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Past WIT-NC Event Highlights are available to WIT-NC members. A summary is provided below. Members may view all event details in by selecting the URL link below the speaker's name.  


Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Perspectives From The Beltway: The Current State of International Trade And The Upcoming Presidential Election
Adobe Inc.
San Jose, CA
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
How AI is Poised to Revolutionize Global Trade Compliance
Adobe Inc.
San Jose, CA
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Year of the Dragon -  A China Trade Update and Tribute to John McKenzie
Adobe Inc.
San Jose, CA
Event Slides (Members Only)


Wednesday, November 8, 2023
In-Person: WIT-NC/PAEI Joint Program Due Diligence in 2023 for Experienced Professionalss
Adobe Inc.
San Jose, CA
Event Slides (Members Only)
Sayari Slides (Members Only)
Key Take Aways (Members Only)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Virtual: WIT-NC/PAEI Joint Program Due Diligence in 2023 for Experienced Professionals
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
WIT-NC's Annual Member Giveback & Networking Event
The GlassHouse
San Jose CA

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Trade is a Four-Letter Word
John McPeak
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Inside BIS: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
Co-Presented with FTI Consulting and PAEI
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcome the Year of the Tiger!
John McKenzie, Partner, Baker McKenzie, San Francisco
Frank Pan, Senior Counsel, Baker McKenzie FenXun, Shanghai
Event Slides (Members Only)
Video by Frank Pan



Wednesday, December 14, 2022
WIT-NC's Annual Holiday Event
In-Person Event at Spin a Yarn Steakhouse
Mountain View, CA
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Roz Thomsen: Bringing DC to the Bay

Roszel C. Thomsen, Partner, Thomsen and Burke LLP

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
What the "Port" is Going On?: An Evening with the Port of Oakland

Susan Ransom, Client Services Manager, SSA International
Mike Heeneman, Business Development Executive, Port of Oakland


Wednesday, September 14, 2022
George Tuttle III - Trade Guru
George Tuttle III, Trade Attorney, Tuttle Law Offices
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
WIT-NC's Annual Member Giveback & Networking Event
In-Person Event at Ristorante Don Giovanni
Mountain View, CA

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Trade Advocacy - How to Impact the Regulations and Procedures

Karen Murphy, Vice President of Business Consulting, Krypt Inc.
Daniel Fisher-Owens - Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Ada Loo - Group Director and Associate General Counsel, Cadence Design Systems
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Supply Chain Resilience Strategies: How to Address Emerging Waves of Global Disruption and Enable Business Growth

Jackson Wood, Director of Industry Strategy, Global Trade Intelligence, Descartes
Event Slides (Members Only)
Event Article (Members Only)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Russia/Ukraine Update with Matt Bell of FTI Consulting

Matt Bell, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Event Slides (Members Only)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
In collaboration with CBFANC, PAEI and the District Export Council

Engage with Thea Kendler, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration at BIS

Assistant Secretary Thea D. Rozman Kendler, Bureau of Industry and Security
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Supply Chain 2022: Is There Light at the End of the Pandemic Tunnel?

Jessica Libby, Principal, KPMG Trade & Customs
Darcy Price Senior Manager, KPMG Tax, Trade & Customs
Craig Russell Director, KPMG Supply Chain Advisory

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcome the Year of the Tiger!

John McKenzie, Partner, Baker McKenzie, San Francisco
Frank Pan, Senior Counsel, Baker McKenzie FenXun, Shanghai
Tina Li, Associate, Baker McKenzie FenXun, Shanghai



Wednesday, December 8, 2021
WIT-NC Presents: Holiday Networking, Dinner, Wine, Gifts and Friends
In-Person Event at Spin a Yarn Steakhouse
Fremont, CA

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Keeping the Bad Guys at Bay: The Latest Trends in Illicit Technology Acquisition and Diversion

Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
Ian Stewart, Executive Director
Robert Shaw, Program Director, Export Control and Nonproliferation Program
Cameron Henderson, Research Associate

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Making Your Risk Assessment a Raging Success

