WIIT Weekly | Week of September 25, 2019
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Building Trade Ties with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders Networking Reception

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invite you to a networking reception with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders group.
In recent years, the Republic of Korea has been at the forefront of negotiating free trade agreements with partners in all regions of the world. Yet the diplomats and negotiators tasked with forging these deals have been almost exclusively male. As highly educated and qualified Korean women are entering government service and related private sector jobs at increasing rates, they have few female role models and mentors to offer advice and support their career growth and success. This reality can have a limiting effect on their career trajectory and ability to reach positions of leadership, and impacts the overall interests of the country.

October 1st from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McLarty Associates, 900 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC
Volunteer Opening
VP of Programming       

WIIT's current VP of Programming will be stepping down
to go on maternity leave. WIIT is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to help coordinate all of our great programming for the remainder of the term (through June 2020). If you're interested and would like to learn more, please email
Event Recap
WIIT and Embassy of Canada Host
Chief Trade Negotiators Event

Navigating the intensive trade negotiations to conclude the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as a lead negotiator was the overarching theme at the event on September 16th co-sponsored by WIIT and the Embassy of Canada. Vanessa Sciarra, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council, moderated the discussion with a powerhouse of female chief negotiators from the CPTPP talks: Kristen Hillman, Acting Ambassador for the Embassy of Canada and chief negotiator for Canada; Barbara Weisel, Managing Director of Rock Creek Global Advisors and chief negotiator for the U.S.;  and Andrea Phua, Counsellor (Economics) from the Embassy of Singapore and deputy chief for Singapore.

The panelists shared their personal experiences from the CPTPP negotiations, and the challenges and opportunities they encountered as the women tasked with securing an agreement for their countries. The conversation provided a unique perspective on female leadership in trade policy, as well as insights on Asia-Pacific trade.

Did someone say scholarships??  The deadline for this Fall's application is October 15.  And we already have five applicants! 

We are looking for a few good readers / graders to help us with selecting winners.  No experience needed, as we will provide a matrix.  If you are interested, please contact Kathi:
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.
To register for the event and learn more about the requirements and desired skills of a Foreign Service officer, visit
FAS will begin accepting applications in October for individuals interested in taking the Foreign Service Officer Assessment, scheduled for December in Washington, D.C.
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