Annual WIIT Awards

Each year WIIT recognizes at its Annual Dinner those volunteers who made significant contributions in the area of international trade and in fulfilling WIIT’s mission


Outstanding Woman of the Year Award

wiitwomanoftheyearThe award recipient should have made an 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. The recipient need not be a WIIT member. Current officers and members of the WIIT Board are not eligible.

Nominations Due January 11

WIIT is seeking nominations for its annual Woman of the Year! Do you know an amazing woman in trade who is deserving of this recognition? Please complete this application and send to WIIT no later than January 11.
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Outstanding Woman of the Year Award

2016 - Ambassador Roberta Jacobson

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2016 - Ambassador Roberta Jacobson

2015 - Ambassador Darci Vetter

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2015 - Ambassador Darci Vetter

2014 - Barbara Weisel

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2014 - Barbara Weisel

Assistant U.S. trade representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

2013 - Barbara Hammerle

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2013 - Barbara Hammerle

Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Asset Controls, U.S. Department of Treasury

2012 - Deanna Tanner Okun

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2012 - Deanna Tanner Okun

Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

2011 - Wendy Cutler

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2011 - Wendy Cutler

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs

2010 - Michelle O’Neill

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2010 - Michelle O’Neill

Deputy Under Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

2009 - Angela Ellard

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2009 - Angela Ellard

Chief Trade Counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means

2008 - Brigitte Gwyn

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2008 - Brigitte Gwyn

Director for Trade and Fiscal Policy, Business Roundtable

 

2008 - Linda (Menghetti) Dempsey

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2008 - Linda (Menghetti) Dempsey

Vice President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade

2007 - Susan Schwab

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2007 - Susan Schwab

USTR Ambassador

2006 - Hon. Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2006 - Hon. Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Member of the U.S. Senate

2005 - Catherine A. Novelli

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2005 - Catherine A. Novelli

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Mediterranean

2004 - Hon. Jennifer Dunn

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2004 - Hon. Jennifer Dunn

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Deceased in 2007)

2003 - Regina Vargo

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2003 - Regina Vargo

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

2002 - Rosa Whitaker

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2002 - Rosa Whitaker

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

2001 - Hon. Ann Veneman

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2001 - Hon. Ann Veneman

Secretary of Agriculture

2000 - Hon. Charlene Barshefsky

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


2000 - Hon. Charlene Barshefsky

United States Trade Representative

1999 - Hon. Nancy Johnson

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1999 - Hon. Nancy Johnson

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

1998 - Thelma Askey

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1998 - Thelma Askey

Staff Director, Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representative

1997 - Hon. Marcia Miller

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1997 - Hon. Marcia Miller

Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

1996 - Hon. Ruth Harkin

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1996 - Hon. Ruth Harkin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

1995 - Hon. Janet Nuzum

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1995 - Hon. Janet Nuzum

Vice Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

1994 - Ruth Kurtz

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1994 - Ruth Kurtz

Washington representative for NAFTA Business Consortium

1993 - Sandra Kristoff

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1993 - Sandra Kristoff

Director of Asian Affairs, National Security Council

1992 - Julia Hughes

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1992 - Julia Hughes

Vice President, Associated Merchandising Corporation

1991 - Judith Bello

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1991 - Judith Bello

Partner, Sidley & Austin

1990 - Doreen Brown

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1990 - Doreen Brown

President, Consumers for World Trade

1990 - Ann Hughes

Outstanding Woman of the Year Award


1990 - Ann Hughes

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recipient should be an active WIIT member (affiliated with the organization for at least 10 years) whose service in WIIT has had a significant impact on the association. The individual should also be a role model for others in international trade and inspire a career in trade by others. Current members of the WIIT Board (including the President) are not eligible.

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 - Peggy Clarke

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2016 - Peggy Clarke

Peggy A. Clarke, an attorney who advises clients on matters involving international trade issues, has been the Secretary of WIIT for the past 8 years.  In addition, Ms. Clarke has previously served on WIIT’s Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of WIIT’s International Agreements Section.  Ms. Clarke had been an on and off member of WIIT since its early years.  She has also been active in the programming side of the organization, planning and participating in programs, and has been a mentor in WIIT’s mentoring program.  Ms. Clarke also worked with the WIIT Trust to develop and present a Trade 101 program on Trade Remedy laws.