Beth Pride, President, BPE Global
Gabrielle Griffith, Director, BPE Global


September 21, 23 & 29
15th CompTIA Global Trade Compliance Best Practices Online Conference
(Co-Sponsored with WIT-NC)
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Back to School: Educating Teams to be Compliant in a Remote Environment

Kim Ostrowski, Esq., Director, Product Management, Content Enablers 
Kara Kupzyk, Director, Customer Success, Content Enablers 
Event Slides (Members Only)
Event Video

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Annual Member Giveback & Networking Event
In-Person Event at Vintage Wine Bar
San Jose, CA

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
U.S.-China Trade Tensions: China's Latest Moves and Their Implication for U.S. Companies

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Trade Technology: How Emerging Technologies Will Change Your Day-to-Day Job

Mona Babra - Director of Product Management, E2Open
Hannah Kain - President & CEO, ALOM
Karen Murphy -  Vice President Business Consulting, Krypt Inc.
Moderator: Sue Krenek - Technology and Compliance Lawyer

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Trade Compliance Therapy: How to Keep Your Sanity in Uncertain Times

Daniel Fisher-Owens - Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Darcy Price - Senior Manager, Trade & Customs, KPMG
Janice Whitaker - Manager, Customs and Trade Compliance, Abbott Laboratories

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Export Controls in the New US Administration
Kevin J. Wolf, Partner - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
Event Handout (Members Only)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Covid -19 Disruptions and what Trade Professionals should be Considering
Sri Laxmana, Vice President, Global Ocean Services - C. H. Robinson 
Matt Castle, Vice President, Products & Services - C.H. Robinson  
Kevin Doucette, Director of North American Trade Policy - C.H. Robinson
Jeffrey Simpson, Manager Trade Policy - C.H. Robinson
Event Documents (Members Only)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
 WIT-NC and CBFANC Co-Host BIS Export Controls

Janice Whitaker, President, WIT-NC & Abbott Laboratories

Lani Tito, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
Sung Wook Lee, CBFANC Export Chair & SW Logistics
Event Slides (Members Only)
Event Documents (Members Only)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcome to the Year of the Ox!
John McKenzie, Baker McKenzie 
Jon Cowley, Baker McKenzie
Event Slides (Members Only)


Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2020 Year End Highlights & Successes
WIT-NC 2020 Holiday Video (truncated version - 30 min.)

WIT-NC 2020 Holiday Video (full version - 45 min.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Strategies for Navigating the Brewing Cold War to Limit Disruptions to Global Supply Chains
Suzanne Richer, Director, Global Trade Academy, e2open
Joshua Fitzhugh, Flex VP, Global Trade
Nancy Boughton, Vice President, International Trade Compliance, Sanmina
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Virtual Workshop
Event Slides (Members Only):
FDA Workshop - Communications Document
FDA Workshop - Medical Devices and Drugs

FDA Workshop - Dietary Supplements
FDA Workshop - Entry Review & ACE
FDA Workshop - Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Hong Kong in Transition: Export, Import and Tax/Currency Implication of Status Change under U.S. Law
Eugene Lim, Co-Founder and Principal, WTS Taxise, Singapore
Dan Fisher-Owens, Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, San Francisco
Event Slides (Members Only)
Attendee Poll Results (Members Only)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Maximizing your Presence as a Global Trade Professional
Martina de la Torre, Export Compliance Manager, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Ming Chao, Manager Trade Compliance, Netflix
Fatima Guadamuz-Cabral, Director, Foreign Trade - Lam Research
Janice Whitaker, Customs and Trade Compliance Manager, Abbott Diabetes Care; WIT-NC Vice President

Wednesday August 12, 2020

WIT-NC Annual Members Only Networking Event

Sponsors - CompTIA, Zisser Group, E2Open, Cal Maritime, Boomerang Carnet, KPMG, BCG, Tuttle Law Group, MIIS.

