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.
 

2021 - CONGRESSWOMAN STEPHANIE MURPHY
2020 - No award presented
2019 - MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
2018 - THE HONORABLE KIM REYNOLDS
2017 - CECILIA MALMSTRÖM
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


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 met its obligations for number of events planned, communications released, or other efforts to raise the profile and goals of WIIT.

2021 - TRADE REMEDIES
Section Co-chairs Julia Eppard, Kristen Smith, Jing Zhu
2020 - WTO 
Section Co-chairs Moushami Joshi and Shahrzad Noorbaloochi
2019 - TRADE REMEDIES 
Section Co-chairs Jing Zhu and Grace Kim
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

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.

2021 - CAITLIN HICKEY
2020 - CARRIE GOODGE O'BRIEN
2019 - KATHI LUNARDI
2018 - DANA STEPNOWSKY 
2018 - NICOLE PODESTA 
2017 - COLLEEN LITKENHAUS
2016 - ROWAN DOUGHERTY 
2015 - ALINA ZARR 
2014 - JULIE PETERSON AND CARLENE HASTINGS
2013 - PEGGY CLARKE 
2012 - AMANDA RIGGS 
2011 - PARVA FATTAHI
2010 - CAROL BREWER 
2009 - PHYLLIS L. DERRICK 
2008 - RUBEN SROUKHANIAN 
2007 - EUGENIA LANKOVA ROSS
2006 - CATHERIN ROBINSON
2005 - LAURA TREJO

2004 - ELIZABETH R. NESBITT 
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

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.

2021 - JENNIFER HILLMAN
2020 - DOROTHY DWOSKIN
2019 - AMBASSADOR JUDITH REINKE
2018 - HOLLY VINEYARD
2017 - PHYLLIS DERRICK
2016 - PEGGY CLARKE
2015 - DR. MARIA LUISA ABRANTES
2014 - CAMI MAZARD
2013 - ELIZABETH R. NESBITT 
2012 - NICOLE BIVENS COLLINSON 
2011 - AMANDA DEBUSK 
2011 - BARBARA WANNER 
2010 - SUSAN M. SCHMIDT 
2009 - ALICE SLAYTON CLARK 
2008 - JULIA K. HUGHES 
2007 - MARY LOU EGAN
2006 - BARBARA LINNEY 
2005 - MARY ALEXANDER


Government Service Award

The award recipient should be an individual who has dedicated their public service career for any government to advancing to the interests of international trade and commerce. 


2021 - BRENDA BROCKMAN SMITH
2020 - SHARON BOMER LAURITSEN 
2019 - KELLY ANN SHAW 
2018 - SOPHIA LAFARGUE 
2017 - FLORIE LISER
 



Business Legacy Award

The award recipient should be an individual who has worked with distinction in international trade for 30 years or more and who has inspired or mentored women’s careers in trade and commerce. 


2021 - ROSA WHITAKER
2020 - NANCY MCLERNON

2019 - KATE CLEMANS & DORAL COOPER
2018 - ORIT FRENKEL
2017 - CAROLYN BREHM

Emerging Leader Award

The award recipient should be an early to mid-career individual who has worked in international trade who has distinguished themselves as a rising leader and mentor and exhibited potential for increased contributions to women in international trade. 

2021 - CHYNNA HAWES AND KIM YAEGER
2020 - TERRA SABAG
2019 - HEMAL SHAH
2018 - SHANTELL ISAAC 
2017 - NATALIE KAMPHAUS
 




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