Past event, WITA event

Part 1: The Future of Trade, Business, Work and Politics in a 5G World

04/28/2017 at 9:00 AM (US/Eastern)
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004

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Featuring

Robert Moran, Brunswick Insight

Colin Bradford, Brookings

Elizabeth Vazquez, We Connect International

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal

Robert Moran leads Brunswick Insight, our global public opinion, market research and analytics function with research teams in New York, London, Washington, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Munich and Dallas. Brunswick Insight provides intelligence for market-moving decisions by combining experienced, data-driven counsel with an emphasis on rapid research and analysis. Brunswick Insight converts research into strategic advice for communications programmes and campaigns. Robert was previously President of StrategyOne’s US operations, Edelman’s strategic research consultancy. Prior to that, Robert was Vice President at Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates. He began his career at political polling giant Public Opinion Strategies. Robert is a Partner in the Washington office. He is a published thought leader and frequent speaker on trends in public opinion and market research and frequently writes on future forward subjects. He has lectured at the National War College in Washington and is a frequent contributor on Huffington Post.

Colin Bradford is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings. He is a specialist on global governance and the G20, and a leading catalyst for bringing experts into consultations with officials from host governments for the London, Toronto, Seoul, Cannes, Los Cabos, St. Petersburg, and Brisbane G20 Summits. He has edited Global Leadership in Transition (2010) and Global Governance Reform (2007), and contributed to The G20 Summit at Five (2014), Brookings Press books. As a government official, he was leader in the bringing about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1998 to 2004 he was Research Professor of Economics and International Relations and Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University. Between 1994 and 1998, Mr. Bradford was a presidential appointee in the Clinton administration serving as Chief Economist of the United States Agency for nternational Development where he was also the senior official in charge ofUS relations with other donors, playing a leadership role in developing the International Development Goals (IDGs) which were precursors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Bradford was Head of Research at the Development Centre of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Prior to serving with the OECD, he was the senior staff member for two years in charge of the international economic outlook work of the Strategic Planning Division of the World Bank. From 1978 to 1988, Dr. Bradford was Associate Director of the Yale Center for International Studies and taught international and development economics in the M.A. Program in International Relations, which he directed, and in the School of Management, where he was Associate Professor in the Practice of International Economics. Previously, he was for ten years in Washington as the first Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council, senior economist at the Inter-American Committee for the Alliance for Progress, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles (D-Fla) and director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks at the U.S. Treasury Department in the Carter administration. He is author of numerous articles on international economic policy and development issues and is editor of ten conference volumes on major international challenges. Colin Bradford received his B.A. degree in History from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Columbia University.

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 100 countries, including local support in 25 countries—Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.  Ms. Vazquez works with many corporate leaders, including WEConnect International members with over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power, such as: ABSA Group, Accenture, Access Bank, Act 1 Group, Adient, AIG, American Express, Anthem, Apple, Avis Budget, Bank of America, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cargill, Chesapeake Bay Candle, Chevron, Cisco, Citi, Coca-Cola, Cox Automotive, Cummins, Inc., Dell, Delta, Disney, Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, EDF Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Estee Lauder Companies, ExxonMobil Corporation, EY, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman-Sachs, Google, Grupo Boticario, Hilton, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, Marriott International, Mastercard, McCormick, Merck, MetLife, Micro Focus, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Gas and Electric, PepsiCo, Pinsent Masons, Pfizer, Praxair, Procter & Gamble, Roche, Royal Bank of Scotland, SAP, Sodexo, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TD Bank, TransCanada, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, Westpac Bank, the World Bank Group, Wyndham Destinations and Yanfeng Automotive. Ms. Vazquez sits on the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative’s International Advisory Council, the Procter & Gamble Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, and is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury Member for North America. She sits on the Board of Directors of Win-Win Strategies and is a W20 Representative to advance G20 commitments and a member of the B20. She also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and was honored by the Barrett Honors College as an Inspiring Alumni for making significant contributions in her career and community. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and is the recipient of the 2018 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award for outstanding graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the world. She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.

Kevin Turpin II is the president of National Journal. As the former senior vice president of National Journal, Turpin led the product development, strategy research, digital, and marketing teams. In this role, he oversaw product research, evaluated potential partnerships, and established operational infrastructure for the new product pipeline. For more than a decade working at National Journal, Turpin has produced successful proposals to increase profit margins, identified efficiencies in vendor relationships, and created new revenue lines for the organization. Turpin also built a strategic advisory group of 60 government affairs executives from Fortune 100 corporations and influential trade associations; resulting in the launch of National Journal’s Leadership Council. He is also responsible for the launch of Policy Brands Roundtable and the Network Science Initiative. He began his career gaining deep insights into the Washington media market and the needs of public policy professionals while serving in roles ranging from sales to manager of signature National Journal products such as The Hotline. A proud Hoya, Turpin is a graduate of Georgetown University.