Wednesday July 8, 2020
BIS & Industry Export Control Roundtable
Michael Hoffman, Bureau of Industry and Security
Lani Tito,  Bureau of Industry and Security
Dan Fisher-Owens , Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Slone Pearson,  Fortive
Shiva Aminian, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday June 10, 2020

International Sales Contracts Important Provisions
Chris Helmer, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Balancing Cash Flow & Compliance in the Age of COVID-19

Jessica Libby, Managing Director, KPMG Trade & Customs
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday April 9, 2020
Advanced Country of Origin
Steve Zisser, Zisser Group and Masters Method
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday March 11, 2020
Fireside Chat - Don't Be Shocked When BIS Knocks
Erin Zaborowski, BIS Office of Export Enforcement
**Postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions**

Wednesday February 12, 2020
Lunar New Year Celebration - Welcome to the Year of the Rat!
John McKenzie, Baker & McKenzie
Event Slides (Members Only)


Wednesday December 11, 2019
WIT-NC Holiday Event 
Diane Pham, Kiva 
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday November 20, 2019
Sanctions and Restricted Party Screening for Tech Companies 

Wednesday October 9, 2019
Trade Disruption - Models, Impacts, Contingencies 
How Supply Chain Can Drive Trade Decisions
Michael Heldebrand, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Tuttle's Take: Hot Trade Topics and Smart Strategies to Thrive in a Fast-Changing Compliance Landscape 
George Tuttle, III, Law Offices of George Tuttle
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday August 14, 2019
Summer Networking Extravaganza 

Wednesday July 17, 2019
From Fake News to Felony Prosecutions: the Trump Administration is Re-writing the Playbook for International Trade Professionals 
Roszel C. Thomsen II, Partner, Thomsen and Burke LLP
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday June 12, 2019
Hidden in Plain Sight: Sanction Evasion by N. Korea and Non-State Actors 
Robert Shaw, Program Director, Export Control and Nonproliferation Program, MIIS
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday May 8, 2019
FDA Partnership Meeting: Bridge to the Future 
Barbara Cassens, FDA, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Partnerships
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday April 10, 2019
Section 301; the age of change... How companies have been using modeling and metrics to reduce their duty liability
Evan Raubacher, Program Manager Cisco Systems
Gabrielle Griffith, Director, BPE Global
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday March 13, 2019
Best Practices & Strategies for Duty Mitigation - FTAs, FTZs, Valuation, Classification
John McLoughlin, Principal, Trade and Customs Leader, KPMG (US)
Event Slides (Members Only)

Wednesday February 13, 2019
A Chinese New Year Celebration 
Featuring a Discussion with Baker McKenzie on recent APAC Trade Updates
John F. McKenzie, Partner, San Francisco Baker McKenzie
Jon Cowley, Partner, Hong Kong Baker McKenzie
Ivy Tan, Associate, Kuala Lumpur Baker McKenzie, Wong Partners
Event Slides (Members Only)


Wednesday December 12, 2018
2018 Holiday Celebration: How Trade Compliance Saves Lives 

Wednesday November 14, 2018
Brexit Strategies with Jasper Helder: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst 
Jasper Helder, Partner, International Trade Practice, U.K., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Wednesday October 10, 2018
An Evening with Kevin Wolf: Potential Export Controls on Emerging and Foundational Technologies
Kevin Wolf, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Wednesday September 12, 2018
Trade 3.5 - Adapting to a New Trade Environment From the Trade War
A Panel Discussion with Industry. 
Opening Remarks by: Irina Kasatkina,Director, Logistics Management & Trade Compliance, North America, Genentech
Moderator: David Feinstein, Global Trade & New Market Access, Tesla, Inc.
Panelists: Karen Murphy, V.P., Global Trade, Flex; Michael Schwartzberg, Director of Global Trade & Customs, NETGEAR; Carla Cravalho, Senior, Global Tax & Customs Manager, Cisco Systems

Wednesday August 15, 2018
Summer Networking Extravaganza

Wednesday July 18, 2018
Artificial Intelligence and How Regulation of AI Affects Silicon Valley
Roszel C. Thomsen II, Partner, Thomsen and Burke LLP 

Wednesday July 11, 2018
WIT-NC and CBFANC Present: An Evening with “Our Man in DC” Peter Friedmann  

Wednesday June 13, 2018
Compliance Crowdsourcing, A Roundtable and Networking Event: Featuring Industry Experts, Small Group Discussions and Hot Topics 
Round Table Leaders: Anne Van De Heetkamp, Jane Solomon, Jeff Morse, Karmi Leiman, Michael Schwartzberg, Michael Lutz, Shuba Lall, Tim Andrews, Dan Fisher-Owens. 

