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OWITCon Tampa Bay

October 23 - 25, 2019 | Tampa Bay

Our Conference on October 24,2019, has been approved for 7 CCS/CES/MES credits from NCBFAA's NEI and 2.25 CEUs toward CGBP recertification from NASBITE International!

 ABOUT

 

  “I loved it!”

“Refreshing and I learned so much!”

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.”

“A great mix of professional education, networking, and empowerment”

“The speakers were amazing”

“The secret to being successful from a trading perspective is to have an indefatigable and an undying and unquenchable thirst for information and knowledge.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

“Women are

never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.”

“Being at OWITCon Nairobi was empowering.”

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

“The best protection any woman can have…

is courage.”

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

“Success breeds confidence.”

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S P E A K E R S

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Speaker - Strategy Coach -Workshop Leader, PSDNetwork, LLC

Dr. Patti Fletcher

Co-founder & Managing Partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group

Born Leaders: Genes, Luck or Hard Work? (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Karen L. Dee

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President, Lakeland Magic

Born Leaders: Genes, Luck or Hard Work? (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Shelly Wilkes

Director for International Trade Policy,
Government and Industry Affairs Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

Yuri Unno

News Anchor, WRMD - NBC Telemundo

Business Beyond Borders: Demystifying Trade with Europe and Latin America (Presented by OWIT South Florida)

Cristina Puig

​CMO & Co-Founder, Connect2Global

 

Business Beyond Borders: Demystifying Trade with Europe and Latin America (Presented by OWIT South Florida)

Carolina Rendeiro

Senior Director, McLarty Associates

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

Tami Overby

CEO, Heinemann Americas

 

Business Beyond Borders: Demystifying Trade with Europe and Latin America (Presented by OWIT South Florida)

Nadine Heubel

Executive Director for Middle East and Africa of the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

 

The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

Robyn Kessler

Founder of PassionProfit Ltd.

The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

Frida A. Owinga

Consul General of Canada in Miami

 

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

Susan Harper

Chief Operating Office, New America

 

Born Leaders: Genes, Luck or Hard Work?(Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew

President & CEO of Blissomo International Ltd.

 

The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

Blessing Irabor

Ministry of Trade and Investment and Technical Committee on Ecowas Trade Liberalization Scheme

The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

Zack Yohanna

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President, Diaz Trade Law and OWIT International

In Praise of OWIT Women of the Year: Retrospectives and Perspectives - (Presented by OWIT Toronto)

Jennifer Diaz

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

 

Vice President for Transit Business
Panama Canal Authority

Ilya de Marotta

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CEO, Mile High Fitness & Wellness

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway  (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Kim Farmer

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Senior Vice President Commercial,  Mosaic

Born Leaders: Genes, Luck or Hard Work? (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Corrine D. Ricard

President, Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.

In Praise of OWIT Women of the Year: Retrospectives and Perspectives - (Presented by OWIT Toronto)

Susan Baka

Managing Partner, Trade Partners

In Praise of OWIT Women of the Year: Retrospectives and Perspectives - (Presented by OWIT Toronto)

Alma Farias         

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COO, boomerang carnets

 

In Praise of OWIT Women of the Year: Retrospectives and Perspectives - (Presented by OWIT Toronto)

Leslie Levy August

President/CEO, Avalon Risk Management

 

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

Lisa Gelsomino

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Proprietor of Heel To Toe Limited

The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

Sabina Njonjo

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Manager for Public Advocacy, CompTIA

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

Maggie Henkin

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Partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP

 

Business Beyond Borders: Demystifying Trade with Europe and Latin America (Presented by OWIT South Florida)

Tiffany Comprés

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7 time Emmy Award Winning Journalist 

 

Master of Ceremonies

Lissette Campos

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CJR Leadership Strategies

 

Don't Just Survive - Thrive! (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

Carolyn J. Rivera

 

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 23

  • Tampa Business Day Tour (Includes Lunch)

    • 9:15 am, Pick up at Le Meriden Downtown Tampa

    • 9:30 am, Drop off at UT Lowth Entrepreneurship Center

    • 11:00 am, Tour at Lions Eye Institute in Ybor

    • 12:00 pm, Lunch at Columbia Restaurant 

    • 1:30 pm, Tour at Sofwerx in Ybor

    • 3:00 pm, Tour Sparkman Wharf & Water Street Tampa

    • 4:00 pm, End of Tour – Participants are encouraged to eat and drink at Sparkman Wharf, and take the free trolley back towards hotel
       

Thursday, October 24

  • #OWITConTampaBay - Year of the Woman! 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM                 Port Tampa Bay, PTB Cruise Terminal 3 – 815 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602

    • Conference topics:

      • In Praise of OWIT Women of the Year: Retrospectives and Perspectives (Presented by OWIT Toronto)

        • ​A dynamic and diverse panel of past OWIT International Women of the Year from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Africa share their OWIT journeys and insights on the global trade scene and where women are going from here. 
          Find out what OWIT did for them….and what they’re doing now. 
          Moderator: Jennifer Diaz, President, OWIT International
          - Joanne Mwangi, (2009 Winner) 
          - Alma Farias, (2013 Winner) 
          - Leslie August, (2017 Winner)
          - Susan Baka, (2018 Winner)

      • Business Beyond Borders: Demystifying Trade with Europe and Latin America (Presented by OWIT South Florida)

      • Reading the Tea Leaves: Trade in 2020 (Presented by WIIT DC)

      • Born Leaders: Genes, Luck or Hard Work? (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

      • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway  (Presented by OWIT Tampa Bay)

      • The African Trade Revolution (Presented by OWIT Nairobi)

  • Port Tour (*Subject to Weather) 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

  • Awards Dinner 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, October 25

  • OWIT Board Meeting. All are welcomed to attend! 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • No Host Dinner at Brio, 6:30 PM (RSVP to secretary@owit.org)

Saturday, October 26

  • OWIT International Executive Board Meeting (Closed)

  • No Host Dinner at Ulele, 7:00 PM

 

SPONSORS

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FAQ

When does the Early Bird Sale end?

  • Early Bird Sale ends September 6th at midnight
     

Will I need to rent a car to get back and forth from the hotel?

  • Only if you want to. A shuttle will be provided between the hotel and the Conference.
     

What are the hotels amenities, parking, location, and business services?

  • See a listing here

What is the address of the conference venue?

  • Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 6 - 1333 McKay Street, Tampa, FL 33602
     

(Out of country) Will I need a VISA?

  • A business visa allows the bearer to enter the host country and engage in business activities without joining that country’s labour market. For example, an individual may require a business visa if they are travelling to a country to do business with another company or if they are attending a business conference. The visitor typically must show that they are not receiving income from the country.