2015 - Dr. Maria Luisa Abrantes

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2015 - Dr. Maria Luisa Abrantes

Secretary of State for Investment and Trade in Angola

2014 - Cami Mazard

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2014 - Cami Mazard

2013 - Elizabeth R. Nesbitt

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2013 - Elizabeth R. Nesbitt

Elizabeth R. Nesbitt, a senior International Trade Analyst at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), follows trade and competitiveness issues related to biotechnology and nanotechnology. She has been a project leader and major author on USITC studies addressing topics ranging from industrial biotechnology to SMEs to prescription drug pricing. She has also written articles and made presentations about China’s bioproducts industries. Ms. Nesbitt has received several professional awards, including the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. She earned a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College. She belongs to several professional organizations, including WIIT, AAAS, ACS, AIChE, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

2012 - Nicole Bivens Collinson

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2012 - Nicole Bivens Collinson

Nicole Bivens Collinson leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.S. and serves as managing principal of the Washington, DC office. She is also a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Ms. Collinson has over 25 years’ experience in government, public affairs, and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies. Ms. Collinson prepares countries, companies, and associations for negotiations with the United States on free trade agreements, trade and investment agreements, labor disputes, or other preferential programs. She is known for her ability to foster dialogue among a diverse set of stakeholders to resolve complex issues in trade policy making and implementation. She also works directly with U.S. multinational corporations and associations, as well as foreign companies, associations and government agencies, to clearly represent their positions in Washington. In doing so, she analyzes and monitors cross-cutting trade issues, including labor, environment, food safety, customs regulation, international development, and others, and helps build strong coalitions to advocate for change. Further, her work representing clients before Congress has earned her a well-respected position among politicians involved in international and business affairs. She is a well-known trade authority in Washington, regularly called upon by members of Congress and the administration to help explain complex trade programs. Prior to joining Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, Ms. Collinson served as assistant chief negotiator of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for the negotiation of bilateral agreements with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Sub-Continent, and Africa. She also served as a country specialist in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for the preparation of negotiations on specific topics between the U.S. and Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, and Hong Kong, as well as for the administration of complex textile agreements. Ms. Collinson holds a master’s degree in international relations from the George Washington University and a triple bachelor’s degree in political science, European Studies, and French from Georgetown College. She also studied at the Université de Caen in France. She is current Chair of the WIIT Charitable Trust and past president of WIIT. She serves on the board of trustees for Georgetown College and the board of directors for Imojeans, and she is the past executive director for the U.S. Hosiery Manufacturers Coalition, the U.S. Apparel Industry Coalition, and the U.S. Sock Distributors Coalition.

2011 - Amanda DeBusk

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2011 - Amanda DeBusk

F. Amanda DeBusk is the chair of Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade Department, where she heads the firm’s export controls and sanctions practice, and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. She has a broad practice advising on U.S. international trade regulations that govern imports, exports, and trade compliance. She is a widely recognized authority in the enforcement of export controls and sanctions, drawing on her background as the former U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement to handle civil and criminal enforcement matters, as well as voluntary disclosures. Ms. DeBusk also advises clients in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade remedies, customs, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Buy America Act, and market access. Ms. DeBusk received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond, and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

2011 - Barbara Wanner

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2011 - Barbara Wanner

Barbara Wanner has more than 30 years of professional experience dealing with information, communications, and technology (ICT) policy; international trade; and foreign policy issues in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as Vice President for ICT Policy at the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB). In that capacity, she works with members and government officials on a wide range of ICT issues, including initiatives to regulate trans-border data flows, enhance cyber security and privacy of personal data, and promote sound Internet governance. Ms. Wanner works through USCIB’s international affiliations and directly with the U.S. government to provide a U.S. business perspective in international negotiations on those issues. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC, and the OECD. Prior to joining USCIB, she served as Director, Global Services Summit at the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI). She was responsible for planning all aspects of CSI’s annual international summit, which draws more than 350 participants and features trade ministers, corporate CEOs, and prominent policy experts. She also staffed CSI’s ICT Working Group, promoted CSI members’ interests in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and advocated before the U.S. Congress on legislation to grant Russia permanent normal trade relations. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Wanner was Senior Projects Coordinator for the U.S. Asia Pacific Council (USAPC), a program of the East-West Center. In this capacity, she was the lead liaison with the U.S. Congress, which entailed representing the Center’s interests before relevant appropriations and authorization committees as well as developing and implementing an outreach strategy aimed at showcasing East-West Center products and research relevant to lawmakers’ interests. She wrote and published USAPC’s Washington Report, a bimonthly publication that provided an “inside-the-Beltway” perspective on developments in U.S.-Asia Pacific relations, and facilitated the participation of prominent U.S. policy experts in Asian regional forums, such as APEC and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). Before her East-West Center tour, Ms. Wanner was Deputy Director of the International Electronics Manufacturers and Consumers of America (IEMCA). And for nearly 15 years, Ms. Wanner served as Senior Political Analyst for the Japan Economic Institute (JEI). At JEI, she wrote extensively and provided media commentary about Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan security relations, corporate issues faced by U.S. subsidiaries of Japanese companies, and developments in Congress and the U.S. executive branch relevant to U.S.-Japan relations. Other assignments included a tour at Matsushita Electric Corporation of America as Government Relations Manager; Research Associate and Congressional Analyst at two Washington, DC consulting firms; and Staff Assistant to former Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL). Ms. Wanner has an M.A. in political science from Columbia University and a B.A. in international relations from Bucknell University. She also received a Certificate in International Business from Georgetown University.

2010 - Susan M. Schmidt

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2010 - Susan M. Schmidt

Susan M. Schmidt is a partner with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Her practice focuses on international trade, business, advocacy, and government relations. In her work with Manatt, and prior to that with the U.S. Diplomatic Service, she has developed effective strategies to address international opportunities and complex disputes, with experience as an advocate, negotiator, and public speaker. Ms. Schmidt assists domestic and multinational companies with investment and trade issues before agencies of the U.S. government as well as other governments, with a focus on Latin America. In addition to developing and implementing strategies to navigate government approval and regulatory processes relative to cross-border business and investment, she often addresses matters involving the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, bilateral trade and investment agreements, export controls and compliance, and immigration. On behalf of domestic and foreign clients, she has addressed the challenges of policy and compliance relative to international financial transactions and operations, as well as the policy and practical issues connected with the regulation of international financial transactions by the various governments and multilateral organizations. For clients, she has devised strategies to address international disputes, to improve relations with U.S. and foreign government officials, and to create new international business opportunities. She has made presentations on regulatory constraints, services sectors, and emerging technologies to foreign government officials and private sector groups. Ms. Schmidt also works with domestic and international companies and organizations on U.S. advocacy with the U.S. Congress and administration as well as others who influence policy. Her work extends to the representation of foreign business and exporter associations in Washington, the interests of foreign governments before the U.S. Congress, and organizations before State legislative committees. Ms. Schmidt also has worked with foreign governments on a range of policy and business issues in advocacy and awareness-building activities. Ms. Schmidt’s engagement with Latin America stems from her time with the U.S. diplomatic service. While with the U.S. Foreign Service, she participated in multilateral and bilateral negotiations, managed the Department of State’s intellectual property rights portfolio in Latin America and developed IP enforcement efforts with private sector and government entities world-wide, and served as an Economic Officer in Bogota, Colombia, where she was responsible for trade relations, fisheries, telecommunications, science and environment, civil aviation, and agricultural trade issues, and a Consular/Personnel officer in Mexico City, Mexico. While on detail to a leading telecommunications enterprise, she managed public affairs matters for the Andean region and Caribbean.

2009 - Alice Slayton Clark

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2009 - Alice Slayton Clark

Alice Slayton Clark is a government relations specialist who has served over 20 years as a lobbyist, political advisor, and independent consultant. Previously, she served four years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide in both the House and the Senate. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and government from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She recently lived overseas for five years as a Foreign Service spouse in Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic German. Enjoying social service, she has volunteered in many capacities for WIIT, local PTAs, and international women’s groups.

2008 - Julia K. Hughes

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2008 - Julia K. Hughes

Julia K. Hughes is the President of the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA). USA-ITA 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 -- and the first President -- of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) as well as the WIIT Charitable Trust. In 1992 she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award, and in 2008 she received the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Hughes has an M.A. degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.