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Blockchain in Supply Chain Management and Global Trade Compliance 
Gaurav Malhotra, Partner and Principal at EY - Digital Supply Chain & Operations, IoT and Blockchain leader.
Tianna Umann, Cross Domain Solution Architect at Microsoft Corporation. 

Wednesday April 11, 2018
Drowning or Developing? Leveraging Data & New Technologies for Trade 
Mary Breede from Thomson Reuters 

Wednesday March 14, 2018
The Trump Era in Full Bloom/Are New Trade Policies Rockin' Your World? 
Doug Zuvich, KPMG Partner and Global Practice Leader, Trade & Customs
Michael Lutz, Senior Director of Global Trade Compliance at NVIDIA 

Wednesday February 7, 2018
A Chinese New Year Celebration 
John F. McKenzie, Partner, Baker McKenzie - San Francisco
Jon Cowley, Partner, Baker McKenzie - Hong Kong 


Wednesday December 13, 2017
2017 Holiday Celebration

Wednesday November 8, 2017
Crouching CCATS, Hidden ITAR
Dan Fisher-Owens, Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP 

Wednesday October 11, 2017
Rules of Origin: Strategic Planning and Compliance 
Larry Ordet, Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, PA 

Wednesday September 14, 2017
Doing Business in Silicon Valley and Beyond
Dan Khoo, President, MDEC America
Irina Kasatkina, Director, Logistics Management and Trade Compliance, North America, Genentech
Jennifer Diaz, Executive V.P./President-Elect, OWIT & President, Diaz Trade Law 

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Summer Networking Extravaganza

Wednesday July 12, 2017
Encryption Export Controls and the Internet of Things
Roszel C. Thompson II, Partner at Thomsen and Burke LLP 

Wednesday June 14, 2017
Trade 3.0: The Evolution of Global Trade From Cost Center to Business Leader
David Feinstein, Director of Global Trade & New Market Access, Tesla, Inc.
Mookie Hojiwala, Sr. Manager, Worldwide Trade Compliance, Tesla, Inc. 

Wednesday May 10, 2017
How to Advance Your Career in Trade?
Garrett Stephenson, Senior Partner, Gateway Recruiting, Inc.
Laura Tomarchio, Sr. Director, Global Trade Compliance, Veritas Technologies LLC

Wednesday April 12, 2017
Accounting for Global Trade Professionals: Expanded Knowledge & Skill-Building
Andrew Siciliano, U.S. National Practice Leader, KPMG's Trade & Customs Practice

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Post-Election US Trade Policy and Impacts on Trade Compliance
Michael Heldebrand, EY Indirect Tax - Principal, Global Trade
Michael Lutz, Director of Trade Compliance at Google Inc

Wednesday February 8, 2017
Chinese New Year Celebration
John F. McKenzie, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Eugene Lim, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Kong Si Ying, Baker McKenzie

Wednesday January 11, 2017
Trade Compliance from Different Industry Perspectives
John McPeak, Vicki Wilkerson, Ruta Riley, David Rodriguez, Heidi Mustonen


Wednesday December 14, 2016
2016 Holiday Program & Celebration
Scott Swanter, Director for Digital Security, Western Union

Wednesday November 9, 2016
The Shift from Informed Compliance to Enforced Compliance
Michael Laden, Founder and CEO, Trade Innovations, Inc.

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Are Your Foreign Products Really Subject to U.S. Export Control Regulations?
Steven Brotherton

Wednesday September 14, 2016
Using Trade Compliance Metrics to Manage your Strategic Plan
Beth Pride, President - BPE Global

Wednesday August 16, 2016
Summer Networking Extravaganza

Wednesday July 13, 2016
Roz Thomsen On Cybersecurity and Encryption Export Controls – 
Update from an Expert

Roz Thomsen, Partner, Thomsen & Burke LLC

Wednesday June 8, 2016
"Back to the Future" -What's new with Related Party Transfer Pricing and Assists
George Tuttle III, Attorney, Law Offices of George R. Tuttle

