Trade Talk Luncheon with Congressman Kevin Brady

The second session of the 113th Congress will be grappling with important trade issues, including negotiations for trade agreements with major U.S. trading partners such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement, and the possible renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). (more…)

A Comparative Look at South Africa’s Trade Relations with the U.S. and EU

The Africa & Middle East Section and The WTO/International Agreements Section hosted a Trade Talk with Mr. Sandile Tyini Minister (Economic), South African Embassy and Dr. Witney Schneidman Senior Advisor, African Affairs, Covington & Burling, LLP South Africa is an emerging economy and a key gateway to sub-Saharan Africa. This event will take a comparative look at South Africa’s trade relations with the U.S. and the EU, including the Trade, Development & Cooperation Agreement with the EU and current status of US-South African trade relations. Date & Time: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Location: Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP 1133 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (Metros: Farragut North red line; Farragut West orange/blue lines) Price: WIIT Members: free Non-Members: $25

Trade Talk on The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

The Legislative Initiatives Section hosted a Trade Talk with Angela Ellard Staff Director & Chief Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade The 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, TPP, and TISA negotiations, the White House is pushing a renewal of the TPA. Date & Time: January 13, 2014 12:00 – 1:30 pm Location: Cannon House Office Building Room 122 First and C Streets, SE Entrance is on opposite corner directly north of Capitol South Metro stop

2013 Winter Gala and Silent Auction

Hosted by

The Embassy of Mexico

with special guest

Mabel Gómez, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Mexico

Celebrate the winter season with WIIT while benefiting the WIIT Charitable Trust!

Holiday cocktails generously provided by DISCUS

Silent Auction Preview:

  • Private suites at the Verizon Center
  • Vacation package to Sonoma, California
  • Gift certificates to DC’s hottest restaurants
  • Two nights at historic Marriott Wardman Park
  • Admission to popular museums
  • Membership at historic estates
  • Valuable subscriptions to trade publications
  • Selection of fine wines and liquors
  • Virginia wine country tastings
  • Pet products and services
  • Theatre tickets
  • Gift baskets, jewelry, and more!

Date & Time:

Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:00 – 9:00 PM


The Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street NW (between Harvard and Fuller St.) Metro: Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow) Metrobus: 42 / 43 / S1 / S2 / S4 / S9 / H1 / H2


WIIT Members: $ 45.00 WIIT Non-Members: $ 60.00 Registration will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10.   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.

Famine in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why is it still a threat in the 21st century?

The Agriculture Section hosted a brown bag presentation by Michele McNabb Program Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Agency for International Development Africa has long been associated with images of disease and famine. Is that picture still accurate in 2013? Where and why does the risk of famine still exist? Has the threat disappeared anywhere? The US Government has operated the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) for nearly 30 years. FEWS NET’s achievements and obstacles will be discussed from a policy perspective. Date & Time: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:30 – 2:00 PM Location: Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP 1133 Connecticut Ave NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20036 Metros: Farragut North (Red Line) or Farragut West (Orange/Blue Lines)

Aviation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Avoiding a Trade War

The Environment & Energy Section hosted a panel featuring Nancy Young Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America Felix Leinemann Transportation Counselor, Delegation of the European Union Holly Woodruff Lyons Senior Counsel, House Subcommittee on Aviation Annie Petsonk International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund The UN group overseeing civil aviation just approved a landmark agreement to cut carbon emissions by 2020. The UN is now authorized to develop a develop a global market-based measure (MBM) before the UN general assembly in 2016. One of the many possible provisions may tax airlines for greenhouse gas emissions. Date & Time: October 29, 2013 12:30 – 2:00 PM Location: Bingham McCutchen LLP 2020 K Street NW (between 20th/21st), 11th Floor Washington, DC 20006 (Metros: Farragut North or Farragut West) Price: WIIT Members: free Non-Members: $15

The Fall 2013 International Outreach Social

The Association of Women in International Trade hosted embassy officials from Austria, Estonia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location: Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 400 (North Tower via rotunda entrance at 13th & Pennsylvania) Washington, DC 20004 (Metros: Federal Triangle or Metro Center)  Cost: $30 per person $40 for WIIT Members accompanied by Non-Member 

Meet the TTIP Experts & Negotiators

The Europe Section hosted a discussion with Marjorie Chorlins Senior Director, Europe U.S. Chamber of Commerce Join WIIT for a discussion about the recently launched U.S.-EU negotiations, featuring the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT). BCTT represents a broad array of businesses and trade associations seeking an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness on both sides of the Atlantic. Marjorie Chorlins from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide background on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and overview of the first round of negotiations. She’ll also discuss the objectives of the negotiations, the key players and the projected timeline. Light pastries and coffee will be provided. Date & Time: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Location: Amgen, Inc. 601 13th Street NW (between F and G St.), Suite 1200 Washington, D.C. 20005 (Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue Lines)