Letter from the President
My name is Emily Beline and I am honored to serve as the WIIT President for the 2021-2022 term.
Looking back, 2020 was a challenging year for everyone.
It was scary, confusing, and for many, isolating. We had to learn together how to effectively and efficiently work from home, while balancing competing obligations –family, kids, pets, self. I know that I often turned to my family and friends for comfort and a friendly face. And many of those faces were actually women from WIIT. I’m definitely happy to have this personal and professional anxiety somewhat behind me. I hope you managed as best you could too.
And during a time when we all needed something, sometimes anything, to ground us, WIIT actually thrived in 2020. Our all-volunteer-run organization was nimble and quickly pivoted to organize and produce a record number of virtual educational events, professional development seminars, and networking opportunities. As a customs and trade law attorney working in DC for over 10 years, inside the government and now in the private sector, I have consistently relied on WIIT to provide in-depth analysis on important trade issues in the news and to provide insight from women I respect on how best I could emulate their careers. 2020 was no different in that respect.
The incredible women who work every day to make WIIT better and stronger donated countless hours while balancing all of life’s challenges – and WIIT in 2021 is stronger for it.
Looking ahead, as we are emerging from the pandemic on a trajectory towards recovery, I am excited to capitalize on a combination of doing what we have always done best – mentoring women in all aspects and phases of their careers in trade, produce and promote quality educational programming, and providing valuable networking opportunities – and recognizing the fundamental changes in our society that come from working in a mostly virtual environment.
I have twin goals for my presidency: empowerment of our leadership and members to be the best they can be for themselves and the organization, and efficiency in our processes to strengthen the organization and continue working for the benefit of its members.
I look forward to working to the best of my ability to making the organization even stronger.
To WIIT Members, thank you for your support over the last year. To visitors, please consider joining WIIT and taking advantage of all it has to offer!