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Productive Conflict™ How Women Leaders Can Navigate Conflict Productively to Discover Innovative Solutions for Their Companies, Teams, and Themselves

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VAT REFUNDS & ATA CARNETS MINIMIZE YOUR TAX LIABILITY AND IMPORT DUTIES ON INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS

Our OWIT Small Business Sponsors will demystify VAT refunds and ATA carnets. Plan, prepare for VAT refunds, VAT & eCommerce, temporary Shipments, usage of ATA carnet, a merchandise passport and all it does to save time, money, duty and taxes. Importers and exporters, don’t miss out on this great informative opportunity!   Know Before You Go:

  • Planning & Preparing for VAT Refunds
  • VAT Should Not Be A Cost
  • Intricacies of VAT & eCommerce
  • Temporary Shipments of Trade Show & Demo Equipment, Samples and Testing Tools Are Not
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  • Reduce Customs Clearance Hassles Using The Merchandise Passport, an ATA Carnet
  • Save Time Clearing Customs with an ATA Carnet – No Broker Required
  • Save Money by Avoiding Import Duty and Tax

Panelists: Leslie August & Britta Eriksson

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Pirates of the Trade

Our Speakers will share some funny and some horror stories, with pitfalls to avoid in International Trade!

Panelists: Olga Torres, Evelyn I. Suero, Samantha Peaslee, Moderated by:  Suely Piraino Argianas

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Nafta:Rebuilding and Renegotiating

The fourth round of the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded on October 17. Negotiations have progressed in chapters such as competition, customs and trade facilitation, digital trade, regulatory practices, and certain sectional annexes. With a long gap before the fifth round on November 17, OWIT International is taking some time to discuss how the rounds have gone up to this point and what we can expect from the upcoming rounds.

Panelists: Mary Estelle Ryckman, Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Karen Antebi, Moderated by: Angela Hofmann

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Leave No One Behind: A Discussion on Women's Economic Empowerment

Join us for an OWIT members-exclusive professional development seminar with Ms. Simona Scarpaleggia, Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Ms.Scarpaleggia is also the CEO of IKEA Switzerland which, under her leadership, has joined the International Gender Champions Initiative.   "I firmly believe that there is a huge potential that could be unlocked simply by valuing and empowering women. The energy, the power and creativity of women is badly needed-not only to make this world a better place, but to enable it to survive in the years to come." Simona Scarpaleggia.   Ms. Scarpaleggia will discuss key takeaways and her involvement with the first-ever UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Our OWIT moderators will facilitate the open question and answer session following her presentation. We invite all OWIT members to attend this free, members- only event.

Panelist: Simona Scarpaleggia, Moderated by: Andrea Ewart and Violette Ruppanner

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Doing Business in the United States

For many small businesses throughout the world, global enterprise is difficult to access. We at OWIT International encourage small businesses to engage in international trade and aim to connect small businesses to each other in order to foster this trade. Join us to discuss how to do business in the USA, including how to create subsidiaries, contract considerations, taxes, investment options, visas and general tips for small business owners.

Panelists: Deirdre D. Nero, Eric P. Gros-Dubois, Moderated by: Suely Piraino Argianas

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Supply Chain Trends of 2017

At the end of 2016, Forbes published an article by Steve Banker identifying supply chain trends to follow in 2017. Now, halfway through 2017, OWIT International’s supply chain experts will discuss some of these trends, including Donald Trump and the “Made in America” supply chain, how e-commerce is or is not reshaping the face of logistics, and automation reducing logistics employees. Join us as we discuss which of these trends are coming to pass, how they are likely to affect trade and business, and what to do about them.

Panelists: Anna Colavitti, Romaine Seguin, Moderated by: Jennifer Diaz

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Brexit: Status and Implications for UK Trade Partners

In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While the actual “exit” has yet to happen, the effects on the United Kingdom and its trading partners has already been seen. The impact on UK-EU Trade has already been very real and will be more important to understand if Brexit continues. This webinar will discuss this historic decision, what to expect next, and the legal and policy issues Brexit raises for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UK’s non-European trading partners. JUNG-UI SUL is an associate solicitor with the UK office of Sidley Austin LLP where she advises corporate, government and non-profit clients on international trade and environmental law matters, with a focus on the EU and the WTO. Jung-Ui will speak on Brexit and trade from the perspective of EU law, in particular the EU’s main models of trade (Single Market, Customs Union, FTAs, etc) and anticipated impact of Brexit on UK trade with the EU and more broadly on world supply chains (cars, garments, medicines, and sugar).

ANDREA EWART is an international trade attorney and owner/founder of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC which focuses on the trade issues that impact governments and companies in developing counties and emerging markets. Andrea is also the current President of OWIT International. Andrea will discuss the implications of Brexit on African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, including  historical ties between Britain and African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries, UK-ACP trading arrangements & impact of Brexit, and some possible ways forward for post-Brexit UK-ACP trading arrangements.

