WIIT invites members, non-members, women and men to our events. We offer a variety of professional development and networking opportunities. Please see this year's event recaps below.
January 23, 2020
January 29, 2020
February 12, 2020
February 20, 2020
February 24, 2020
February 25, 2020
March 4, 2020
Award-With thanks to Ketan Thacker, USISPF and Squire Patton Boggs for proposing, hosting, and organizing, WIIT members benefitted greatly from a mindfulness training session with Ishan Shivanand. Ishan kindly shared his own personal story, as well as a range of breathing and focus techniques that create calm in our stressed-out city. The session encouraged everyone to focus on the most meaningful things in life, and to pursue the mantras of “I deserve…” and “good things will happen to me”. For everyone who missed this great learning, or those that want to pursue further, Ishan has regular updated weekly sessions found on his social media at
On February 25, 2020, the Technology & Digital Economy program section of WIIT put on a Trade Talk on the WTO Digital Trade Negotiations with representatives from government and the private sector. Hosted by BSA | The Software Alliance, the off-the-record event drew an engaged crowd from government, business, civil society, and the press.
Following introductory comments by Sarah Skaluba, Policy Associate, BSA, the panel discussion was moderated by Eva Hampl, Senior Director, Investment, Trade and Financial Services, USCIB. The discussion featured Sam duPont, Director of ICT Services & Digital Trade, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Hera Abbasi, Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive, IBM, and Kaitlin Sighinolfi, Director, Tax & Trade, Siemens. Mr. duPont provided an overview of the status of the E-commerce negotiations taking place in Geneva, and Ms. Abbasi and Ms. Sighinolfi outlined the priorities in these negotiations from an industry perspective.
At the Art of Trade Diplomacy event, we were honored to have a round table discussion with Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro. She gave us her insights and career experience as a diplomat and we had a lively conversation on leadership, diplomacy and her advices on rising through the ranks of government. In addition, we were be proud to deliver Ambassador well-deserved WIIT Lifetime Leadership Award.
Award-winning photographer Lisa Damico as well as current and past presidents of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) shared their experience on how to elevate personal brand with WIIT members on February 20, 2020. Ms. Damico described a professional headshot as a secret weapon, especially in this social media era. In her opinion, a professional headshot is not only an introduction that sets the tone for the first impression but will also remind business contacts who you are.
Current WIIT President – Toyota’s Yuri Unno and Immediate Past WIIT President – Lisa Schroeter with Dow also shared their experience in elevating person brand, which closely relates to a company brand but has to be authentic as who you are. Moushami Joshi with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP moderated the discussion, and Jing Zhu with BakerHostetler LLP hosted the event, which was followed by a wine and cheese tasting.
On Wednesday February 12, 2020, Shahrzad Noorbaloochi, the Co-Chair of the WTO Section of WIIT, hosted a trade talk with acclaimed international trade lawyer, Nadiya Nychay, at the Washington, DC office of Dentons US LLP. At the talk, participants engaged in a lively discussion on the status of the WTO’s appellate process and the current interim appeals mechanism in place between the European Union and numerous other countries. Attendees got a chance to learn, enjoy lunch, and meet one another at this timely gathering. This event was kindly sponsored by Dentons.
UK Views on the Brexit, Trade Deal with the U.S., and Implications for Agriculture: A Roundtable with Ceri Morgan, UK Deputy Director for Global Trade
WIIT and the Washington Agricultural Roundtable hosted a well-attended panel discussion with the Ceri Morgan, UK Deputy Director for Global Trade Negotiations in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on January 19th at the British Embassy. Morgan provide insightful remarks on several key and timely issues. Morgan discussed the potential impacts of Brexit on the UK food and agriculture sector as the UK begins negotiations with the EU that will define the future of the relationship including through a free trade-agreement. Morgan also offered insights on the upcoming U.S.-UK trade negotiations which are expected to begin later this year. Morgan’s remarks were well timed—taking place the day after the Parliament voted to leave the EU effective January 31st. Morgan’s remarks and the following Q&A session was moderated by Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Senior Director for International Government Relations, Lorraine Riffle Hawley. Morgan was visiting the U.S. as a part of a multi-state visit designed to bolster U.S.-UK agriculture trade ties and to enhance bilateral partnership on efforts that can improve opportunities for farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture producers in both countries.