2007 - Mary Lou Egan

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2007 - Mary Lou Egan

2006 - Barbara Linney

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2006 - Barbara Linney

Barbara Linney is a member in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Miller & Chevalier, Chartered, practicing in the area of international trade and transactions. She regularly advises both U.S. and foreign clients regarding U.S. export controls and international economic sanctions, defense trade and security regulations, and other international trade and business issues, including foreign investment review, mergers, acquisitions and financings, and anti-corruption and anti-boycott compliance. She represents clients before various federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State, and Treasury (Office of Foreign Assets Control and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). Ms. Linney, who holds a master’s degree in international law from Georgetown University, is an active member and a past President of WIIT and serves as pro bono general counsel to WIIT and Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. (WIFLE). In 2006, Ms. Linney was the recipient of WIIT’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, she received the WIFLE Executive Committee award in recognition of her pro bono service.

2005 - Mary Alexander

WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award


2005 - Mary Alexander

Until her retirement, Mary K. Alexander worked 19 years in the Washington Office of Government and Public Affairs for Panasonic Corporation of North America. As Director, Government Relations, she monitored and lobbied on federal legislative and regulatory activities affecting Panasonic’s North American operations, focusing on international trade, tax, and general corporate affairs issues. Before joining Panasonic, Ms. Alexander’s professional career included ten years with the U.S. Congress, including work for the Trade Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Charles H. Percy (R-IL), and Congressman Orval Hansen (R-ID). She also served as Director of Trade Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy and worked with the U.S. State Department in Damascus, Syria, and the United States. Before retiring in 2008, Ms. Alexander chaired the Joint Industry Group, an ad hoc coalition of Fortune 500 companies, carriers, customs brokers, trade associations, service providers, and law firms with a common interest in global commerce. She is past chair of the Trade & Logistics Working Group for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and past chair of the Government Affairs Council of CEA. She also is past chair of the International Trade Policy Committee of the Electronic Industries Alliance. In addition, for ten years she chaired the Government Policy Council of the International Electronics Manufacturers and Consumers of America. Ms. Alexander has held a number of leadership positions with WIIT and its educational arm, the WIIT Charitable Trust. She served as WIIT President, membership chair, and board member. As the founding chair of the Trust, she focused the Trust’s work on trade education. As a result, the Trust developed a high school module on teaching international trade concepts, which has been used in Washington area schools and in schools around the U.S. In 2004 WIIT honored Ms. Alexander with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Alexander has a B.A. in history from Ursinus College and did graduate work at George Washington University. After retiring, she received her certificate as a Master Naturalist and now teaches children about nature. She also is the Washington representative for Friends of the Earth Middle East, an environmental peace-building organization. The rest of her time is spent on Northern Virginia politics.

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award

The award recipient should be someone whose service and commitment have made an invaluable contribution to the organization. The recipient must have been a WIIT member for at least one year. Current members of the WIIT Board (including the President) are not eligible.

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award

2016 - Rowan Dougherty

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2016 - Rowan Dougherty

MorrisRowan-49819-7049Rowan Dougherty is an intellectual property and international trade attorney at Adduci  Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP.  She represents clients in Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission, in federal district court litigation, as well as matters regulated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She has represented foreign and U.S. businesses in patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and trade dress matters involving a wide range of industries.  In addition to being involved with the Intellectual Property Section since joining WIIT in 2010, she has also held the role of VP of Programming since 2013.  Rowan would like to acknowledge Assistant VPs Moushami Joshi and Margaret Spicer for their invaluable support this year.  

2015 - Alina Zarr

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2015 - Alina Zarr

Associate in Public Policy and External Affairs for Grant Thornton

2014 - Julie Peterson and Carlene Hastings

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2014 - Julie Peterson and Carlene Hastings

2013 - Peggy Clarke

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2013 - Peggy Clarke

Peggy A. Clarke, with the Law Offices of Peggy A. Clarke, has practiced in international trade for more than 30 years. She specializes in trade remedy, market access, and dispute settlement under various trade treaties and agreements, including the World Trade Organization and the many free trade agreements. She also is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, teaching trade remedy law. Peggy has been the WIIT Secretary for the past five years and a member for many years. She also is a previous co-chair of WIIT’s International Agreements section. Peggy received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, her master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University.

