Career Reflections with WIIT Women of the Year

  • February 2, 2016
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Space still available – walk-ins welcome!

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

is pleased to host a roundtable discussion with

Angela Ellard

Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Michelle O’Neill

Vice President, Government Affairs and Trade Policy, Alcoa Inc.
Former Deputy Under Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ambassador Darci Vetter

Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Moderator: Nancy Schwalje Travis

Vice President, International Compliance and Governance, AdvaMed
WIIT President, 2014-2015

Join WIIT for an exclusive discussion with some of international trade’s top female leaders and past recipients of the WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year award about their career paths, challenges, and issues facing them during their careers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date & Time:
Tuesday,  February 2, 2016
Registration: 5:15 PM
Discussion: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (at 7th St), Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
Metros: Archives (Yellow/Green); Gallery Place Chinatown (Red, Yellow/Green); Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue/Silver)

WIIT Members: $15
Non-WIIT Members: $25

Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Advance registration closes 24 hours before the event.

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Angela Ellard is the Ways & Means Committee Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director in the U.S. House of Representatives. She advises Members on a variety of trade matters, including negotiations and implementation of bilateral and regional free trade agreements, the operation of U.S. trade laws, trade promotion authority, antidumping and countervailing duty issues, bilateral relationships with U.S. trading partners, preference programs for developing countries, and World Trade Organization negotiations and dispute settlement. Ms. Ellard was the recipient of the WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year award in 2009.

Michelle O’Neill serves as Alcoa’s top government liaison executive in Washington, D.C., and leads the company’s federal and state government affairs activities.  She is also is responsible for international trade policy supporting Alcoa’s global businesses. Prior to joining Alcoa, Ms. O’Neil served as Deputy Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA).  Ms. O’Neill was the recipient of the WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year award in 2010.

Darci Vetter serves as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Ambassador Vetter received her Master of Public Affairs degree and a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines. SAmbassador Vetter lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two young children. Ambassador Vetter was the recipient of the WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year award in 2015.

Nancy Schwalje Travis is Vice President for International Compliance and Governance at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).  Ms. Travis leads the association’s efforts to promote codes of ethics for the medical technology industry worldwide, focusing on Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe. She also addresses key issues related to association governance, including management of the Board of Directors. Ms. Travis has 20 years of international affairs and economics experience, with a particular focus on China trade issues. She worked on China and Taiwan’s World Trade Organization accession negotiations and has been involved in assessing compliance with WTO commitments.  Ms. Travis served as WIIT President in 2014-15.

The WIIT Outstanding Woman of the Year is selected each year by the Board of Directors based on her outstanding contribution to the profession, enhancing the status of women in international trade. She should be a role model for other women in the field and should be well-known and highly respected for her significant achievements or responsibilities.  WIIT honors the Outstanding Woman of the Year and the many contributions of its volunteers at


Venue Website:

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (at 7th St), Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 20004, United States


Metros: Archives (Yellow/Green); Gallery Place Chinatown (Red, Yellow/Green); Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue/Silver)