OWIT International is the global umbrella organization for chapters independently established in a specific geographic region. OWIT Chapters are formed, governed, and operated at the local level. OWIT Chapters host programs and events enabling their members to learn, network and forge professional relationships in their business communities. Once you are a member of the local chapter, you will automatically be a member of OWIT International’s global network, which is comprised of over 2,000 individual members in chapters located throughout the world. This dynamic structure enables OWIT members to take advantage of member benefits both locally and globally all for the cost of the local chapter’s dues.
Learn more about chapters near you and access the chapters’ websites and membership pages by clicking the globes below. Be sure to register your chapter membership in OWIT International’s Membership Directory in order to access all of OWIT International’s benefits.
“Co-hosting webinars and in-person export symposiums with OWIT chapters has widened my reach to minority women-owned businesses (MWOBs). OWIT staff are easy to collaborate with because we have the same goal: providing resources for MWOBs to scale globally.”
LaTaunya Darden, OWIT International Partner, Business Development Specialist, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM)
“Joining OWIT International can lead to higher profits and build wealth for you and your company.”
Cami Mazard, President, OWIT International, Partner, Doyle Barlow & Mazard
“Connecting with like-minded women from around the world who are also passionate about trade is what I love most about OWIT. It has expanded my global network, helped me tap into new business opportunities….and even turned international contacts into amazing friendships! That’s what has kept me part of it for 20 years.”
Susan Baka, VP International, OWIT Toronto, 2018 OWIT Woman of the Year, President, Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.
“Attending the OWIT International Conference in Tampa, Florida the past three days was both inspiring and intense. GroYourBiz is pleased to continue our partnership with the OWIT organization. The synergy between our organizations continues in many ways from members sharing our core values and expertise to mentor and provide meaningful ways to assist WBOs from all sectors to grow their business. So exciting to share our vision.”
Barbara Mowat, OWIT International Partner, President, GroYourBiz Ltd.
“Being part of the Tampa Bay chapter of OWIT for the past year has been an empowering and eye-opening experience. As a young professional new to the world of global trade, I have found the support and knowledge I need to pave my own path. It’s a wonderful feeling to know I have not only my own chapter, but these fellow members around the world by my side as I learn and grow in my career.”
Madison Lawson, VP Membership, OWIT Tampa Bay, International Business Manager, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.
“OWIT taught me to push myself professionally by giving the opportunity to challenge what I thought I was capable of. The guidance and support I get from these ladies is paramount — not only for professional development but also personal growth.”
Maggie Henkin, Representative to OWIT International Board from Washington, DC Chapter , Manager, Public Advocacy, CompTIA
“I can remember starting my career in a strange town and wondering whether and how I could succeed when I found a brochure about OWIT. What I didn’t know then but know now is that joining this organization would not only be a huge step forward in my career but also a lifetime of mentoring, partnerships and friendship that has truly enriched my world. OWIT’s global network truly supports its members and provides an opportunity for growth no matter where one stands in their professional journey.”
Angela Marshall Hofmann, Past President, OWIT International , President, World Strategies, LLC.
“I am glad to have found OWIT. It has presented a great networking platform for me as a woman in international trade. I have interacted with other women in business from all over the world attending the 2019 OWIT International Conference in Tampa, Florida. The women have shared new ideas and experiences being in trade. I can only hang on in anticipation. The future looks really bright!!! Honored to have been one of the speakers representing Africa.”
Sabina Njonjo, OWIT Nairobi, Proprietor, Heel to Toe
OWIT has had a tremendous positive influence on both my professional and personal life. Over 17 years and during my interactions with 4 different chapters, my involvement with OWIT has led to at least one new job, significant board of director experience, several useful insights related to my profession in trade finance, and innumerable friends and business contacts.
Kollyn D. Kanz, Virtual Chapter Member, VP at U.S. Bank
VOLUNTEERING FOR OWIT BENEFITS CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Leslie August, Chair, Board of Directors, OWIT Northern California, says the greatest benefit of volunteering for OWIT is the opportunity to engage with a strong team of women who can help you develop leadership skills and advance your career development.
WHAT CAN OWIT DO FOR ME- DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER TRADE OR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK?
Evelyn Suarez interviews OWIT International Past Presidents Karen Bland and Angela Marshall Hofmann. It started out as a professional network and became a lifetime of friendship!
WHAT DOES OWIT MEAN TO US?
Monica Podgorny (OWIT Ottawa), Catherine Busot (OWIT-South Florida) and Christyna Doege (OWIT Tampa) discuss how they started with OWIT and why OWIT is important to them.