Wednesday May 11, 2016
Cloud Computing in a Complex Regulatory Environment
Dan Fisher-Owens, Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP

Wednesday April 13, 2016
Red Flags of Illicit Procurement and Diversion
Robert Shaw, Program Director, Export Control and Nonproliferation
Catherine Dill, Research Associate, Export Control and Nonproliferation

Wednesday March 9, 2016
Update from the CBP's CEEs - Centers of Excellence & Expertise
Jorge Garcia, Acting Assistant Director, Trade, CBP, Los Angeles Field Office

Wednesday February 3, 2016
China and the APAC Region in 2016 – Critical Trade Development Opportunities and Impediments
John F. McKenzie, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Eugene Lim, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Kong Si Ying, Baker & McKenzie

Wednesday January 13, 2016
A Country Specific Focus: Brazil
Bruno Drummond, Partner and Co-Founder Drummond CPA, LLC
Matthew Svetich, Partner at Drummond CPA, LLC. 


Wednesday December 9, 2015
The Challenge of Illicit Commerce and Trade: An Investigative Journalist’s Perspective
Annual Holiday Event & Celebration

Wednesday November 11, 2015
Navigating the New Encryption and Cybersecurity Export Compliance Landscape
Susan Kohn Ross, Partner International Trade Counsel, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Craig T. Ridgley, VP and Managing Partner, Trade Compliance Group

Wednesday October 14, 2015
Managing Outsourced Export Compliance Operations (Part II of II)
Sergio Retamal, CEO and Board Member, Global4PL Supply Chain Management
Jessica Latham, Compliance Counsel, Global4PL Supply Chain Management
Martina de la Torre, Sr. Manager, Global Trade Compliance, Symantec Corporation
Anthony Huynh, Principal Compliance Analyst, Symantec Corporation

Wednesday September 9, 2015
Transitioning Between Industries within Trade Compliance
Michael Lutz, Director of Trade Compliance at Google, Inc.
Darie Achstein-Conway, Sr Global Trade and Compliance Manager at QLogic Corporation
David Feinstein, Senior Manager Global Trade at Tesla Motors

Wednesday August 12, 2015
Managing Outsourced Customs Compliance Operations
Carla Cravalho, Sr Customs Manager, Cisco Systems
Monika Sandman, President, Urusan Consulting
Shelley Mcllwain, Sr Manager, US Trade Advisory Services, TradeWin

Wednesday July 15, 2015
Summer Networking Extravaganza 

Wednesday June 17, 2015
Best Practices in Export Control Audits for 2015
Steven Brotherton, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy,LLP 

Wednesday May 13, 2015
When Export Compliance Failures Happen to Good Companies
Special Agent Michael Zaborowski , BIS Office of Export Enforcement’s (OEE) San Jose Branch
Dan Fisher-Owens of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe

Wednesday April 8, 2015
The Growing Impact of Supply Chain Security Initiatives on Trade Compliance
Steven W. Baker, Customs and International Trade Law Attorney, Law Offices of Steve W. Baker
Craig Buehler, Director Private Sector Engagement, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Wednesday March 11, 2015
Maximizing Supply Chain Performance
Karen Murphy, VP Global Trade Compliance, Flextronics International
Andrea Soriano, Insurance and Risk Management Consultant
Carla Cravalho, Sr. Customs Manager, Global Tax and Trade, Cisco Systems 

Wednesday February 11, 2015
Benefit & Risk Update for U.S.-China Trade – 13 Years After China’s WTO Accession
Eugene Lim of Baker & McKenzie, LLP
John F. McKenzie of Baker & McKenzie, LLP

Wednesday January 14, 2015
Navigating India's Import-Export Policy and Procedures
Deep SenGupta, CEO DSG Global


Wednesday December 10, 2014
Hiring Trends in International Trade Compliance
Garrett Stephenson, CEO, Gateway Recruiting

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Audit Sampling for Import/Export Transactions
George Tuttle, III, Esq. Law Office of George R. Tuttle
Cindy Deleon, DeLeon Trade, LLC

Wednesday September 24, 2014
Webinar-Export Voluntary Self-Disclosures

Wednesday September 10, 2014
Importer Identify Fraud

Wednesday August 13, 2014
Skills Builder: Obtaining and Using Export and Import Metrics
Beth Peterson, President, BPE Global

