Upcoming event, WITA event

2018 WITA-GWU Intensive Trade Seminar

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM (US/Eastern)
GWU Elliott School of International Affairs | 1957 E St. NW | 7th Floor | Washington DC

Washington International Trade Association and the George Washington University International Trade and Investment Program
proudly present our two day
Intensive Trade Seminar 

The panels and speakers help attendees increase their professional knowledge base and broaden their network of contacts by learning the nuts and bolts of trade policy making directly from career trade policy professionals from across government, industry, and law.

Panel Topics & Speakers

Speakers are career trade policymakers from the US Government and Capitol Hill, the private sector, NGO’s, and other players in the trade policy arena. We carefully select speakers with years of experience on their given topic, as well as an ability to convey that experience clearly to students.

Seminar 1: The Congressional Role in Trade Policy-Making

  • Angela Ellard, International Trade Counsel & Staff Director, U.S. House Ways & Means Committee

Seminar II: Trade Responsibilities in the Executive Branch and the Interagency Process

  • Marideth Sandler, CEO and International Trade Advisor, Sandler Trade LLC

Seminar III: The Trade Law Toolbox: Trade Remedies

  • Stephen Claeys, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP; Former Trade Counsel, U.S. House Ways & Means Committee; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, International Trade Administration
  • Stacy J. Ettinger, Partner, K&L Gates; Former Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; Former Deputy Staff Director, Joint Economic Committee

Seminar IV: Numerical Soup: The Use of Trade Laws to Achieve Policy Objectives

  • Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)
  • Susan K. Ross, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Seminar V: NextGenTrade® – Digital Trade and Services: The Future of Trade in the 21st Century

  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
  • Christine Bliss, President, Coalition of Services Industries

Seminar VI: The Future of Multilateral Organizations

  • Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC); Former Deputy USTR; Former Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization
  • Ambassador Alan Larson, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP; Former Under Secretary of State for Economics and Assistant Secretary of State for Economics and Business Affairs; Former Ambassador to the OECD

Seminar VII: Update on the NAFTA (Re)Negotiation

  • Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Counsellor (Trade Policy), Embassy of Canada
  • Kellie Meiman Hock, Managing Partner, McLarty Associates

Seminar VIII: What’s the Problem with China? Addressing Issues in the US-China Trade Relationship

  • Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations, Sandler Travis & Rosenberg P.A.

Seminar IX: Impacts of a Trade War: A Look at the Data

  • Laura M. Baughman, President The Trade Partnership and Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC

Seminar X: Investment Reform, Export Controls, and Sanctions

  • Nova Daly, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein LLP; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security & Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Peter Lichtenbaum, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP; Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration

Seminar XI: Trade and Economic Development

  • Andrea M. Ewart, Esq., Founder, DevelopTradeLaw, LLC 
  • Additional Speaker TBA!

Seminar XII: Trade Theory with “The Trade Guys” of CSIS

  • William Reinsch, Senior Advisor at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP & Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Former Under Secretary for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Scott Miller, Senior Adviser, Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, Center for Strategic & International Studies

The WITA/GWU Intensive Trade Seminar brings current issues in trade policy to life.  Participants will interact with career trade professionals, pose questions directly to policy makers, and learn in depth about the ever-shifting trade landscape.


Who should attend

The two-day Intensive Trade Seminar is especially geared toward newly arrived embassy staff working on economic and trade issues. Others who will benefit include private sector guests overseeing government affairs, U.S. Government members wanting to brush up on their trade policy making, graduate students seeking a career in trade policy, others new to the trade policy field, and anyone serving the import/export community.

Due to space constraints, the Intensive Trade Seminar is not open to the press.


Dates and Venue

The Intensive Trade Seminar will be held Sept. 5-6 2018, at the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs.

Our classroom is the State Room and Lindner Commons, on the 7th Floor of the Elliott School building at 1957 E St. NW — across from the State Dept, and blocks from USTR, Commerce, and other key trade policy making agencies.

Lunch and Breakfast included!

Certificate of Achievement for attendees who complete the entire two-day seminar.