Woman of the Year Awards Dinner – June 7, 2017

  • Annual Meeting (members only)
    June 7, 2017
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Cocktail Reception & Dinner
    June 7, 2017
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Women in International Trade!

Date & Time:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
5:00 PM: Annual Meeting (WIIT Members Only)
View the 2017-2018 Slate of Nominees
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6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM: Dinner


Wendy Cutler, Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute

Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. Office in November 2015. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and women’s empowerment in Asia. She joins ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan.

Ms. Cutler’s other responsibilities with USTR included U.S.-China trade relations, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, and the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement and negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues as telecommunications, autos, and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral trade experience as the U.S. negotiator for the WTO Financial Services Agreement and several Uruguay Round Agreements. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Cutler worked on trade issues at the Commerce Department.

Ms. Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. She is married and has one son.


Julia K. Hughes, President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)

Julia K. Hughes is the President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). USFIA represents all segments of the fashion industry, from apparel brands to retailers to service companies.  Ms. Hughes represents the interests of textile and apparel importers on trade policy issues to government officials, both in the United States and overseas. She has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch on textile trade issues. Ms. Hughes is also recognized as an expert in textile and apparel issues and is a frequent speaker at international conferences including the Apparel Sourcing Show, MAGIC, Foreign Service Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, Cotton Sourcing Summit, USIA’s Worldnet, the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau, Young Presidents’ Organization, World Trade Organization Beijing International Forum and others.

Ms. Hughes also served as the first President of the international Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT). In 1992 she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award and in 2008 received the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Hughes has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


Carolyn Brehm, 2017 Business Legacy Awardee

Carolyn Brehm leads P&G’s team of sixty government relations practitioners who support key markets in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America.  She formed the global GR function for P&G in 2005 and is responsible for public policy and legislative advocacy to protect and grow P&G’s business.  She joined P&G in August 2000 as a Director in the Washington office with responsibilities for electronic commerce and data privacy, chemicals management and food, drugs and cosmetic issues.

She began her career at the U.S.-China Business Council, a non-profit organization promoting trade and investment with China.  She authored a number of articles for the China Business Review and a chapter in the book, “U.S. China Trade: Problems and Prospects”, published in 1988.

Ms. Brehm is a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with a specialization in East Asian Studies.  She completed a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven (CT) /Cyprus College campus in Nicosia in 1996.  She resided in Bombay, India as an American Field Service exchange student in 1972 and lived in Nicosia, Cyprus from 1993 to 1996.  Ms. Brehm has studied Mandarin and French.  She currently serves on the Boards of the Executive Council on Diplomacy, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council and chairs the Una Chapman Cox Foundation Policy Council.

She is married to Ambassador Richard A. Boucher, a retired U.S. career diplomat who until recently served as Deputy Secretary General at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.  They have a daughter, Madeleine, and a son, Peter.

Natalie Kamphaus, 2017 Emerging Leader Awardee

Natalie Kamphaus currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington State, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee. Her responsibilities include advising the Congressman on tax, trade, immigration, and agriculture policy. Natalie has worked for Congressman Reichert since January of 2011. Originally from Georgia, she is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina.




Florie Liser, 2017 Government Service Awardee

Florizelle (Florie) Liser is the third President and CEO of CCA. Ms. Liser brings expertise and an extensive network on trade and Africa to her new role, along with a strong track record of working with the private sector to translate policy into action. She is the first woman to lead the Council since its founding in 1993. Ms. Liser joined CCA from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa since 2003. At USTR, she led trade and investment policy towards 49 sub-Saharan African nations and oversaw implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Previously, Ms. Liser served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications from 2000-2003. She also served as Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the Office of International Transportation and Trade at the Department of Transportation from 1987-2000; worked as a Director in USTR’s Office of GATT Affairs, and served as an Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council (ODC) from 1975-1980.

Ms. Liser holds a M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Dickinson College.





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