2012 - Amanda Riggs

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2012 - Amanda Riggs

Amanda M. Riggs is an advisor for the Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa Affairs Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Riggs works on a variety of portfolios, including Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. She launched the department’s Clean Energy Initiative and organizes trade missions, conferences, roundtable discussions, and events. Riggs also writes policy papers and provides business development services for companies.   Before joining the Chamber in November 2011, Riggs spent four years in Egypt working in the private sector. She was a marketing consultant for SNR Denton Egypt LLC, a global corporate law firm with an office in Cairo, where she helped author SNR Denton’s legal publication Doing Business in Egypt. Riggs spent several years working at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt), the largest and most active American Chamber in the Middle East.   Riggs has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and global studies with minors in Middle East studies and world religions from the University of Minnesota. Riggs studied at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration in Budapest, Hungary, and completed an Africa Symposium on Mediation and Conflict Negotiation in Cape Town, South Africa.   She serves as chair of the Environment and Energy Committee for Women in International Trade (WIIT), where she previously chaired the Africa/Middle East Committee, and as director of the Ambassador Series for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).   Riggs is writing her first novel about an American woman’s guide to business in the Middle East and North Africa. She writes blog posts and articles on the Middle East, women’s issues, politics, and business for Forbes.com, FreeEnterprise.com, The Diplomatic Courier, WIIT, and YPFP.

2011 - Parva Fattahi

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2011 - Parva Fattahi

2010 - Carol Brewer

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2010 - Carol Brewer

Carol J. Brewer is a consultant in the international trade practice of King & Spalding LLP and has 18 years’ experience assisting clients with trade remedy proceedings in the United States. She received an MBA degree from George Washington University, a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, and a certificate in international trade law and business from The Philadelphia Institute. She joined WIIT in 1998 and was co-chair of its Western Hemisphere section from 2000 to 2004 and a member of the board of directors from 2004 to 2006. Brewer served as WIIT’s representative to the board of directors of OWIT International from 2009 to 2010. WIIT’s Board selected her as the 2010 Outstanding Member of the Year for her invaluable contribution of service and commitment to the organization. She has also been a member of the Washington International Trade Association since 1999.

2009 - Phyllis L. Derrick

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2009 - Phyllis L. Derrick

Phyllis L. Derrick is a consultant with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump) who focuses on trade remedy matters on behalf of major American and other multinational corporations. Ms. Derrick has nearly 30 years of experience, both in counseling companies and in administering trade remedy laws. In private practice and government service, she has represented and worked with a broad array of industries, including agricultural, steel, electronics, chemicals, commodities and consumer goods, both in petitioning the U.S. government for imposition of duties and defending international clients against allegations of dumping and subsidization. She assists clients with all aspects of these cases, including strategic planning, case evaluation, risk management, data collection, coordination, communications and analysis. Prior to joining Akin Gump in 1995, Ms. Derrick worked with SKF Gleitlager in Saarbrücken, Germany. As deputy company controller, she oversaw $50 million in annual sales and overseas subsidiary operations. Her responsibilities included establishing intracompany transfer pricing policies to comply with local and U.S. tax requirements and extensive oversight of the U.S. subsidiary operation for consolidated management reporting. She was responsible for ensuring local implementation of corporate financial and accounting reporting requirements based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Special projects included revision of the cost accounting system, replacement of software accounting systems, and participating as finance spokesman in company Total Quality Management projects. Her work was conducted entirely in German. Prior to joining SKF Gleitlager, Ms. Derrick worked with Grant Thornton, a major accounting and consulting firm, in its international trade group. She designed and implemented systems for reporting requirements, including addressing all aspects of necessary reporting methodologies, data collection and evaluation. Prior to her work with Grant Thornton, Ms. Derrick served at the Department of Commerce’s Import Administration for seven years. She developed, directed, and coordinated programs to enforce U.S. antidumping law. She worked on more than 100 separate proceedings. She was a key member of the team charged with investigating the only case self-initiated by the Commerce Department and with subsequently establishing the quarterly monitoring procedures.

2008 - Ruben Sroukhanian

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2008 - Ruben Sroukhanian

2007 - Eugenia Lankova Ross

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2007 - Eugenia Lankova Ross

2006 - Catherin Robinson

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2006 - Catherin Robinson

2005 - Laura Trejo

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2005 - Laura Trejo

2004 - Elizabeth R. Nesbitt

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2004 - Elizabeth R. Nesbitt

Elizabeth R. Nesbitt, a senior International Trade Analyst at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), follows trade and competitiveness issues related to biotechnology and nanotechnology. She has been a project leader and major author on USITC studies addressing topics ranging from industrial biotechnology to SMEs to prescription drug pricing. She has also written articles and made presentations about China’s bioproducts industries. Ms. Nesbitt has received several professional awards, including the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. She earned a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College. She belongs to several professional organizations, including WIIT, AAAS, ACS, AIChE, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

