PRESS RELEASE | May 14, 2019

WIIT Previews Awardees for Significant Achievements in Trade

Honorees Include Canada’s Minister Chrystia Freeland

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) is honored to preview the incredible awardees who will be recognized for their extraordinary leadership on trade at WIIT’s annual dinner, to be held June 12th at the National Press Club.

“WIIT is honored to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of so many women in advancing the value and opportunity of international trade around the world,” commented WIIT President Lisa Schroeter.  “Each of these women has made valuable contributions in their respective fields, not only to promoting trade liberalization, but to ensuring that the benefits of trade are recognized and shared across communities.  Most importantly, each of these women has made tremendous progress supporting women’s economic empowerment, through trade and through their own example as global role models.”

As WIIT Woman of the Year, Minister Freeland is being honored for her comprehensive efforts to promote progressive leadership in the global economy.  The Minister’s efforts to conclude a wide range of high standard trade agreements (USMCA, CPTPP, CETA, etc.) as well as her tireless support for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and human rights for all peoples made Minister Freeland the unique and unanimous choice of WIIT’s leadership for this signature award.

Awards recipients include:
  • “Woman of the Year” awardee Chrystia Freeland, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Canada
  • “Business Legacy” awardees Doral Cooper and Kate Clemans, C&M International
  • “Government Service” awardee Kelly Ann Shaw, National Economic Council, National Security Council
  • “Emerging Leader” awardee Hemal Shah, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • “Lifetime Achievement” awardee Ambassador Judy Reinke, U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro
  • “WIIT Program Section of the Year” awardees Jing Zhu and Grace Kim, Trade Remedies Program Section
  • “WIIT Member of the Year” awardee Kathi Lunardi, WIIT Charitable Trust Chair

PRESS RELEASE | May 16, 2018

New President and Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. - The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) announced its new leadership for the 2018-2019 term.  WIIT's newly elected President is Lisa Schroeter, Global Director of Trade & Investment Policy, The Dow Chemical Company.  

"I am honored and privileged to lead WIIT as we continue our over thirty years' work to promote trade and especially women's role in driving progressive trade policy," commented Schroeter.  "WIIT is a dynamic and influential organization focused on supporting development for women at all stages of their career, building life skills and serving as a dynamic and vocal community in support of trade liberalization.  There has never been a more crucial time to speak up on behalf of progressive and constructive trade policies that will deliver economic growth globally, advancing the interests of American companies, workers, and small businesses."

Schroeter is responsible for managing global trade policy and engagement for the Dow Chemical company.  In that role, she is responsible for driving the corporate agenda and advocacy strategy relative to trade negotiations, risk assessment for key foreign investment projects and advancing Dow's commercial interests especially in emerging countries.  Prior to joining Dow, Lisa was the Executive Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), responsible for coordinating and advancing an EU-US CEO common agenda in support of trade liberalization.  

"I am excited to work with the women of WIIT in driving programming and discussions on key trade issues, but also in advancing the personal and professional development of our members, at all stages of their careers.  I am dedicated to driving increased advocacy and engagement from our members as we advance WIIT's 30 years of heritage on trade education and professional development.  

WIIT also announced its new Board of Directors.  Click here to view them on the WIIT website.  

PRESS RELEASE | May 16, 2018

WIIT Announces Awardees for Significant Achievements in Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a dinner at the National Press Club, The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) presented its annual awards celebrating extraordinary leadership in trade.  "WIIT is honored to celebrate these women for their outstanding contributions and leadership in advancing international trade," said WIIT President Leslie Griffin.  "We are pleased to recognize women from across our trade community for their efforts to highlight the positive impact of trade on our economy, workforce, and global competitiveness."

Awards recipients include:
  • Woman of the Year awardee, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Business Legacy awardee, Orit Frenkel, Founder and President, Frenkel Strategies
  • Government Service awardee, Sophia Lafargue, Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Greg Meeks (D-NY)
  • Emerging Leader awardee, Shantell Isaac, Vice President, Coalition of Services Industries
WIIT also announced its member award recipients, who make an invaluable contribution in fulfilling the mission of WIIT, which is to promote trade and to promote women.  

Member award recipients include:
  • Lifetime Achievement awardee, Holly Vineyard, Department of Commerce
  • Outstanding Member of the Year awardees, Nicole Podesta, International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, and Dana Stepnowsky, Wiggin and Dana, LLP
  • WIIT Outstanding Programming Section of the Year:  Customs, Logistics & Transportation Section Co-chairs Kristen Smith, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and Susan Zimmerman, UPS
WIIT's mission is to promote the professional advancement of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development.  WIIT does this through:  professional development opportunities, educational offerings and social activities for professional networking.  

For media inquiries, please contact Mary Simpkins in WIIT's management office at



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