The Charleston Soirée
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Charleston Soirée

  • Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing (map)
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Charleston Women in International Trade Hosts The Annual Charleston Soirée


CWIT will honor Betsy Burton,

Principal, President of Holy City Solutions and Co-owner of Premier Logistics, 

as CWIT’s 2019 Woman of the Year


Betsy is currently the owner and President of Holy City Solutions, and co-owner of Premier Logistics in Charleston, SC.  A graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Accounting., she spent over ten years as a civil servant working primarily as an auditor for the US Army Audit Agency. Her operational audit experience included logistics, transportation, information management, training and medical support.

Upon moving to the Charleston area in 2003, she began working for Premier Logistics where she helped grow the company's revenue by 800%. In 2006, Betsy started Holy City Solutions for customers desiring a woman-owned business to provide supply chain and logistics services, consulting and logistics brokering support. Holy City accomplishes these service offerings through its network of logistics providers as well as its sister company relationship with Premier Logistics Solutions, which she owns with her husband.

Past recipients of this prestigious award include Adriane Malanos Belton, (Mercedes-Benz Vans), Jessica Sage (Carolina's Rigging & Crane and Charleston's Rigging & Marine Hardware, 2017), Anita Zucker (Chairwoman and CEO of The InterTech Group, 2016), Elizabeth "Liz" Brabham (Wando Trucking, 2015), Barbara Melvin (SC Ports Authority, 2014), Pam Zaresk (Maritime Association of SC, 2013), Christian MacIver (MeadWestvaco, 2012), and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (Clemson University Restoration Institute, 2011). 

Ms. Burton will be honored at CWIT's 17th annual meeting, the Charleston Soirée, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing.


There are several sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets may be purchased online for $75.00. Cocktails and networking will start at 6:00 pm and the dinner program will follow at 7:00 pm.

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January 2019 Luncheon
Jan
8
11:45 AM11:45

January 2019 Luncheon

Kick off 2019 with the Annual Port Update presented by CWIT's 2014 Woman of the Year, Barbara Melvin!

In her role as Chief Operating Officer of the SC State Ports Authority, she oversees terminal operations, Procurement, IT and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police, carrier sales, and cruise operations.

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November Field Trip - Half-Moon Outfitters Distribution Center
Nov
13
11:45 AM11:45

November Field Trip - Half-Moon Outfitters Distribution Center

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Join us for an exclusive tour of this busy local retail distribution hub! Half-Moon Outfitters is a fiercely independent regional chain of Outdoor Stores that serves South Carolina and eastern Georgia. Founded in downtown Charleston, Half-Moon thrives on a boutique selection of the best the Outdoor Industry has to offer. CWIT Members will get an exclusive inside look at the distribution center and logistics of how it gets products to market! 

Where: Park Circle / North Charleston area - Specific location details will be 

provided to registrants

Cost: $40 (boxed lunch included)

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September 2018 Luncheon
Sep
11
to Sep 12

September 2018 Luncheon

CWIT invites you to: Stephanie Mangini with Volvo Cars - Operating in a Global Environment


Stephanie joined Volvo Cars in August 2016 as the corporate communications manager, where she is the communications lead for Volvo Cars' first U.S.

manufacturing plant near Ridgeville, S.C. She is responsible for building
strong relationships between Volvo and its neighbors, managing internal
communications and local media relations. Her career in communications spans over 25 years in public and private sectors. 

 

Stephanie's CWIT presentation will focus on Volvo's operating in a global environment, including business challenges, advantages, and realities.

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May 2018 Luncheon
May
8
11:45 AM11:45

May 2018 Luncheon

Margie Hardwick, Ph.D., Human Resource Mgr at OOCL


With the boom in the Charleston economy, and the new spike of manufacturing, trade, and waterfront industry companies, job competition is high. From an employer’s perspective – it is important to get the “best of the best.” From the employee’s perspective – it is important to rise to the top of the stack. Margie will navigate the process, and provide members with valuable insights and strategies from both perspectives. Come learn, grow your career, and grow your company.