2004 - Jennifer Mulveny

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2004 - Jennifer Mulveny

2003 - Christine Hanna

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2003 - Christine Hanna

2002 - Christine Briscoe

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2002 - Christine Briscoe

2001 - Tina Howe

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2001 - Tina Howe

2000 - Marianne Alicona

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


2000 - Marianne Alicona

1999 - Maria Cameron

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1999 - Maria Cameron

1998 - Liese Wright

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1998 - Liese Wright

1997 - Julianne O’Dwyer

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1997 - Julianne O’Dwyer

1996 - Sheree Storm

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1996 - Sheree Storm

1995 - Katherine Simpson

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1995 - Katherine Simpson

1995 - Kelly Brown

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1995 - Kelly Brown

1994 - Judy Bradt

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1994 - Judy Bradt

1993 - Robin Lanier

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1993 - Robin Lanier

1992 - Trish Babyak

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1992 - Trish Babyak

1991 - Colleen Morton

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1991 - Colleen Morton

1991 - Edrie Irvine

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1991 - Edrie Irvine

1990 - Helen Freeman

Outstanding WIIT Member of the Year Award


1990 - Helen Freeman

Section / Committee of the Year

The award recipient should be a section or committee whose service and commitment have made an invaluable contribution to the organization. The section or committee must have planned and organized, at a minimum, the number of programs (WIIT-wide, brownbag sessions and organizational meetings) required by WIIT in the past year.

Section / Committee of the Year

2016 - Export Controls & Sanctions

Section / Committee of the Year


2016 - Export Controls & Sanctions

CBL crop Cristina Brayton-Lewis has served as Co-Chair of the Export Controls and Sanctions Section for WIIT since 2014.  She first became involved with WIIT as a law student in 2007.   Cristina is a Senior Associate at White & Case LLP, where her practice focuses on economic sanctions, export controls, and national security reviews. She previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the DC Office of the Attorney General.  In 2016, she was selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.      
  Contini_Kerry_19899_Kerry Contini is Of Counsel in the Baker & McKenzie LLP Outbound Trade Practice Group in Washington, DC. She has served as co-chair of the Firm's Pro Bono committee for several years and has managed award-winning pro bono work involving Baker & McKenzie professionals in North America, Europe and Asia. She has written on export controls and trade sanctions issues for several publications, including The Export Practitioner and Ethisphere. Ms. Contini is a co-chair of the Export Controls and Sanctions Section of the Association of Women in International Trade. She joined the Firm as a summer associate in 2005 and became a full-time associate in 2006.

2015 - Professional Development

Section / Committee of the Year


2015 - Professional Development

Sarah Bonner, Sarah Sprinkle and Dana Watts

2014 - Agriculture

Section / Committee of the Year


2014 - Agriculture

Sarah Ali and Karin Rindal

2013 - Intellectual Property

Section / Committee of the Year


2013 - Intellectual Property

Nitzan Arad, Rowan Morris Dougherty, and Erin Faul

2012 - Legislative Initiatives

Section / Committee of the Year


2012 - Legislative Initiatives

Stefanie Holland and Daryl Sando

2011 - Professional Development

Section / Committee of the Year


2011 - Professional Development

Maria Vega and Ausma Tomsevics

2011 - International Agreements

Section / Committee of the Year


2011 - International Agreements

Peggy Clarke and Parva Fattahi

2010 - Professional Development

Section / Committee of the Year


2010 - Professional Development

Theresa Harrison and Susan Schmidt

2010 - Special Events

Section / Committee of the Year


2010 - Special Events

Elizabeth Branson and Anku Nath

2009 - Customs

Section / Committee of the Year


2009 - Customs

Marguerite Downey, Heather Pinnock, Gabriela Carias-Green, Krista Harvey, and Kristen Smith

2008 - Customs

Section / Committee of the Year


2008 - Customs

2007 - Professional Development

Section / Committee of the Year


2007 - Professional Development

2006 - International Agreements/WTO

Section / Committee of the Year


2006 - International Agreements/WTO

Kim Frankena, Rebecca Woodings, and Tamuria Gabilaia

2005 - Special Events

Section / Committee of the Year


2005 - Special Events

Christine LoCascio, Fiona Simpkens, Edyta Malinowski, and Maria Abrantes