WIIT Weekly | Week of June 19, 2019
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Thank you to all who attended our Annual Awards Dinner on June 12.

We had a wonderful time celebrating Women Empowering Women AND promoting Trade. Congratulations to this year's honorees, including:
  • Minister Chrystia FreelandMinister for Foreign Affairs, Canada | 2019 Woman of the Year
  • Doral Cooper and Kate Clemans, C&M International | Business Legacy Award
  • Kelly Ann ShawNational Economic Council, National Security Council | Government Service Award
  • Hemal ShahU.S. Chamber of Commerce | Emerging Leader Award
  • Ambassador Judy Reinke, U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro | Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jing Zhu and Grace Kim, Trade Remedies Program Section | WIIT Program Section of the Year
  • Kathi LunardiWIIT Charitable Trust Chair | WIIT Member of the Year
These inspiring women spoke about their journeys in trade with humor, warmth, and candidness. We were honored to be able to celebrate this night alongside them. 

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
Global Business Breakfast with
Commissioner Meredith Broadbent,
U.S. International Trade Commission

WIIT Members are cordially invited for for a breakfast program
to discuss the role of the USITC in international trade policy.

June 21st from 8:00am - 9:30am
Meridian International Center, 1624 Crescent Place NW, Washington, DC

Register by RSVPing to*
*Open to WIIT Members Only
Talking US-EU trade

The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Washington D.C. cordially invites you to an exclusive roundtable featuring women in international trade. Join us for an insightful discussion with a stellar panel of international trade leaders including Swedish, US and EU Government officials and organizations as well as industry perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing international trade between the US and EU as well as considerations for navigating the current challenging international trade environment and political climate.

June 24th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 1200 17th St NW, 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
WIIT Member Orit Frenkel of the American Leadership Initiative wrote an op-ed in USA Today on the U.S.-China digital competition.

President Donald Trump’s tariffs-by-tweet tendencies and brinkmanship on both sides of the negotiating table have led to a breakdown in talks with China, an escalating trade war, and no doubt many sleepless nights in Beijing and in American boardrooms. But for the United States, the unease is misdirected. 

What should keep American businesses and politicians up at night has little to do with levies on specific commodities or Chinese products. While Washington is targeting Beijing with tariffs over individual trade grievances, China has been laying the foundation to direct and influence digital trade — the booming engine of global commerce — unopposed, with deep pockets and grand ambitions.

Trust Tidbit
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Annual Awards Dinner.  It was great to see so many familiar faces.
Hopefully many more of you are now excited to become involved in the Trust.  We are still in need of one mentor for a Spring scholarship winner.  We are also looking for anyone interested in looking at our mission statement.
Please email for more information.
Event Recaps
WIIT Hosted June 17th Panel at BakerHostetler LLP on Latin America's Role in World Trade

On June 17th BakerHostetler LLP hosted the panel “Latin America’s Role in World Trade and its Relationship with The U.S.” organized by WIIT members Gabriela Sampedro and Laura Escalante.

The panel featured Guillermo Malpica (former senior official at Ministry of Economy of Mexico), Anabel Gonzalez (consultant and non-resident fellow at PIIE), Mauricio Mesquita (Chief Economist of the Integration and Trade Sector at IDB), and Anne McKinney (Vice President for the Americas at the US Chamber of Commerce); moderated by Laura Escalante (founder of Lean Castle). 

The discussion covered the most relevant challenges and opportunities that Latin America faces in relation to trade, from the impact of trade wars and disagreements regarding regional integration, to the emergence of new leaderships in developing countries and the potential of stronger partnerships with Europe and Asia. The importance of Latin America for US private sector –as production partner and export market– was also analyzed, and some options for a mutually beneficial growth and stability explored. The presenter of the US Chamber of Commerce, mentioned that currently the top-level priority of the chamber is to secure the ratification of USMCA. The panelists agreed on the importance of Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, as main economies in Latin America and the role they play in securing a prosperous path forward for the region, and the multilateral trade system.

The discussion also touched on the rising awareness on the importance of trade driven in large part due to the current climate of global conflicts on trade issues.
WIIT Co Hosted 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.”
You can watch the recorded session 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!

 “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself."


-Emma Stone

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