ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Supporting the advancement of women
in international trade and business
Welcome to the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT),
a non-profit, professional organization that supports the advancement of women
in international trade and business by providing networking and educational opportunities.
OWIT South Florida is one of 40 chapters of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). Established in 1989, OWIT is a voluntary, non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women by providing networking and educational opportunities. 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.
United around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business. OWIT's 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 South Florida History
February, 1993 - Chapter Established as WIT-Miami
1995 - Hosted the 4th Annual OWIT World conference entitled, "Accessing the Americas and Beyond: Trade, Technology, and Culture”
1996 - Recipient of the Florida International Affairs Committee (FIAC) grant and Enterprise
1998 - Recipient of the Florida Caribbean Basin Trade Promotion grant
1999 - Led the first US Department of Commerce Certified OWIT trade mission to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
2001 - Established annual International Business Woman of the Year Awards (IBWOY) to recognize outstanding women in the South Florida business community for the role they play in enhancing international trade and business through their professional and community activities
2002 to 2006 - Organized six international conferences in South Florida, featuring speakers from the US and Latin American business communities and fostering the growth of regional trade and investment relationships
October, 2007 - Hosted the 16th Annual OWIT World conference entitled "Emerging Markets: The Road Ahead for Finance, Business, and Trade"
May, 2008 - Officially updated organization name to OWIT-South Florida to recognize the growing collaboration between Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
2011 - OWIT South Florida named the “Chapter of the Year” and its then President, Jennifer Diaz, received the “Member of the Year” award
October, 2015 - Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson declares October 23 "The Organization of Women in International Trade Day" via a proclamation.
To enhance the status and interest of women and men in the field of international trade through the establishment of a worldwide network of international business contacts.
To encourage and stimulate the exchange of views, ideas, and information concerning foreign commerce and international relations.
To establish educational programs, conventions, and other activities to promote the employment worldwide of women in international trade.
To promote professional growth, education, and leadership among women employed worldwide in foreign trade and commerce in both the public and private sectors.
OWIT - SOUTH FLORIDA
"Being introduced to OWIT has changed my life by creating so many opportunities for me. From the very first event I attended, I met a young business woman and instantly began an internship in a field that correlated with everything I was studying at my university. Shortly after, new opportunities continued flowing as I became immersed in a political campaign and supported an inspiring CEO into her elected position as commissioner. As a student who aspires to one day own her own international business, I am thankful and excited for everything OWIT has to offer." -Maya Louzado , Member
OWIT-South Florida is a local chapter of the national Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). Chapters are located in cities throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Membership is transferable to any chapter affiliation of OWIT throughout the world.
Networking - Forums for sharing your expertise, expressing your professional opinion, and building a reputation within the industry. Reciprocal member benefits when you visit any of the other 40 domestic and international OWIT chapters.
Education and Development - Practical training and educational programs designed to increase the skills of its members. Seminars on international policy, business, and trade by experts and leaders in their field.
Discounts - Educational meetings, events, and seminars at reduced member rates and first come attendance at limited seating events and co-sponsored events.
Volunteer - Members can volunteer on committees and be elected to serve as officers.
Resources - Access exclusive resources and information available to OWIT Members including access to member directory as well as exclusive sections of the www.owit.org, Organization of Women in International Trade, OWIT-South Florida's parent organization.
OWIT International Benefits - Click HERE for a review of additional complimentary membership benefits!
Get in touch with OWIT - South Florida to learn more about our work and find out how to become a member.
To learn more about OWIT around the world visit OWIT.org.
We are always interested in hearing your feedback to insure that OWIT is a valuable asset to you. Please leave a comment on your submitted inquiry.
OWIT - SOUTH FLORIDA
P.O. Box 141691
Coral Gables, FL 33114