WIIT Weekly | Week of November 21, 2019
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A big thank you to all who attended the Annual Holiday Reception and Silent Auction last night! It was another successful event with great speakers and competitive bidding. We are very grateful to our gracious host, H.E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America and to the Singapore Embassy for their hospitality. Check back next week for information on the total raised and photos from the event!

November 21, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am

US-Brazil Trade: New Opportunities for Bilateral Progress 
On November 21, twenty-four US and Brazilian business leaders will come together to discuss ways for deepening bilateral business ties at the US-Brazil CEO Forum. Join Women in International Trade (WIIT-DC) and Women Inside Trade (WIT) for a conversation on US-Brazil trade and investment priorities as the US approaches presidential elections in 2020.

Speakers will preview expected outcomes of the US-Brazil CEO Forum and analyze the next phase of the bilateral trade relationship. With President Donald Trump and President Jair Bolsonaro increasingly seeing eye to eye, what are the options to advance meaningful, practical recommendations to build stronger bilateral trade and investment ties and what do these new opportunities mean for 2020?


  • Maria Cameron, US Department of Commerce
  • Bruno Cassiano, Ministry of Economy, Government of Brazil
  • Lisa Schroeter, Dow and US Co-Chair of the CEO Forum trade and tax task force


  • 9:00AM-9:15 AM: Welcome & Coffee/Breakfast Networking
  • 9:15AM-10:15AM: Roundtable Discussion

Members: $0
Non-members: $25

December 3, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join Steptoe, LGBT Professionals in International Trade (GATT), and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) on Tuesday, December 3, for an interactive and timely discussion on the challenges impacting trade in digital services.  Topics for discussion include the moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions, data localization and privacy measures, intermediary liability, and more…
Ambassador Susan Esserman, a former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative who leads Steptoe's International Trade Policy practice, will moderate the discussion with industry leaders. A networking reception will follow. 
We hope you’ll join us for an evening of lively conversation and networking with other diverse International Trade professionals.


  • Ambassador Susan Esserman, Steptoe


  • Jordan Haas, Internet Association
  • Kaitlin Sighinolfi, Siemens
  • Arun Venkataraman, Visa

Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle

Closed to Press/Media

This event is free for GATT/Steptoe members.

December 6, 2019 | 8:30am - 9:45am

Update on Ireland’s Trade and Investment Agenda
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), in partnership with The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and DC Gals invites you to a Trade Talk Featuring:

  • Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs
  • Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General of the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation
  • Emer Rocke, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland

December 6, 2019
8:30AM - 9:45AM

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062

Nearest Metros: Farragut West and Farragut North

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Event Recap
WIIT Hosts Discussion on the U.S. - Japan Trade Agreement at Nov. 5 Event

On November 5, 2019, the Asia Pacific, Technology & Digital Economy, and Agriculture program sections of WIIT collaborated on a Trade Talk on the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement with key officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Hosted by BSA | The Software Alliance, the off-the-record lunch event which was sponsored by GR Group Asia, drew an engaged crowd from government, business, and the press.
Moderated by Bridgette Clark, Representative Director, GR Group Asia, the discussion featured Michael Beeman, Assistant USTR for Japan, Korea and APEC, as well as Daniel Bahar, Assistant USTR for Services and Investment. Mr. Beeman provided an overview of the status of the U.S.-Japan deal which was concluded on September 25 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings, and includes provisions in the areas of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods, as well as digital trade. Mr. Bahar specifically focused on the digital trade part of the agreement in his remarks, and expanded his input on issues like the potential precedential effect on future trade negotiations, as well as the current WTO E-Commerce negotiations taking place in Geneva, in response to moderated questions from Sarah Skaluba, Policy Associate, BSA, and Eva Hampl, Senior Director, Investment, Trade and Financial Services, USCIB. The event concluded with remarks from Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA.
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. 
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