was released on Monday! This issue includes:
  • An Interview with Representative Jackie Walorski, U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 2nd District
  • There is No Such Thing as a “National Security” Tariff under WTO Rules—U.S. Likely to Lose Its Claim that Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Can be Justified by Jennifer Hillman, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law Center
  • Steel 232: The Right Tool for the Current Crisis by Eileen P. Bradner, Senior Director and Counsel, Federal Government Affairs, Nucor Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Time to Address Chinese Overcapacity in Aluminum by Anne Clawson, Director, Strategy & Program Coordination, Government Affairs & Sustainability, Alcoa Corporation
  • Tariffs, Trade and Increasing Turmoil in the U.S. Auto Parts Sector by Ann Wilson, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
  • U.S. Boating Bears the Brunt of the Trade War by Nicole Vasilaros, Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • What to expect if you are thinking of filing a Section 232 Product Exclusion Request? by Evelyn M. Suarez, Esq., The Suarez Firm, PLLC and Past WIIT President
In The News
The Trade Gap: Gender, Trade & Interoperability

Trade Finance Talks explores the trade gap, that is, the gender gap, the finance gap, and the interoperability gap. The article explores ideas surrounding how to encourage and bolster female participation within the male dominated trade finance industry, dives into $1.5 trillion finance gap, and looks into reasons why many of the technological tools employed by the industry lack the ability to operate with one another and why this needs to change in the future.
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.
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
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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


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!

 “You just dust yourself off, get up, and try something else. It's not the beginning of the end of everything."


-Priyanka Chopra Jonas

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