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16th Charleston Annual Soiree
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

16th Charleston Annual Soiree

16th Annual Soiree and Meeting, April 10, 2018


Please join us for an elegant evening at Founders Hall, celebrating our Woman of the Year and Scholarship Recipients as well as networking, cocktails (open bar) and appetizers which will be served on the back porch.

Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) would like to invite your company to raise its profile by investing in our organization – one of South Carolina’s most respected international trade groups – by sponsoring The Charleston Soirée, CWIT’s annual fundraising event. Through your sponsorship, CWIT is able to meet its goals to educate, train, mentor and network our workforce. As a result of our annual auction in 2017, CWIT will award $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees related to international trade – helping South Carolina’s industry secure the best and brightest young talent.

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March 2018 Luncheon
Mar
13
11:45 AM11:45

March 2018 Luncheon

  • Courtyard Marriott Historic District (map)
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Kevin Wood of Netrist Solutions presents Blockchain 101

Come listen to Kevin Wood with Netrist Solutions and learn all about Blockchain technology that big players in the supply chain industry are implementing to reduce costs and run more efficiently. The Blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value. One of the most famous of these is Bitcoin!

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January 2018 Luncheon
Jan
9
11:45 AM11:45

January 2018 Luncheon

Barbara Melvin, SVP, Operations and Terminals, SC Ports


We would like to welcome Barbara Melvin, our 2014 Woman of the Year to present a Port update, “Celebrating the Victories, While Staying Focused.”

In her role as SVP, Operations & Terminals, she oversees terminal operations, IT and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police, carrier sales, and cruise operations.

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CWIT’s 12th Annual Auction & Party
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

CWIT’s 12th Annual Auction & Party

CWIT’s 12th Annual Auction & Party @ Storehouse Row 10


CWIT’s annual fundraising auction & party is Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 to 9 pm, and once again will be a fabulous party with food trucks, open bar, live auction with auctioneer Dallas Matthews, and a DJ!

Register now!

We are actively seeking sponsorship and donations. Check out our auction items from last year!

Please contact our Auction Committee at annualevent@cwitsc.org, or any of the board members, if you have an item you would like to donate.

For sponsorship, please contact Tina Downey, memberatlarge@cwitsc.org.


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September 2017 Luncheon
Sep
27
11:45 AM11:45

September 2017 Luncheon

  • Courtyard Marriott Historic District (map)
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September 27 Meeting – Growing Minority and Women-owned Small Businesses


98% of export companies are small businesses. Don’t limit your business’ growth by not exporting.

We are excited to welcome Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, with the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), as our September speaker. Join us to learn how to finance exports and grow your business internationally. We will discuss how your business can: find foreign buyers and international partners, access capital to finance your export sales, and reduce risk with export credit insurance.

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June Field Trip
Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

June Field Trip

June Field Trip to Joint Base Charleston


CWIT is excited to announce a field trip to Joint Base Charleston on June 13, which will include an overview by United States Air Force Director of Operations, 14th Airlift Squadron
and C-17 pilot Major Kari Fleming, plus a tour a C-17.

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May 2017 Luncheon
May
23
11:45 AM11:45

May 2017 Luncheon

May 23 Meeting with Kathryn A. Moorehead

CWIT would like to extend a warm welcome to our May speaker, Kathryn A. Moorehead, Director of VAWA and Human Trafficking Programs, South Carolina Office of the Attorney General.

The trade industry is a susceptible avenue for human trafficking. Ever wonder how to spot human trafficking victims? Wondering how to best protect your business from being vulnerable to human trafficking?

