14th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon!

World Trade Center Miami Launches New Trade Initiative at 14th annual International Women’s Day Luncheon

            MIAMI (March 8) – Romaine Seguin believes it’s vital for women to raise their voices together in support of international trade. “It is our responsibility to future generations to help build prosperous, sustainable communities through two-way trade,” said Seguin in announcing the World Trade Center Miami’s new “1,000 Women Strong Trade Initiative.”

 Speaking at the World Trade Center Miami’s 14th annual International Women’s Day Conference and Luncheon today at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Miami, Seguin said the goals of the new initiative include enhancing professional opportunities for South Florida women, as well as increasing the region’s two-way trade with the world and promoting Miami’s position as the “Trade and Logistics Capital of the Americas.”

 Charlotte Gallogly, president of the World Trade Center Miami (WTCM), said a record-setting 700-plus women and men attended the multifaceted event, which honored five women for their accomplishments:

 ·         Teresa Foxx, director and general manager, Barclays Miami office

·         Inmaculada Gutiérrez-Carrizo, Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Spain for the Southeast United States

·         Wendy E. Kallergis, president & CEO, The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

·         Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, Consul General, the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami

·         Alissa Peñaloza, planning, grants, and real estate development manager, PortMiami


The annual women’s day event included two professional development seminars.  Seguin, president, UPS Americas, moderated a panel discussion  on “How to Get Women on Corporate Boards,” with Jocelyn Carter-Miller, president, TechEdVentures and SoulTranSync; Lauren E. Smith, managing director-Miami Office, Diversified Search; and Claudia Grillo, COO, United Way Miami.

 Gallogly led an “Update on Critical Trade Advocacy Issues and How to Get Involved” with panelists Deborah Stern, member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.; Manny Mencia, SVP, International Trade Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.; and William Talbert, president, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

            Since 1975, the annual International Women’s Day celebration by the United Nations serves to focus attention on the issues facing women around the world, and highlights their achievements.  In 2004, the WTCM began to sponsor this annual event in order to recognize Florida women who have inspired others to make major accomplishments in international business. For more information, visit www.worldtrade.org.

 The event sponsors are:

 Gold Sponsors: Association of Floral Importers of Florida, Consulate General of Canada, DHL, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Laurem Group, Miami Dade Aviation Department, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, PortMiami, Seaboard Marine, TD Bank and UPS Americas.

 Silver Sponsors: Barclays Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Diversified Search, Greenburg Traurig, P.A., Highgate Hotels, Mercantil Commercebank, Tropical Shipping, U.S. Customs & Boarder Protection and Wells Fargo.

 Bronze Sponsors: ACG Analytics, American Airlines, American Airlines Cargo, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri, LLP, Charlotte Gallogly & Associates, Chase Marketing  Group, Cuba Trade Magazine, EPIC Hotel, Express Travel, Federal Express, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders  Association, Florida International Bankers Association, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Access Tunnel, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., South Florida District Export Council, SunTrust, The Netherlands Consulate General in Miami, Trade Commission of Spain, TRUMP Doral Hotel, TYLIN INTERNATIONAL, Victoriana, LLC, Women’s International Trading & Shipping Association and WorldCity Business.

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