2012 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust Invite you to the

2012 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

Hosted by the

Embassy of France

Featuring

His Excellency François Delattre

Ambassador of France to the United States

with Silent Auction Items Including: Washington Nationals Tickets, Subscriptions to Washington Trade & Tariff and The Export Practitioner, Gift Certificates to Theaters, Health & Beauty Packages, Wine and Jewelry Date and Time: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: The Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC 20007 Cost: WIIT Members: $ 40.00 Non-members: $ 45.00 All auction proceeds benefit the WIIT Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization. The WIIT Charitable Trust was created in 2001 to fund charitable, scientific and educational activities in international trade. Its mission is to promote public knowledge and understanding of international trade and international business and strengthen the role of women therein by being a valued source of information and by globally sponsoring research, educational programs and information-sharing activities.

2011 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

WIIT Holiday Gala   and   Silent Auction  Featuring remarks by: Right Honourable Mike Moore New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore is a past Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Mr Moore oversaw the launch of the Doha Development Round. His period in office saw the successful accession to the WTO of China and Chinese Taipei along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania, and Moldova. For more information on Mr. Moore click here. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   New Zealand Embassy 37 Observatory Circle, NW Washington, DC Proceeds from the silent auction to benefit the WIIT Charitable Trust* If you have items you would like to donate to the silent auction click here. Cost: WIIT Members: $30.00 WIIT Non-Members: $40.00   *The silent auction benefits the WIIT Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization created to fund charitable,trade-related educational activities.  This year, WIIT Trust introduced a scholarship program which has awarded four scholarships to deserving young women studying in trade-related fields. A special thanks to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) for donating spirits for the evening’s specialty cocktails!

2010 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

You’re invited!

Join us to celebrate the holidays with wonderful WIIT Friends at the Annual WIIT Winter Gala Benefitting the WIIT Charitable Trust

Thursday, December 9, 2010

hosted by the

Edison Electric Institute 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W, Washington, D.C.

6:30 – 8:30  p.m.

Pricing:

$25 WIIT Members $35 Non-Members

The evening includes:

Open Bar featuring Special Holiday Cocktails Passed Hors D’Ouevres and an Appetizer Buffet including:

  • Mushrooms Mornay, Bacon Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese
  • Pesto Meatballs, Risotto Cakes with Lemon Basil Creme Fraiche
  • Pot Stickers with Cantonese Dipping Sauce
  • Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Fondue
  • Red & Green Crudites with Clam Dip
  • Chocolate Brownie Lollipops!

WIIT is delighted to welcome

Mr. Daniel Sepulveda

Senior Advisor to Senator John Kerry and

Mr. Charles Small

formerly with the U. S. Trade Representative’s Office of Congressional Affairs who will deliver brief remarks about trade policy during the Gala The silent auction benefits the WIIT Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization created to fund charitable, trade-related educational activities. This year, the Trust introduced a scholarship program which has awarded four scholarships to deserving young women studying in trade-related fields. The auction includes hard-to-find, custom, and one-of-a-kind gifts, including:

  • Washington Nationals tickets
  • Ballroom Dancing Lessons
  • Fox Fur Headband
  • Lunch at the French Embassy
  • CAbi Clothing
  • Lunch and Private Tour of the DACOR Bacon House
  • Custom Made Jewelry
  • Legal Services
  • Custom Made Granite Countertop

A special thanks to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) for donating spirits for the evening’s specialty cocktails!

Trade Talk on Europe

This event has reached capacity, and we are no longer accepting pre-registrations.   To be placed on the waitlist, please contact us at info@wiit.org or by phone at (202) 293-2948.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

The Association of Women in International Trade invite you to a

Trade Talk on Europe

with two of WIIT’s new Board members

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Director of Investment Trade and Financial Services United States Council for International Business

and

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Adeline Hinderer Sayers

Trade Counselor and Deputy Head of Section Delegation of the European Union to the US

Last week in a huge step forward for U.S. global engagement, congress approved Trade Promotion Authority. Attention will now turn to concluding negotiations for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Eva and Adeline will discuss the state-of-play on the TTIP negotiations as well as other areas of focus in the bilateral relationship.

Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: United States Council for International Business 1400 K Street, N.W., Suite 450 Washington, DC  20005 Metro: McPherson Square (Red/Blue/Silver)

Price: WIIT Members: free Non-Members: $25

Registration fees are non-refundable, and due at the time of registration.

WIIT Hosts its Annual Awards Dinner to a Sold-Out Crowd!

By: Kathryn Kobe

Nancy Travis and Ambassador Darci Vetter

Nancy Travis and Ambassador Darci Vetter

On June 16, WIIT held its Annual Dinner & Awards Presentation to sold-out crowd at the Renaissance Hotel in Dupont Circle. WIIT had the honor of presenting its 2015 Woman of the Year award to USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Ambassador Darci Vetter. The dinner was hosted by WIIT President, Nancy Travis, as the final highlight of her successful term as she now takes on her next role of Immediate Past President. Incoming President, Stefanie Holland also spoke. Ambassador Vetter’s remarks drew on her own experiences as a woman in the trade world, and touched on next steps to conclude what will hopefully become the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The evening began with a reception that followed the WIIT annual members’ business meeting. Over 200 people chatted and networked prior to dinner. The reception sponsors included: Alcoa, Dupont, John Deere, National Chicken Council, Personal Care, and Western Growers. As the attendees moved on to dinner, the Host Committee for the evening, Katherine Bedard, Wine Institute; Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Cargill, Incorporated; Lisa Schroeter, The Dow Chemical Company; and Laurie A. Hueneke, Merck Animal Health, made everyone feel welcome. Members and guests had another chance to discuss issues and make new contacts over a delicious meal. The dinner sponsors for the night included: The Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Cargill, Syngenta, Merck Animal Health, DISCUS, National Dairy Council, McLarty Associates, without whose support this successful event could not have happened. The wine for the evening was graciously provided by the Wine Institute.
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President Stefanie Holland and Past President Nancy Travis

The annual awards were presented during the dinner and included the WIIT Lifetime achievement award presented to Dr. Maria Luisa Abrantes, Secretary of State for Investment and Trade in Angola, as well as awards to members Alina Zarr, Sarah Bonner, Sarah Sprinkle, and Dana Watts for their outstanding work during the past year – view details here. WIIT also announced its new leadership team for the 2015-2016 term – view here.

WIIT Gets an Exclusive Tour of the Port of Virginia

By: Stefanie Holland Virginia-Port-Sets-January-Volume-RecordOn June 4, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) traveled to  Norfolk, VA, for a tour and meeting on trade issues at the Port of Virginia. As the  fifth largest container port in the U.S., the Port of Virginia is a significant  economic force in the Commonwealth, supporting nearly 10% the workforce and  directly linked to 374,000 jobs across Virginia. WIIT members, along with representatives of the VA/DC District Export Council, toured the Virginia International Gateway (VIG), which opened in 2007 and is the only automated container terminal in the United States, and Western Hemisphere. What does “automated container terminal” mean? Ships are loaded and off-loaded with cranes that are operated through computers and joysticks inside the Port headquarters. This automation creates improved precision and efficiencies for port operations. VIG is also the only terminal on the East Coast that can currently handle super post-Panamax class vessels. These larger container vessels will be able to reach East Coast ports due to the expansion of the Panama Canal locks and infrastructure. During the meeting on trade issues, WIIT members heard from representatives from the Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and had a discussion on Trade Promotion Authority. The night before the tour, the Virginia Maritime Association hosted a reception for the group with members of the Hampton Roads business community for an insightful view of the maritime industry to the region.

Professional Development Series: It’s Your Presence and Presentation

The Professional Development Committee of
the Association of Women in International Trade

invites you to

In The Blink of An Eye: Your Appearance Has Already Spoken

with

Emily_KatzEmily Katz
Image Design Strategist, EK Truth

People respond to the visuals first, and the information later.  If you are not captivating first impression interest within subliminal nanoseconds, you may have already lost your intended audience and they’re moving on. Command their attention!

Join WIIT for a brown bag lunch session with image strategist Emily Katz, where we will speak to the critically important visual image, presence and confidence that immediately informs the client/viewer/audience, the ways to get their interest and the confidence to keep it.  We will cover what works, and doesn’t, with immediately usable take-aways for wardrobe, makeup, posture and presence.  And have fun!