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CWIT Annual Charleston Soirée
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

CWIT Annual Charleston Soirée

CWIT Hosts Annual Charleston Soirée, Honors Jessica Sage as Woman of the Year


Charleston Women in International Trade Hosts Annual Charleston Soirée
Will Honor Jessica Sage, Owner of Charleston’s Rigging and Marine Hardware, Inc., as CWIT’s 2017 Woman of the Year, and Award $10,000 in Scholarships

Our notable Woman of the Year, Jessica Sage, Co‐Owner and Chief Financial Officer for Charleston’s Rigging and Marine Hardware, Inc., providing industrial equipment, custom fabricated rigging and crane services to commercial, government and industrial customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. They currently operate in three locations, have 40 employees, and are aggressively expanding their business in the upstate, North Carolina and Georgia. Ms. Sage is a believer in professional development and has completed leadership courses through the City Chambers of Commerce in both Columbia and Charleston. She is currently active in the Women’s Presidents Organization, a prestigious group that provides training, resources and a wealth of professional support to women who are business owners with a minimum of 2 million product revenues. Ms. Sage is also very active in the Maritime Association of South Carolina and is currently serving on the board as Vice‐chair while on the steering committee for SC Waterfront Works, which will have its inaugural event this June.

Past recipients of this prestigious award include Anita Zucker (Chairwoman and CEO of The InterTech Group, 2016), Elizabeth “Liz” Brabham (Wando Trucking, 2015), Barbara Melvin (SC Ports Authority, 2014), Pam Zaresk (Maritime Association of SC, 2013), and Christian MacIver (MeadWestvaco, 2012).

Ms. Sage was born in Virginia and moved to Charleston with her parents and brother when she was young. She graduated from Wando High School, then attended Trident Technical College where she earned an Associate Degree in Science. She then attended the College of Charleston, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Soon after her graduation, she went to work for ArborGen, Inc. in a scale‐up laboratory. She is named on a patented process of harvesting plant embryos for large scale tree production. She also worked to expand the cold tolerance hardiness of Eucalyptus. Both of which are cutting‐edge biotechnical processes in use today.

In 2007, Ms. Sage left ArborGen, Inc. and went to work for Charleston’s Rigging ‐ her parents’ business. She took on various roles in the company including Human Resources, Office Manager and Payroll and she successfully managed the migration of various IT systems into a connected, cohesive platform. When it was time for her parents to retire, Ms. Sage and her brother bought the family business. Charleston’s Rigging customers include stevedores, bridge builders, export packaging and international manufacturing companies. She is currently the CFO and oversees the company’s financial and IT functions.

Ms. Sage describes the people that she works with as family and she and her business are both well respected by customers such as SCANA, McAllister Towing and SC Ports Authority. She is business savvy, professional, and gives excellent service to the entire supply chain; her warm and friendly demeanor make Jessica Sage an excellent role model for women in the community.

Our scholarship recipients are Lauren Pershouse who will be attending graduate school at University of South Carolina in July; Ashley Markow who attends the College of Charleston majoring in Business Administration with concentration in Global Logistics and Transportation; Brenna Jozwiak who is majoring in Supply Chain and Information Management at College of Charleston and graduating in May of this year; David Custer who is currently in high school and has been accepted to the University of South Carolina where he will major in International Business and Economics.

The award recipients will be honored at CWIT’s 15th annual meeting, the Charleston Soirée, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing.

There are several sponsorship opportunities or individual tickets can be purchased online for $75.00. Cocktails, networking, and live entertainment by The Purcells will start at 6:00 pm and the dinner program will follow at 7:00 pm ‐ catered by Cru Catering.

About Charleston Women in International Trade:
Founded in 2001 as a chapter of the International Organization of Women in International Trade, CWIT is a nonprofit professional organization. Our mission is to enhance the status of women who work in the field of international trade by presenting educational and networking events to benefit our common goals. Membership includes both women and men who share an interest in international trade and are professionals in finance, public relations, government, freight forwarding, international law, agriculture, sales and marketing, import/export, logistics, transportation and maritime industries.

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