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

The 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.
 

2018 - THE HONORABLE KIM REYNOLDS
A recognized leader in state and local issues, Kim Reynolds served as county treasurer and state senator before becoming Lieutenant Governor and Governor. Through it all, she never gave up her dream of graduating from college. So she balanced family and work while taking classes at night. In 2016, while serving as Lieutenant Governor, Kim earned her degree at Iowa State University, at the age of 57. Kim Reynolds has never forgotten her working class roots. That’s why her top priorities as governor are creating good-paying jobs, cutting taxes, investing in public schools, and increasing opportunity in every part of Iowa. Kim and her husband have been married 36 years, have three daughters and nine grandchildren. 

2017 - CECILIA MALMSTRÖM
View Cecilia's acceptance speech below. 
 
Watch the video below. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz6VCmtWb6ErUko5SURGQ1NvNFU/view

2016 - AMBASSADOR ROBERTA JACOBSON


2015 - AMBASSADOR DARCI VETTER


2014 - BARBARA WEISEL

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

2013 - BARBARA HAMMERLE

Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Asset Controls, U.S. Department of Treasury
2012 - DEANNA TANNER OKUN


Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission
2011 - WENDY CUTLER

 
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs
2010 - MICHELLE O’NEILL
Deputy Under Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
2009 - ANGELA ELLARD
Vice President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade

2008 - LINDA (MENGHETTI) DEMPSEY
Vice President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade
2007 - SUSAN SCHWAB
USTR Ambassador
2006 - HON. BLANCHE LAMBERT LINCOLN
Member of the U.S. Senate
2005 - CATHERINE A. NOVELLI
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Mediterranean
2004 - HON. JENNIFER DUNN
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Deceased in 2007)
2003 - REGINA VARGO
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
2002 - ROSA WHITAKER
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
2001 - HON. ANN VENEMAN
Secretary of Agriculture
2000 - HON. CHARLENE BARSHEFSKY
United States Trade Representative
1999 - HON. NANCY JOHNSON
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
1998 - THELMA ASKEY
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representative
1997 - HON. MARCIA MILLER
Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission
1996 - HON. RUTH HARKIN
President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
1995 - HON. JANET NUZUM
Vice Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission
1994 - RUTH KURTZ
Washington representative for NAFTA Business Consortium
1993 - SANDRA KRISTOFF
Director of Asian Affairs, National Security Council
1992 - JULIA HUGHES
Vice President, Associated Merchandising Corporation
1991 - JUDITH BELLO
Partner, Sidley & Austin
1990 - DOREEN BROWN
President, Consumers for World Trade
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.

2018 - HOLLY VINEYARD
Holly Vineyard serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Markets within the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration. Global Markets oversees and coordinates the Commerce Department’s policies, programs and network of trade professionals. Our offices are located in over 70 countries, 100 locations across the United States, and in Washington, D.C. Through its Commercial Service, Advocacy Center, SelectUSA, and regional trade policy experts, Global Markets promotes U.S. exports, advances and protects U.S. 

2017 - PHYLLIS DERRICK

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
Secretary of State for Investment and Trade in Angola
2014 - CAMI MAZARD
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
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.
2011 - AMANDA DEBUSK
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.
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). 
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.
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
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, and others. 
2007 - MARY LOU EGAN
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).
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.

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.

2018 - CUSTOMS, LOGISTICS & TRANSPORTATION
Customs, Logistics & Transportation Section Co-chairs Kristen Smith, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A, and Susan Zimmerman, UPS
2017 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Rowan Doughtery Dana Leigh Watts
2016 - EXPORT CONTROLS & SANCTIONS
Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Senior Associate at White & Case LLP, and Kerry Contini, Of Counsel, Baker & McKenzie LLP
2015 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sarah Bonner, Sarah Sprinkle and Dana Watts
2014 - AGRICULTURE
Sarah Ali and Karin Rindal
2013 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Nitzan Arad, Rowan Morris Dougherty, and Erin Faul
2012 - LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES
Stefanie Holland and Daryl Sando
2011 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Maria Vega and Ausma Tomsevics
2011 - INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS
Peggy Clarke and Parva Fattahi
2010 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Theresa Harrison and Susan Schmidt
2010 - SPECIAL EVENTS
Elizabeth Branson and Anku Nath
2009 - CUSTOMS
Marguerite Downey, Heather Pinnock, Gabriela Carias-Green, Krista Harvey, and Kristen Smith
2008 - CUSTOMS
2007 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2006 - INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS/WTO
Kim Frankena, Rebecca Woodings, and Tamuria Gabilaia
2005 - SPECIAL EVENTS
Christine LoCascio, Fiona Simpkens, Edyta Malinowski, and Maria Abrantes

 

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.

2018 - DANA STEPNOWSKY
Wiggin and Dana LLP 
2018 - NICOLE PODESTA
International Alliance for Responsible Drinking
2017 - COLLEEN LITKENHAUS
2016 - ROWAN DOUGHERTY
Rowan 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.
2015 - ALINA ZARR
Associate in Public Policy and External Affairs for Grant Thornton
2014 - JULIE PETERSON AND CARLENE HASTINGS
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.
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.  
2011 - PARVA FATTAHI
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. 
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. 
2008 - RUBEN SROUKHANIAN
2007 - EUGENIA LANKOVA ROSS
2006 - CATHERIN ROBINSON
2005 - LAURA TREJO
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. 
2004 - JENNIFER MULVENY
2003 - CHRISTINE HANNA
2002 - CHRISTINE BRISCOE
2001 - TINA HOWE
2000 - MARIANNE ALICONA
1999 - MARIA CAMERON
1998 - LIESE WRIGHT
1997 - JULIANNE O’DWYER
1996 - SHEREE STORM
1995 - KATHERINE SIMPSON
1995 - KELLY BROWN
1994 - JUDY BRADT
1993 - ROBIN LANIER
1992 - TRISH BABYAK
1991 - COLLEEN MORTON
1991 - EDRIE IRVINE
1990 - HELEN FREEMAN


Business Legacy

2018 - ORIT FRENKEL
2017 - CAROLYN BREHM
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. 


Government Service

2018 - SOPHIA LAFARGUE
Sophia Lafargue Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Greg Meeks (D-NY)
2017 - FLORIE LISER
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).

 

Emerging Leader

2018 - SHANTELL ISAAC
Shantell Isaac Vice President, Coalition of Services Industries Shantell Isaac joined the Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) as Vice President, where she helps lead CSI’s organizational, policy and strategy development, with a special focus in heading CSI’s work on financial services. Previously at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Shantell was part of the dynamic international policy team, assisting in the development and implementation of global policy and advocacy strategies for the life insurance, reinsurance and pensions industries. At ACLI, Shantell led engagement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), serving as member of the private sector advisory group to the formal U.S. Delegation. 
2017 - NATALIE KAMPHAUS
Natalie 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.


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