Represent yourself and your company or organization as a polished professional.  It’s crucial in today’s lightning-paced business climate to capture the lead with whatever edge you can.  Your physical image and presence is of the utmost importance, even though we may wish it were just about our brain power.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Location:
Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 400 (North Tower via rotunda entrance)
Washington, D.C. 20004
Metros: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue/Silver); Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver)

Price:
WIIT Members: free
Non-WIIT Members: $25

Advance registration closes on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10 AM ET.  Registration fees are non-refundable. 


Emily Katz is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and an ELLE Beauty Genius.  She and her work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ELLE, InStyle, French Glamour, and more.  Emily helps high-performing business people align their image, visual brand, and  message for maximum impact.  From LOST, Bradley Cooper, Selma Blair, Denise Richards, Michelle Williams, Minnie Driver, Sharon Stone and many more, she has helped craft the look for stars and major TV Shows/Films, C-level executives, and politicians.  Creating the advantage for you is what Emily’s work as an Image Design Strategist is all about. It’s about envisioning and enacting the game plan, look and confidence for you to succeed at a higher level.

Port of Virginia Trade Meeting and Tour – Norfolk, VA

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and The Virginia/DC District Export Council (VA/DC DEC) invite you to a joint meeting and tour of the Port of Virginia on June 4 in Norfolk, VA. The Port of Virginia and the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) is one of the only functional automated container terminals in the Western Hemisphere. The terminal is also the only terminal on the East Coast that can currently handle super post-Panamax class vessels. It is truly amazing if you are an aficionado of international commerce. The volume of cranes and containers is phenomenal. Meeting attendees are invited to a welcome reception on the evening of June 3 at 6pm, co-hosted by VA/DC DEC and the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA).  Planning is in progress so details will follow. Hotel accommodations are on your own.  The nearest recommended hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside (discount available by stating you are attending a VA Maritime Association event) and Courtyard Marriott are also close by.

Date & Time

Thursday, June 4, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Reception in Norfolk on June 3 will be held 6-8pm (details to follow)

Location

Port of Virginia 600 World Trade Center Norfolk, VA 23510 A Government-issued photo ID is required  

Price

WIIT Members: Free Non-Members: $25 Participation will be verified and is on a first-come first-serve basis

Agenda

  • 9:00 AM: Meeting at Port of Virginia offices, 600 World Trade Center, 6th floor (Street address is 101 W. Main Street), Norfolk, VA 23510
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch provided by the Port of Virginia
  • 1:00 PM: Transportation provided from Port of Virginia offices to Virginia International Gateway (VIG)
  • 1:30 PM: Tour at VIG, 1000 Virginia International Gateway Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Registration is subject to approval.  Advance registration closes at 5 PM on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  (more…)

Trade Talk with OFAC: Licensing

The Association of Women in International Trade invite you to  Ins and Outs of OFAC Licensing with Davin Blackborow, Assistant Director for Licensing, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Treasury Department The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administ​ers and enforces economic sanctions programs primarily against countries and groups of individuals, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals. Join WIIT for an exclusive off-the-record discussion with OFAC about licensing. Light breakfast will be provided. Date and Time: Friday, May 22, 2015 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP 815 Connecticut Ave NW, 12th floor (at I St NW) Washington, D.C. 20006 Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red) Price: WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members: $25 Advance registration closes on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with Angela Ellard

Angela Ellard This event is open to WIIT members only. The Association of Women in International Trade invites its members to a discussion of  Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with Angela Ellard Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or “fast track” trade legislation, would allow the President to submit trade deals to Congress for a straight yea or nay vote without the consideration of any amendments and it is considered critical for the implementation of negotiated international trade agreements. The last TPA expired in 2007. With the ongoing TTIP and TPP negotiations, the White House has been pushing for a renewal of TPA. On April 15, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). The Act, which establishes rules for entering into and conducting trade talks with foreign countries, would grant the President trade promotion authority. Join WIIT for an exciting off-the-record trade talk on TPA-2015 and the debate over this legislation. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch. Date and Time: Monday, May 18, 2015 Registration opens at 11:45 AM Meeting begins promptly at 12:00 PM Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318 45 Independence Ave SW Washington, D.C. 20515 Southwest of the Capitol, bounded by Independence Ave., South Capitol St., First S., and C St., S.W. Metro: Capitol South (Orange/Blue/Silver) This is a free members-only event. (more…)

