Being that International Women’s Day was celebrated this past weekend, it seemed like an appropriate occasion to shed some light on the efforts of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing them with networking and educational opportunities.
OWIT began in the mid-80s with the independent development of the organization’s founding chapters in several locations across the United States. Today, the organization is comprised of more than 3,000 members in a network of local chapters operating in the Americas, Europe, and Africa, in addition to a “virtual” chapter serving individuals around the world. OWIT chapters offer educational programs and other activities to promote the employment of women in international trade. They also provide a forum for their members to develop business opportunities, identify mentors, and to foster career growth and professional development.
The group recently celebrated the accomplishments of award winners for the previous year, selecting Alma Farias as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Ms. Farias is a senior international business consultant and the Ontario Representative for Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada, an organization that promotes trade between Canada and emerging economy countries. She is also part of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Consulting Network. Mrs. Farias specializes in assisting companies and organizations to develop new markets by identifying key business partners and projects in Canada and Emerging Economy countries. She provides customized assistance across a wide range of industries that includes auto parts, aerospace, manufacturing industry, telecommunications, agrifood, textile and consumer products among others.
On March 17, OWIT will be hosting a free webinar (open to non-members) in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to discuss: opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs to access and utilize SBA programs including capital, innovation, contracting, and counseling; how SBA has supported and empowered women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting and counseling; and new initiatives that impact women entrepreneurs. Click here for additional information and to register for this event
Find out more about becoming a member of this dynamic global network of international trade and business professionals by going here.