Hear from women leaders in International Trade and learn about trade concepts and new developments.
Suzanne Bullit - Senior Director of Trade, Nike
In this episode, Suzanne summarizes research she conducted while getting her masters degree from Loyola University. Suzanne recently completed a Master of jurisprudence in enterprise risk management and shares the results of her thesis research on the effects of export sanctions requirements on exporters as well as best practices for companies setting up an export compliance program. She shares her career advice for up and coming professionals and best practices for setting up a mentoring relationship.
Patricia Marseille - Director, Supply Chain Management
Ms. Patricia Marseille discusses her entry into the field of international trade and how she was able to transition between many different sectors such as micro-electronics, defense technology, oil & gas, textiles, and now consumer goods. She explains how a benchmarking activity early on in her career really gave her that broad understanding of compliance work and how company culture plays into the perception of the trade compliance role.
It is evident throughout this episode that she has a passion for leadership development. Her executive leadership coaching aims to ease career transition from “operations” to “managing” by developing key leadership skills. Find out more at her website: https://www.pmmarseille.com/
The membership in organizations discussed in the episode can help build or expand a career and can be found at these websites:
- International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA): https://www.icpainc.org/
- The Society for International Affairs (SIA) https://siaed.org/
Join. us for a trade compliance networking event sponsored by the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) St. Louis chapter! Find out more and sign up for the notifications HERE
Executive Assistant Commissioner at CBP - Brenda Smith
In this episode, the Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Brenda Smith, shares her insight on the field of international trade. In welcoming the next generation of trade professionals, she says, "Come on in the water's fine!" Listen in as she shares her advice for choosing a career path and for creating mentor/mentee relationships.
Information on the Executive Assistant Commissioner role can be found here: https://www.cbp.gov/about/leadership-organization/executive-assistant-commissioners-offices
Brenda Smith is the Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Since 2014, Ms. Smith has overseen a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation matters to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. Her work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws, to overseeing 14 trade agreements with 20 countries, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues. She oversees national compliance audits and the management of trade data,along with CBP’s regulatory process for administering trade and border operations.
Darie Achstein - Trade compliance in technology
Darie Achstein has many years of experience in industries such as textile, wine, and medical devices but her primary focus has been in the technology field. She describes compliance as an “insurance plan” to help goods get to where they need to go. In this episode, she shares her insight about building a trade compliance career, why it is such a dynamic career path, and how it has changed in the last 5 years. Listen in to hear some great stories and lessons she has learned along the way.
Maria Åsenius - Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner of Trade
Maria (Mia) Åsenius talks about the highlights of her 5 years as the Head of Cabinet for Cecilia Malmström (EU Commissioner of Trade). She discusses the "Trade for All" initiative and how it helped to guide the negotiations of the bilateral agreements negotiated under their administration: EU - Singapore (re-visited and split into FTA an investment agreement), EU - Vietnam, EU - Japan, EU - Canada (CETA), and EU -MERCOSUR (concluded but not ratified).
Maria discusses what goes into negotiating these agreements and why Commissioner Malmström has been so successful in doing so. Other topics include the WTO dispute settlement body, geographical indicators, and the future of EU trade.
Amy Morgan - Chief Product Officer and Innovator