Whisky Tasting with WIIT

Whisky-Regions-of-ScotlandSpace still available! Walk-ins welcome! The Association of Women in International Trade invites you to a Whisky Tasting! Please join WIIT for a tour around Scotland and its five whisky-producing regions.   You’ll have the opportunity to sample a typical whisky from each region while learning about the associated characteristics and the key stages in the production process. The tasting will be led by WIIT’s resident Scotch expert, Davida Connon. Light snacks will be provided. Date and Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:00 – 7:30 PM Location: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (new address) 1050 Connecticut Ave NW (between K and L), Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Metros: Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver) Click here for all transit options Price: WIIT Members: $20 Non-WIIT Members: $50 Advance registration closes on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET.  Registration fees are non-refundable. This event is open to adults aged 21 and over.

Trade Talk on GMOs in International Trade

This event has now reached maximum capacity.  Please contact us at (202) 293-2948 or via email at info@wiit.org if you would like to be put on the waitlist. The Association of Women in International Trade invites you to a trade talk on Genetically Modified Organisms in International Trade with Sharon Bomer Lauritsen Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Thea Emmerling Minister Counselor and Head of Health, Food Safety, and Consumer Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America Floyd Gaibler Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology, U.S. Grains Council Mgrainany countries diverge from the United States on regulating genetically modified organism (GMO) products. Several Asian countries have imposed or are weighing import bans on certain types of genetically modified U.S.-origin grains. Additionally, the labeling of GMO food, mandatory in the European Union but voluntary here, remains a significant issue in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. Will the GMO issue stall the Trans-Pacific Partnerhsip (TPP) and TTIP negotiations? Will the U.S. agriculture industry be able to turn the tide abroad? This event is off the record and closed to the media. Date & Time: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Registration opens at 11:45 AM 12:00-2:00pm Location: Baker & Hostetler LLP 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20036 Metros: Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver) Click here for all transit options Price WIIT Members: free Non-WIIT Members: $25 Pre-registration closes on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

Trade Talk with the White House – Event Recap

On April 28, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) hosted a trade talk with the White House, featuring Diana Doukas who is the Director for the White House Business Council and Elizabeth Kelley who serves as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Private Sector Engagement. Following a banner week for the U.S. trade agenda, where the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means held hearings and markups on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 – which will renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – Diana and Elizabeth gave updates from their posts as to the work that has been done and the work they continue to do on this front. They are busy! On the career development side, when asked what recommendations they have to women in this field Diana told WIIT members to not be afraid to take career risks. She also said relationships matter and that a colleague today may be a colleague 10 years from now in a different job. That indeed is the case for her and Elizabeth whose paths crossed professionally years ago, and now they are working together to advance the trade agenda. Elizabeth told WIIT members to be validators for one another. She said that woman should not hesitate to pick up the phone and recommend someone for a job, and give validation for that person. In essence, taking a mentorship one step further. We were delighted to have Diana and Elizabeth join us during such a busy time as the Senate and House consider the TPA bills they are working tireless on. We are grateful for their time and look forward to our continued engagement with them and their offices.

Trade Talk with the White House

The Association of Women in International Trade is pleased to host a trade talk with guest speakers Diana Doukas Director, White House Business Council The White House and Elizabeth Kelley Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Private Sector Engagement Date and Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Registration: 3:00PM Meeting starts promptly at 3:30 PM Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 1615 H Street NW (at Connecticut Ave NW) Washington, DC 20062 Metros: Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver); Farragut North (Red) Click here for all transit options This is a free members-only event.

Trade Talk on CBP’s Enforcement of Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Orders

The Association of Women in International Trade invites you to Working Together: Commerce and CBP Enforcement of Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Orders with Christian Marsh Deputy Assistant Secretary, Enforcement and Compliance U.S. Department of Commerce and Michael Walsh Director, ADCVD Policy & Programs Division, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Moderated by Peggy Clarke Partner, Law Offices of Peggy A. Clarke Please join WIIT for an exclusive off-the-record discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary Marsh and Director Walsh about the Department of Commerce’s and Customs and Border Protection’s role administering and enforcing U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) regulations. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.  Complimentary beverages will be provided. Date & Time: Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00 – 1:30 PM Location: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 400 (North Tower via rotunda entrance) Washington, D.C. Metros: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue/Silver); Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver) Price: WIIT Members: Free Non-members: $25 Advance registration closes on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

Networking and Membership Happy Hour

flight_wine_barThe Membership Committee of the Association of Women in International Trade invite you to Happy Hour at Flight! Network with members, meet with the current leadership team and learn about WIIT’s upcoming trade policy programs! Date & Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 PM Location: Flight 777 6th Street NW (between G and H) Washington, DC 20001 Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Yellow/Green lines) Click here for all transit options Cash bar No RSVP required, bring your friends!

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling: Women Who Mean Business

The Association of Women in International Trade and The British Embassy

invite you to attend a moderated conversation on having it all, what it means for women to be successful in business, and how to break through the barriers on the way to success

featuring

Ambassador Darci Vetter USTR Chief Agriculture Negotiator

and

Lee Chalmers London Business School

moderated by

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Marjorie Chorlins U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Light refreshments featuring British cheeses will be provided

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 31, 2015* (Advance registration required) 5:30 PM: Reception 6:00 PM: Conversation 7:00 PM: Drinks

Location: British Embassy, Rotunda 3100 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20008 Metrobus: N2 / N3 / N4 / N6 to Observatory Circle

Price: WIIT Members: Free Non-WIIT Members: $15

*All attendees must register before Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM due to security restrictions. We regret that walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Registration fees are non-refundable. (more…)

International Women’s Day Ambassadors Reception and Discussion on Global Politics

The Association of Women in International Trade
and
The University Club of Washington, DC

are pleased to host a reception to celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring women ambassadors from all over the world

Please join us for a discussion of current global political developments

with speakers including

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Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova
The Ambassador of Bulgaria

and

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Her Excellency Amelia Matos Sumbana
The Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique

Moderated by

Kathleen Parker
Kathleen Parker
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist
The Washington Post

Open Bar, Fruit and Cheese Display, Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Date and Time:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015*
(Advance registration required)
Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm

Location:
The University Club of Washington DC
1135 16th Street NW (between L and M)
Washington, DC  20005
Metros: Farragut North (Red); Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver)
Click here for all transit options

Price:
WIIT Members: $55
Non-WIIT Members: $80

*All attendees must register before Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:00 AMWe regret that walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Social Networking Event: Beer with the President (Third in a Series)

Would you like to have a beer with the President?

(of WIIT)

It has been conventional wisdom in politics that the President who wins an election is the candidate that most people would like to sit down and have a beer with. Thanks to a generous donation of an assortment of international beers from Diageo and the Beer Institute, the current President of WIIT is ready to put that wisdom to the test.

Please join Nancy Travis, WIIT President, and other WIIT officers for a series of social networking events over the next few weeks (or until the beer is gone).WIIT Beer with Pres - Nancy - crop Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: AdvaMed, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004

First in the series: Friday, February 13th

Second in the series: Friday, February 27th Third in the series: Friday, March 13th Remainder… TBD   Cost: WIIT Members: Free Non-WIIT Members: $25.00

International Women’s Day Breakfast with State Dept. Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

Registration is now full — please contact us at info@wiit.org or (202) 293-2948 to be placed on the waitlist.

In honor of International Women’s Day,
The Association of Women in International Trade

is pleased to host

Greta Schettler
Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues,
U.S. Department of State

Join WIIT for a morning presentation by Greta Schettler as she discusses the State Department’s priorities and agenda as they relate to women and international trade and development.

Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Date & Time:
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Location:
C&M International
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595
Metros: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue/Silver); Metro Center (Red; Orange/Blue/Silver)
Click here for all transit options

Price:
WIIT Members: Free
Non-WIIT Members: $25

Registration fees are non-refundable. 

