About WITA, the Washington International Trade Association The Washington International Trade Association (WITA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the nation’s capital for the…LEARN MORE
Kenneth I. Levinson Executive Director Ken Levinson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). WITA is Washington’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum…LEARN MORE
President Steve Lamar, American Apparel & Footwear Association Officers Vice President: Stephanie Lester, Gap, Inc. Treasurer: Donald Eiss, USTR Secretary: Sarah Thorn, WalMart Stores, Inc. Directors Craig Albright, BSA I The…LEARN MORE
WITF Overview Washington International Trade Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable non-profit educational organization which supports the educational activities of WITA. Incorporated in 1996, the Foundation has its own Board of Directors and operates…LEARN MORE
Engaging and Elevating the Next Generation of Trade Leaders YTP brings together young professionals in an interactive environment to build relationships and expertise in trade YTP targets young professionals, under…LEARN MORE
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The WITA website provides you access to upcoming and past events, membership information, sponsorship opportunities, America’s Trade Policy resources, and general information about WITA and the Foundation. For Frequently Asked Questions, please see below.
To register for a group membership go here: https://wita.org/memberships/ or go to the “Get Involved” page and select the membership level you would like. Follow the prompts to register for your group membership. Group Memberships are a great way to get you and your co-workers a membership at WITA. For $350, you can get a membership for up to 5 members, and for $500 you can get a membership for up to 10 co-workers. For $1,000, our Executive Level Membership is available, which includes 10 free passes and unlimited members. As part of all membership options, you will get a discount to all WITA events, meaning that an event you would normally pay $50 for would only be $30 as part of the membership. Your group also gets a limited amount of free passes to WITA events for the year that the membership is active.
You can become a sponsor here: https://wita.org/memberships/. Select which sponsor level you want to sign up for, click “select” at the bottom of the page, and fill out the information on the following page. Note: becoming a sponsor also entitles you to a group membership that corresponds to your sponsorship level.
You can register for events by going to the eventpage at wita.org. Once there, click the Eventbrite widget. This will take you to the Eventbrite page where you can purchase tickets. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a ticket invoice to the event. You can pay this invoice by check or over the phone (members only).
Email email@example.com with your name, organization, and the event you wish to use the free pass for. You can also call our office at 202-312-1600.
Go to the organizational homepage, www.wita.org. Scroll down and input your email under “Subscribe To Our Newsletter”. Check the boxes of the newsletters you want to subscribe to and then press the “Subscribe” button.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link and a description of the event. The event must go through an approval process, and you will be notified within 48 hours.
See this page for details on how to apply: https://wita.org/about/internships/
You can post a job by going here: https://wita.org/my-account/submit-job/ or going to the homepage and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Here, you will see the option to “Post Jobs on WITA”. Follow the prompts here to post your job.
Caterers and venues charge WITA per attendee, and the number of attendees must be confirmed 48 hours before an event. For this reason, any cancellation made less than 48 hours will not be refunded in order to cover the cost of the attendee.
– Your blog post, a maximum of 1500 words, will be reviewed by the WITA Board before it is published.
– Blog posts should be factually correct and link to referenced articles and sources of data relied upon or referenced in the proposed blog.
closely follow these guidelines for submission.
– The byline must belong to an individual, not a company. A short bio should accompany the blog post submission.
– The blog should be exclusive to America’s Trade Policy and WITA and should not have been posted anywhere else beforehand.
– The WITA board will have final say in the shape the piece takes. In the instance of extremely heavy edits by our committee, contributors will get one read-back after first edit.
– All other editing/copyediting decisions (including headlines, length, captions, etc.) will be made by WITA Board.
– All submissions must be sent to email@example.com, addressed to the WITA Board. If all requirements are met, the proposed blog will be promptly posted on the site. For any other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WITA Board of Directors currently has 20 members, each elected to a three year term, with 5 or 6 Directors’ terms expiring on June 30 of each year.
A vacancy occurs when a Director opts to not run for reelection, or when he/she resigns during his/her term.
Once there is an opening, a Nominating Committee is formed. Selection criteria that are considered by the Nominating Committee include, but are not limited to: length of time working in trade policy; profile in the trade policy community; ability to work with others across the political spectrum and regardless of their views on trade; professional networks to reach potential speakers; prior involvement with/support of WITA.
Once a candidate has been selected by the Nominating Committee, their choice is presented to the full Board for consideration and possible approval. If approved by the full Board, the Nominating Committee chair contacts the candidate to invite that person to join the WITA Board.
According to the WITA bylaws, the WITA Board may appoint a candidate to complete the remainder of the term, at which time the new Director may opt to seek reelection.
For vacancies in the normal cycle of elections, the Executive Director presents the slate of Directors nominated for a coming three year term to the Annual Meeting of the Members in June. Each WITA member present gets one vote, up or down, for the slate. Proxy votes may be submitted via email in the two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting of the Members.
The Executive Director maintains a list of persons who have expressed interest in serving on the WITA Board of Directors. If you would like to be added to this list for a 12 month period, please send an email to email@example.com and in the subject line write Board of Directors.
Board duties include but are not limited to: attending 5 out of 6 WITA Board meetings a year; taking a leading role in creating 3-4 trade policy programs a year; attendance & support of the WITA Annual Dinner; assistance in identifying and contacting speakers for WITA events; identifying key topics and trends in trade policy for events; assistance in publicizing events; and fiduciary duties in stewarding organizational resources, guiding the Executive Director as needed, and growing the organization.
Officers of the WITA Board serve one year terms. Officers are elected in January. Currently WITA has 4 officers, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Traditionally, one or two members of the WITA Board also serve on the WITF (Foundation) Board of Directors as liaison members.
By the Washington International Trade Foundation’s bylaws, the 9 members of the Foundation Board are appointed by the WITA Board. The Foundation has one officer — President, and 1 or 2 liaison members from the WITA Board among its members. Foundation Board members serve one year terms. Appointments or re-appointments are made at the January WITA Board meeting.