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Why Trade Matters

With anti-trade rhetoric on the rise and the re-evaluation of major trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA, many are questioning the importance of trade. Join OWIT International in this Webinar to hear why trade still matters, from noted speakers Jean-Pierre Lehmann and Marion Jansen. Continue the conversation! For one week after the webinar, please join us on OWIT International’s LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/56895) to continue to ask questions to Professor Lehmann and Doctor Jansen about Why Trade Matters and engage with fellow OWIT Members around the world. To view the Webinar after the airing, please visit our LinkedIn site to purchase the Webinar.

Special Guest Speakers: Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Marion Jansen.

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TRADE, TAX & BEYOND: NAVIGATING THE 2017 U.S. AGENDA

Within his first two weeks in office, President Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and launched talks to re-negotiate NAFTA. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress is considering corporate tax reform with a controversial Border Adjustment Tax provision that could potentially impact importers Please join OWIT International for this special international trade talk webinar program where our experts will discuss what these measures mean, possible implications for supply chains, considerations for importers.

Panelists: Nicole Bivens Collinson, Dawn Levy O'Donnell, Rachelle B. Bernstein, Moderated by: Angela Marshall Hofmann

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“The NEW SheTrades Web & Mobile Application: Connecting One Million Women Entrepreneurs“

“SheTrades is an initiative to connect one million women to markets by 2020. The SheTrades web and mobile application provides women entrepreneurs across the world a unique platform. At SheTrades, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalise.”

Learn how the SheTrades application platform is connecting women’s business enterprises to buyers, plus how you can benefit from using this tool!

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Doing Business in Africa: Discovering a Region Rich in Opportunity

“U.S. companies, both large and small, are increasingly “going global” given that the majority of the world’s consumers are located outside the United States, U.S. exports tend to yield greater profit margins, and exporting enables companies to diversify their sales markets and reduce economic risks. Greater access to government financing opportunities, an increased ability to sell via the internet, and the growing number of Free Trade Agreements have made entry into foreign markets easier than ever before. Africa falls squarely in line with other countries and regions around that world that offer significant opportunities and advantages for U.S. firms; however, Africa is often passed over or merely overlooked by many U.S. companies—a mistake that their foreign competitors in Europe and China do not often make.”

Special Guest Speakers: Leland Clegg, Sheila Kariuki, Frida A. Owinga

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How To Do Successful Business in Brazil

“With 3,290,000 square miles, bordering 10 other countries and with 4,650 miles of coastline, Brazil is the largest in Latin America and, also the largest economy. Brazil’s population of 202 million is the fifth largest in the world, representing nearly 3 percent of global consumers. As a BRICS member country, Brazil has the highest per capita income of the BRICS, with more than half of its population defined as middle-class and is a leader among emerging markets. Brazil is considered by many multi-national companies as an essential market for truly global businesses!”

Special Guest Speaker: Miguel Ruiz

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Negotiating Southeast Asia: The Cultural Considerations for Successful Business in Southeast Asia

“Located at the center of the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN has a population of 626 million with an economy valued at $2.4 trillion. ASEAN is the second-fastest growing Asian economy (after China). It has grown by 300% since 2001 and has exceeded average global growth for the past 10 years. 67 million households in ASEAN states boast annual income that allows them to more than provide for their basic needs. These households have joined a class of global consumers. This could almost double to 125 million households by 2025. As such, ASEAN is and will continue to be an important consumer market.”

Special Guest Speaker: Mary Chen

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International Trade Compliance: The ABC’S of Customs Seizures - PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance!

In FY 2015, 28,865 seizures were for underlying Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations. The MSRP of the goods seized was $1,352,495,341! IPR enforcement is a priority trade initiative for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the detention and seizure process is a complicated one. If your merchandise is detained and/or seized, you have options. Learn exactly how you should respond from an expert in Customs and International Trade issues.

Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Diaz, Esq.

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Negotiating Latin America: Tips & Strategies for Successful Cross-Cultural Business in Latin Amercia

“More than half of the United States’ FTA partners are in Latin America. These 11 economies – Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru – all have a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and diversifying industries. The United States’ FTA partners in Latin America offer a unique combination of similar language and business cultures. In addition to low or zero tariff rates on merchandise, FTAs increase transparency, improve the business environment for services and government procurement, and reduce market access barriers in areas such as intellectual property rights, standards, and customs procedures. These countries also have made clear commitments to opening their markets and integrating supply chains with the United States.”

Special Guest Speaker: Julia Dahl, PhD.

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International Payments & Receivables: Getting Paid with a Global Export Credit Management Strategy

“Exporting means greater opportunities and greater profit potential but also entails greater risks. Although the environment for international trade has changed substantially over the years, the risks that all exporters face when selling their products and services in other countries essentially remain the same. How to manage export risk is a process of thinking systematically about all possible undesirable outcomes before they happen and then setting up procedures that will either avoid or minimize these risks in order to help you cope with their impact."

Special Guest Speakers: Melanie Carter and Andrea Ewart

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International Credit & Risk Mitigation 2.0: How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy for Your Global Growth & Success

“The environment of international business exposes a global company to many additional factors and risks with one standing above all the rest: Credit Risk. With accounts receivables being one of the most important assets of a business whether small, medium or large...a credit default by a foreign customer, could have detrimental effects, if not even be disastrous to the overall health and success of the business!”