Wednesday July 9, 2014
Summer Networking Extravaganza

Wednesday June 18, 2014
What’s Your Reaction Time? How to Manage Compliance With Rapidly Changing Trade Sanctions 
Alexey Goder; Keeppy Inc. and author: “A Guide to International Outsourcing –How to Achieve Success & Avoid Common Mistakes"
Lydia McClure, Global Trade Compliance
Trudi West, Director Global Trade Compliance, Hitachi Data Systems 

Wednesday May 7, 2014
Buyer Beware! What You Need to Know About International Trade Due Diligence for M&A activities
Matt Nakachi, Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg P.A.
Laura Tomarchio, Product Classification, Symantec Corporation 

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Comparative Valuation: Current Trends in the EU, Latin America and Asia
Lynlee Brown, Senior Manager, Ernest & Young LLP

Wednesday March 12, 2014
"Are Your Sales Activities Protected from Illicit Procurement Activities?"
Robert A. Shaw, Program Director, Export Control & Nonproliferation
Stephanie C. Lieggi, Senior Research Associate, East Asia Nonproliferation Program

Wednesday February 12, 2014
John F. McKenzie and Fang Fang of Baker & McKenzie, LLP.

Wednesday January 8, 2014
Kathryn S. Hanson and Carol Flaherty of


Wednesday December 11, 2013 & 2013 Gift Drive! 
Karla L. Haynes, Export/Import Compliance Counsel, Chevron Corporation
Daniel Fisher-Owen of Berliner, Corcoran and Rowe LLP 

Wednesday November 13, 2013
How to get the "Most" out of Your CEE
John Gerber, Supervisory Import Specialist, Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Jennifer Wade, Director, BPE Global
Carla Cravalho, Sr. Customs Manager, Cisco Systems

Wednesday October 16, 2013
PREPARING FOR EXPORT REFORM Is Your Product “Specially Designed?”
Steve Brotherton – Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP

Wednesday September 11, 2013
Technology Transfers or Deemed Export Compliance Missteps Could Cost You Penalties and Lost Business!
Elizabeth Vega, Entry Branch Chief, Customs and Border Protection, Port of San Francisco

Wednesday August 14, 2013
San Francisco CBP Port Update
Elizabeth Vega, Entry Branch Chief, Customs and Border Protection, Port of San Francisco

Wednesday July 10, 2013
2013 Networking Extravaganza!

Wednesday June 12, 2013
U.S.‐Korea Free Trade Agreement Update
Eric Sohn, - Korea Desk - International Trade Administration - U.S. Department of Commerce

Wednesday May 8, 2013
Logistics for the Compliance Professional
Joanne Leggett, Director of Business Development, Strategic Accounts, Livingston International

Wednesday April 10, 2013
2013 Trade Compliance Professional’s Tool Kit - Part II
Samantha E. Tuttle - International Trade Consultant - Law Offices of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C.

Wednesday March 13, 2013
Customs Value and Related Party Pricing with KPMG
Phil Gallas: Senior Manager, KPMG’s Trade & Customs Practice ‐ San Francisco
Aaron Ansel: Associate, KPMG’s Trade & Customs Practice ‐ San Francisco

Tuesday February 26, 2013
The Bureau of Industry and Security Export Reform It’s Happening and could impact you!
Matt Borman Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Bureau of Industry and Security
Bernard Kritzer Director, Office of Exporter Services, Bureau of Industry and Security
Wednesday February 13, 2013
Annual China Update & Chinese New Year Celebration
John McKenzie - San Francisco - Baker & McKenzie
Vivian Wu - Beijing - Baker & McKenzie
Anne Peng - Hong Kong - Baker & Mckenzie
Wednesday January 9, 2013
Start 2013 with the tools to get a Pulse On Your Company’s Compliance Program
Samantha E. Tuttle - International Trade Consultant - Law Offices of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C.
Darko Neuschul - Customs & International Trade - Ernst & Young, LLP 


