Message from the Chair

June 19, 2017

Dear CWIT Members and Friends,

As our program year winds down, I’d like to thank our members and sponsors for your support as we seek to fulfill our mission:  to enhance the status of women working in trade-related fields while connecting professionals by offering monthly luncheon programs, networking opportunities, continuing education scholarships, academic scholarships and recognition for excellence.

We’ve had some amazing programs this year. To summarize:

  • September 2016 began with a presentation by Edna Sharpley, Int’l Global Trade Control Specialist Lead for Boeing South Carolina and Latin America Region.
  • Our October meeting was a panel with attorneys Belton Zeigler and Cameron Stoll as they discussed how the EU Privacy Shield and Brexit impact data regulation for U.S. companies and what they can do to prepare.
  • Our November field trip was a behind-the-scenes tour of the state of the art Wando Welch Terminal.
  • We kicked off January 2017 with a presentation by Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who discussed the newest addition to Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.
  • In February, we welcomed back Barbara Melvin, SVP, Operations and Terminals, SC Ports Authority for a Port Update.
  • In March, we welcomed John E. Cameron, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) and Executive Director, Charleston Branch Pilots Association.
  • In April, we held our Annual Meeting, the Charleston Soirée, where we honored Jessica Sage as our distinguished Woman of the Year and awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four students: Lauren Pershouse, University of South Carolina, Ashley Markow, College of Charleston, Brenna Jozwiak, College of Charleston and David Custer, University of South Carolina.
  • In May, Kathryn A. Moorehead, Director of VAWA and Human Trafficking Programs, South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, gave a presentation on how to spot human trafficking victims and how to best protect your business from being vulnerable to human trafficking.
  • In June, we wrapped up our program year with an exciting field trip to Joint Base Charleston, with an overview of the 14th Airlift Squadron by C-17 pilot Major Kari Fleming, Director of Operations. She also accompanied us on a tour of a C-17 plane. What an amazing day!

This summer, CWIT Board of Directors will be busy planning our next program year, starting in September.

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Stay cool, and we’ll see you in September!


English Purcell, Chairperson

Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT)