Vision and Mission
Established in 1989, the Organization of Women in International Trade International (OWIT) is a voluntary non-profit professional organization of women and men involved/interested in international trade and business. OWIT serves as the unifying body of a network of chapters spanning the globe in the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa. OWIT also supports a “Virtual Chapter” for individuals involved in international trade and business who do not have access to a local OWIT chapter where they reside or work. Membership in a local or the Virtual Chapter gives automatic access to the OWIT International network.
OWIT's values and philosophy embrace its mission statement:
United around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business. Its growing network continues to provide a collective forum to support education, to facilitate information exchange and to promote networking. In pursuing these goals, OWIT strives to provide a rewarding volunteer environment, to stay at the forefront of trade and technological developments, and to build partnerships and alliances with peer organizations and associations.
OWIT began in the mid-eighties with the independent development of the organization's founding chapters in several locations across the United States. Though developed with only minimal knowledge of each other, these local groups held similar goals of advancing career and trade opportunities. OWIT was officially established in 1989 when the organization held what would become its inaugural board meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The following year, OWIT organized its first national conference in Washington, D.C. and published its first membership directory. The organization had 12 US-based chapters at that time. Today, OWIT International has a growing number of chapters across North, South & Central America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. A Virtual Chapter exists for individuals who want to be involved with OWIT but do not yet have a local chapter nearby.
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