Wednesday December 12, 2012
Holiday Celebration
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Customs Value: Assists (& Supplemental Payments)
Law Offices of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C.
Wednesday October 10, 2012
Top Ten Things we need for a "Best in Class" Export Compliance Program
Beth Peterson – BPE Global
Wednesday September 12, 2012
Anne Van de Heetkamp - Author of Origin Management - Rules of Origin in Free Trade Agreements, CDC TradeBeam
Wednesday August 8, 2012
2012 Networking Extravaganza!
Wednesday July 11, 2012
To Plan the Impossible Plan
Todd Brown - VP of Security, Health & Safety - Expeditors International of Wash.
Will Urban - District Manager San Francisco – Expeditors International of Wash.
Malcolm Appelbe - International Trade Cost Management– LAM Research
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Import Best Practices Importers' Self-Assessment 
Meredith Covey, Director, Customs Operations & Compliance Williams Sonoma, Inc.
Wednesday May 9, 2012
Strategies to Manage Technology Transfer and Deemed Exports
Dan Fisher-Owens of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Wednesday April 11, 2012
Non-US Encryption Controls 
Nelson Dong - Dorsey & Whitney, LLP - Partner - Co-Head, Asian Law Group Head, National Security Law Group
Wednesday March 1, 2012
Export Reform & Enforcement Update
Eric L. Hirschhorn - Under Secretary - U.S. Commerce Department - Bureau of Industry and Security
David W. Mills - Asst. Secretary of Export Enforcement, - U.S. Commerce Department - Bureau of Industry and Security
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Annual China Update & Chinese New Year Celebration
John McKenzie - San Francisco - Baker & McKenzie
Eugene Lim - Hong Kong - Baker & McKenzie
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
When Enforcement comes knocking...
Karen Server & Steve Brotherton -FRAGOMEN – Export Controls Practice Group


Wednesday December 14, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts:Hiring Trends in Trade Compliance Holiday Celebration
Garrett Stephenson Gateway Recruiting

Wednesday November 9, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts:Exploring the World of Global Trade Automation
Paul Pessutti, SAP
Anne van de Heetkamp, CDC TRADEBEAM
Rosalie Cmelak, ORACLE

Wednesday October 11, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts:Export Best Practices – Hot Topics 2011
Dale C. Kelly – Asst. Div. Chief of Data Collection
Daniel Fisher-Owens Attorney, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Mark Yee – Life Technologies

Wednesday September 14, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts:HS 2012 - Are you ready?
Matt Gersper, President & Founder of Global Data Mining, and co-owner of CUSTOMS Info

Wednesday August 10, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!Navigating Russia and Brazil
Galina Free - Global Valuation, Country of Origin and Trade Programs Customs Manager – Cisco
John McKenzie, Attorney at Law - Baker & Mckenzie LLP

Wednesday July 13, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: Rules of Origin & Impact on US Government Sales
Lisa Crosby of Sidley Austin, LLP

Wednesday June 8, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: Encryption: 
Michael Lutz Director, Global Trade Compliance Google

Wednesday May 11, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: Focused Assessments "Survival Guide" 
Shelley Mcllwain Expeditors Tradewin, LLC
Shay O'Reilly Trade Compliance Manager, LCB West Marine

Wednesday April 13, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: Importers Security Filing 2011: Enforcement and upcoming changes
Bruce H. Leeds, ESQ - Braumiller & Shulz
Sue Ann Linnemann - Braumiller & Shulz

Wednesday March 2, 2011,
WIT-NC Hosts: Export Reform 2011: How will this impact me?
Eric L. Hirschhorn - Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security

Wednesday February 9, 2011,
WIT-NC Annual Asian New Year Celebration China Update 2011: 
Regulatory Change Impacts to Trade
Speaker: John McKenzie; Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Jinghua Liu; Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie Beijing

Wednesday January 12, 2011,
Incoterms 2010: What You Should Know
Speaker: Donna Bade, Esq., Attorney-at-Law; Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.


