Working Abroad: How to Plan an Short-term Overseas Assignment – POSTPONED

  • December 4, 2018
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on how to structure and effectively manage a short-term assignment. Leila just returned from a two-month assignment in Toyota’s London office where she worked on Brexit and other Trans-Atlantic trade issues. This is the third time in her career that she has completed an assignment overseas. She also worked in Morocco and Switzerland. Leila will share her lessons learned as well as tips on how to plan and prepare for your own overseas adventures!

Following the roundtable discussion, please join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a reception sponsored by Toyota.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Roundtable discussion
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Reception



Leila Aridi Afas
Director, International Public Policy
Toyota Motor North America

Leila is Director of International Public Policy for Toyota. In this role, she manages a global portfolio of policies that could impact our business operations. She works directly with TMC and TMNA. Prior to this role, she led the promotion of U.S. exports under President Obama.  She also served as a diplomat in the George W. Bush Administration. Leila is a former management consultant, financial analyst and Parliamentary aide (UK House of Commons).


Moderated by

Evelyn Suarez provides legal and consulting services to companies engaged in international trade, particularly related to customs, anti-corruption and trade policy. Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies and in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters.  Ms. Suarez also has extensive experience handling high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and various Congressional investigations into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme. Ms. Suarez spent her early professional career at the U.S. International Trade Commission and at the predecessor agency to U.S. Customs & Border Protection. She is a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and serves on the Virginia Maritime Association Board, the Advisory Council to George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research, Old Dominion University’s Maritime Port and Logistics Management Institute and on the Advisory Board to Georgetown University Law Center International Trade Update.





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