Special Guest Speaker: Brett Tarnet

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The SheTrades Initiative: Connect One Million Women Entrepreneurs to Markets

“SheTrades is an initiative to connect one million women to markets by 2020. The SheTrades web and mobile application provides women entrepreneurs across the world a unique platform. At SheTrades, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalise."

Special Guest Speaker: Vanessa Erogbogbo

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Trade Facilitation & Trade Enforcement Act of 2015: Understanding & Navigating The New Legislation

“President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 into law on February 24, 2016. The Act is a culmination of negotiations on trade priorities and Customs procedures that have been discussed in Congress since last summer. President Obama was quick to sign the Act into law and has touted it as an important tool for U.S. intellectual property protection. It covers a wide range of topics from duty evasion to modernizing and streamlining procedures at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as well as changes to IP protection."

Special Guest Speaker: Jessica Libby

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Women & Minority Owned Businesses: How to Finance Your International Exports

“How to turn export-related inventory, works in progress, accounts receivables and expected cash flow into CASH and you can use TODAY. Expand your business’ access to financing by covering standby letters of credit which your business can use for performance or bid bonds. Lastly, tips, suggestions & strategies to help you grow your international sales, worldwide!”

Special Guest Speakers: Xiomara Creque-Bromberg and Andrea Ewart

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Cross-Cultural Communication: Strategies for Increased Success Negotiating Around the World

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, the importance of cultural adaptation and yet in an increasingly globalized world, the need for cross-cultural understanding has never been more essential to our success in life, both personally and professional. Why international business deals fail not so much because of external factors – economics, technology, and politics – but because of a lack of cultural understanding between the two sides. Why understanding cultural differences is more than knowing the typical list of “do’s and don’ts” concerning cultural taboos. What some of the most critical cultural differences are and how they are tied to issues of identity, authority, risk, achievement, time and communication styles. Key tips and strategies in how to apply these cultural differences so you can negotiate more successfully with your foreign customers around the world.”

Special Guest Speaker: Douglas Cohen

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Trade Talk on New IMO Requirements for Verified Container Weights

“The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted new regulations under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requiring shippers to provide a verified weight for every packed container as a condition for vessel loading. These new requirements, already a part of U.S. law, become effective worldwide on July 1, 2016. International trade will suffer if by that date shippers, carriers and terminal operators are unable to load packed containers onto ships because proper, verified container weights (VCW) have not been provided, transmitted, received and used per the SOLAS regulations.”

Special Guest Speakers: Lars Kjaer and Bruce Carlton

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Celebrating 25 Years of OWIT International

“The FREE webinar, ‘Celebrating 25 Years of OWIT: Past, Present & Future’ commemorates 25 years of OWIT with a panel of OWIT’s past and present leadership.”

Special Guest Speakers: Leann Hackman-Carty, Angela Marshall Hofmann, Karen Bland, Andrea Ewart, and Lilia Navarrete

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Access and Opportunities to the US Market for African Goods

“This webinar shares legal do's & don'ts for African products entering the US market on a duty-free basis using the African Growth & Opportunities Act, with a special focus on the proper entry of apparel goods.”

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Marketing Globally With Social Media

“Chamika Ailapperuma, a digital strategy consultant and entrepreneur, discusses how to successfully use social media cross-culturally to build and amplify digital presence, whether for your personal brand or your organizational brand.”

Special Guest Speakers: Chamika Ailapperuma

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The New Aerospace and Defense Industry Standards for Export Controls

“The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has released its first Trade Control Compliance Standard TCS001: document marking, storage, and electronic transmission of technical data. This webinar, delivered by the leaders who helped to write TCS001, teaches how to implement TCS001 into your management/quality system. KPMG and SXBTCI personnel (leaders of the AIA drafting team) discuss how this standard can assist organizations in assuring compliance throughout the supply chain. Quality and Compliance Managers can learn how to effectively implement this vital National Aerospace Standard with their management and quality systems.”

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WEConnect International in Africa Helping Women Entrepreneurs to Tap into the Global Supply Chain

“WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains by identifying, training, registering, and certifying women's business enterprises based outside of the United States that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International connects them with opportunities to access business relationships, training and education that will promote access to multinational corporate supply chains. This webinar will highlight the work of WEConnect International in Nigeria and South Africa and the opportunities that exist for women entrepreneurs through the WEConnect network.”

Special Guest Speakers: Liz Whitehead, Dr. Nathalie Chinje, and Comfort Sakoma

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Canadian Customs Valuation

“On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Laura Murray and Sabrina Bandali spoke about Canadian Customs Valuation Considerations for Non-Resident Importers. The topics covered were: Responsibilities of Non-Resident Importers Methods of Customs Valuation Importer's Burden of Proof and Best Practices for Record Keeping Establishing Lack of Influence in Related Party Transactions Post-Importation Compliance - Corrections, Refunds, and Treatment of Transfer Pricing Adjustments.”

Special Guest Speakers: Laura Murray and Sabrina Bandali

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