Letter from the President

To the WIIT Community (Current AND Future Members),

Thank you for the privilege to serve as your President for 2018-2019.  WIIT has been a long-standing and valuable component of my career and relationships here in Washington and I am honored to be elected.

WIIT is a professional networking association, but it’s so much more than that.  WIIT is an active community of engaged women (and men!) at all stages of careers and life.   Our organization is a shared space of friends and colleagues who actively work together to promote trade and each other.

That type of cooperative, collaborative environment has never been more important.   The long-standing rules of trade are being challenged, and that is a good thing.  It’s timely for us to question standard practice and be more creative.   It’s helpful for us to revisit the principles of trade and re-establish the type of broad public support that encourages further liberalization while addressing real challenges, such as unfair trade practices, need for skilled workforce development and recommitment to global value chains.

WIIT provides this environment – where volunteers from our 16 program committees come together to address the most topical issues and to provide education and engagement opportunities for all our members.  WIIT is a volunteer organization, we work because everyone works.  We welcome ideas, engagement, commitment, and willingness to help build or staff a program.  If you want to be more involved, we welcome your participation.

WIIT’s mandate is to promote trade and develop women.   We focus our programming on the types of life lessons that make us better colleagues, but ultimately better people.  Mentoring programs, professional development, life lessons so that we can share experiences on the basics of being successful in DC – these are all opportunities and discussions you can find in the highlights of our WIIT weekly, and in networking with WIIT members.

Our year will be busy but we look forward to making it interesting and fun!   WIIT hosts three signature events every year:

  • December 2018 – Holiday reception – a fundraiser for the WIIT Trust to raise money to support scholarships for women who study trade.   This event includes a unique silent auction, offering intriguing items from around the DC world, and often around the globe from our embassy contributors.  Holiday shopping maybe?
  • March 2019 – International Women’s Day – a signature event to celebrate and recognize key women leaders in DC and around the world.  This marquee event will include a lively discussion and opportunity to network and engage with WIIT members.
  • Spring 2019 – Annual Dinner – this event gives us an opportunity to recognize our own, women who inspire us every day.
I hope that you will consider attending these events and actively engaging as a member of WIIT.  Not a member?  Please consider joining.  We offer a range of levels – from corporate to government to student.  We want this to be a welcoming shared space.

Given everything that is going on in trade, the need for constructive engagement and exchange is more important than ever, and I’m counting on your involvement.  Challenging times are among the most interesting, creating opportunities and inspiring creative approaches to support a world that promotes trade liberalization and women’s empowerment.   I am honored to serve as your President, and look forward to working with you.
Lisa Schroeter | WIIT President
Global Director of Trade & Investment Policy
The Dow Chemical Company

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