International Women’s Day Celebration: A Look at the Trade Agenda

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pleased to host a celebration in honor of International Women’s Day. This annual signature event hosted by WIIT each March comes at a key point in time for the U.S. trade agenda. The speakers will highlight the work their Agency is doing to advance the robust trade agenda, including areas of focus such as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the trade agreements the United States is negotiating. In addition, we are pleased to honor the women ambassadors from all over the world as we mark their contributions to the advancement of global trade relations.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Featured Speakers Include:

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Wendy Cutler
Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

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Chandra Brown
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration

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Ambassador Miriam Sapiro
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2009 to 2014
WIIT Board Member

Additional speakers to be announced. 

Date & Time:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Program 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Reception 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Location:
US Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062
Metros: Farragut North (Red);
Farragut West (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Price:
WIIT/U.S. Chamber Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $60.00

Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:00 am.

Speed Networking With the Women of WIIT

Registration is now full!

Back by popular demand! Join us for WIIT’s second annual speed networking event, featuring two hours of networking with accomplished women of WIIT!

Mentees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with each mentor to learn about their career paths and current roles. Ask advice, expand your network, and increase your knowledge of international trade!

Light refreshments will be served. (more…)

WIIT Holds 2014 Winter Holiday Gala at the Embassy of Ireland

Ambassador Anne Anderson, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and WIIT President Nancy Travis

Ambassador Anne Anderson, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and WIIT President Nancy Travis

On Monday, December 8, the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) held its annual Winter Holiday Gala at the festively-decorated Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC. Ambassador Anne Anderson hosted the group of over 100 WIIT members, friends, and supporters. Joining Ambassador Anderson was the new EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström who was on her inaugural visit to Washington to discuss the current state of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and reaffirm the shared commitment to securing a strong agreement with the United States. Additionally, Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) joined the group as a member of the TTIP Congressional Caucus.
WIIT members with Ambassador Anne Anderson and Congressman Todd Young (R-IN)

WIIT members with Ambassador Anne Anderson and
Congressman Todd Young (R-IN)

While the group mingled and enjoyed drinks and savory hors d’oeuvres, they were also able to shop for holiday gifts by partaking in a silent auction of a diverse set of items including: ornaments donated by the Embassy; sparkling jewelry and accessories; gift cards to various retailers, restaurants, and professional development services; exclusive wine and liquor gift baskets; and tickets to sporting events. Proceeds from the silent auction were donated to the WIIT Charitable Trust to help fund its educational activities in international trade. WIIT would like to thank Google, who sponsored the Winter Holiday Gala.
Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) speaking on the TTIP

Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) speaking on the TTIP

 
Ambassador Miriam Sapiro and Angela Ellard

Ambassador Miriam Sapiro and Angela Ellard

 
Winter Casey, Steve Rochlin, Christina Sevilla and Johanna Shelton

Winter Casey, Steve Rochlin, Christina Sevilla and Johanna Shelton

 
Carol Brewer, Elli Nesbitt and Amy Breeman-Rhodes

Carol Brewer, Elli Nesbitt and Amy Breeman-Rhodes

 
Alina Zarr

Alina Zarr

2014 WIIT Charitable Trust High Tea

The WIIT Charitable Trust hosted an elegant High Tea on November 5, 2014, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. A sparkling cross-section of the international trade community attended the event at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, including several mother-daughter sets—in one case, three generations! After viewing the striking art exhibit, the attendees enjoyed the delicious treats while listening to insightful remarks from the Mistress of Ceremonies, Debbi Jarvis (Group Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Pepco Holdings, Inc.) and the keynote speaker, Mignon L. Clyburn Commissioner, U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Both spoke of the important role international trade plays in enhancing women’s economic and social well-being domestically and internationally. Upon departure, guests were given gift bags generously donated by the Personal Care Products Council. WIIT thanks the event sponsors, including Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC; The Rich Firm, P.C.; Ashley and Michael Darby; Otsuka; Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; and Sister Strength LLC. WIIT 1      WIIT 2 WIIT 3 (Article and pictures by Elli Nesbitt, WIIT Trust)

Analysis of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

The Association of Women in International Trade invite you to a luncheon discussion with James Bonham Former Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair, Federal Government Affairs & Public Policy Practice, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Scott Hatch Former Executive Director, National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Managing Partner, Federal Government Affairs & Public Policy Practice, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Please join WIIT for a luncheon discussion of the 2014 mid-term election results and a look at their potential impact on the lame-duck session, the 114th Congress, shifts in committee leadership, and the future of trade policy. Lunch will be provided. (more…)