PRESS RELEASE | For immediate distribution, May 26, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) announced its annual awards, recognizing four women who made significant achievements in the international trade profession. “The WIIT Board is pleased to expand WIIT’s recognition of women in international trade this year,” said President Stefanie Holland. “It’s an honor to award these influential leaders for their dedication to expanding global opportunities and for their efforts to promote the careers of others in this field.”
Awardee Penny Pritzker said, “From providing professional development to offering educational events, your organization’s work reflects what we need in America right now: more women advancing through careers in international trade and business. Thank you for all you to do to expand U.S. trade and exports.”
Awards recipients include:
- “Outstanding Woman of the Year” awardee Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
- “Outstanding Leader in Trade” awardee Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
- “Outstanding Leader in International Development” awardee Josette Sheeran, President and CEO, Asia Society
- “Outstanding Career Service in Trade” awardee Cecilia Leahy Klein, longest serving employee of The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
WIIT also announced its member award recipients, who make an invaluable contribution in fulfilling the mission of WIIT.
Member award recipients include:
- “Lifetime Achievement” awardee Peggy Clarke, Principal, Law Offices of Peggy A. Clarke
- “Outstanding Member of the Year” awardee Rowan Dougherty, International Trade Attorney, Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg
- “WIIT Outstanding Programming of the Year: Export Controls and Sanctions Section” awardees Kerry Contini, Of Counsel in the Outbound Trade Practice Group, Baker & McKenzie LLP; and Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Senior Associate, White & Case LLP
WIIT’s mission is to promote the professional advancement of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development. WIIT does this through: professional development opportunities, educational offerings and social activities for professional networking.
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