Wednesday December 8, 2010,
WIT-NC Annual Holiday Program
Speakers: Jadine Lai, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Co-Lead
Emily Leys, Senior Global Program Officer
Wednesday November 10, 2010,
Internal Audits: What to Do When You Are Buried in Risk
Speakers: David Sanders - Partner, Williams Mullen
Kevin Collins - Director, Internal Audit, Marvell
Wednesday October 13, 2010,
Extended GTM Automation Program! "A Tale of Three Companies"
Speakers: Venkat Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Manager, IT Business Engagement - VMWare
Justin Pearlman; Sr. Dir. Global Trade Compliance - Oracle (Sun)
Bhaskar Ranade, Manager Global Export Trade (GET) team - Cisco Systems
Wednesday September 15, 2010,
Encryption Regulation Changes
Speaker: Dan Fisher-Owens - Attorney, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe
Wednesday August 11, 2010,
Trading with BRIC Countries:
Navigating FCPA Challenges
Speakers: John McKenzie - Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Robert Tarun - Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Wednesday July 14, 2010,
Valuation, Royalties and Assists:
Your Answer to "We Don't Have Any…right??"
Speaker: George Tuttle, III – Attorney, Tuttle Law
Wednesday June 9, 2010,
100% Screening Mandate August 2010
Do You Have a Plan? Is a CCSP Your Answer?
Speakers: Dave Burnell - CCSP Assistant Branch Chief, TSA
Marilyn Christiansen - Principal Cargo Security Analyst, TSA
Zeid Hossami - Air Export Manager, Expeditors International
Wednesday May 12, 2010,
Sourcing – Import Best Practices: Highlight on Broker Management
Speakers: Meredith Covey; Director of Customs Operations & Compliance, Williams-Sonoma
Beth Peterson; President, BPE
Carole Herron; US Customs Manager, Cisco Systems
Wednesday April 14, 2010,
Sourcing – Strategies that Work from Textiles to Technology
Speaker: Mary Palafox - Director of Customs Compliance, Levi Strauss & Company 
Wednesday March 10, 2010,
Export Best Practices - The Lifecycle of Export Classification 
Speakers: Steve Brotherton - Partner; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP
James Salach - Global Trade Compliance Process Manager; Tyco Electronics Corp. 
Wednesday February 10, 2010,
Asian New Year;
China Update – New Encryption License
Requirements & Economic Stimulus Program 
Speakers: John McKenzie, Partner, Baker &McKenzie
Bing Ho, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Wednesday January 13, 2010,
ITAR – Best Practices for
Non-Defense Related Companies 
Speakers: Jeff Rittener, Global Export Compliance Manager, Intel
Rebecca Conover, ITAR Compliance Manager, Intel


Wednesday December 9, 2009,
10+2/Importer Security Filing:
Finding a solution that fits your company 
Speaker: Greg Malter, Brokerage Manager - San Francisco, Expeditors International of WA, Inc.
Wednesday November 11, 2009,
Cost Reductions in Operations:
Have you considered a Foreign Trade Zone?
Speaker: Tommy L. Berry, President & CEO, PointTrade Services, Inc.
Wednesday October 14, 2009,
Green Compliance in International Trade
Speaker: Bruce Turner - Program Manager HP Americas Region Environmental Compliance.
Wednesday September 9, 2009,
Internal Audit: A Risk Based Strategy in a Down Economy
Speaker: Jenny Kessinger - Attorney,  Global Trade Expertise
Wednesday August 12, 2009,
Demystifying Technology Transfer and Encryption
Speakers: Anita Zinzuvadia - Licensing Officer/Electrical Engineer, BIS-Western Regional Office
Robert Kearsley - Senior Manager, Trade & Customs Practice, KPMG LLP
Ben H. Flowe, Jr. - Senior Manager, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P
Wednesday July 8, 2009,
Country of Origin
Speakers: Monika Sandman - President, Urusan Consulting
Lisa Thatcher - Trade Compliance Manager, Avery Dennison Office Products
Carolyn Muhlstein - Manager, Global Tax & Customs - Global Country of Origin, Cisco Systems
Wednesday June 10, 2009,
International Trade Jobs
Speakers: Darcy Price - Senior Manager, Global Trade Solutions, Deloitte
Wednesday May 13, 2009,
Import Best Practices Workshop
Speakers: Robert Olson- Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Deep Sengupta- Senior Manager, FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services, Inc. Meredith Covey - Director, Customs Operations & Compliance, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Wednesday April 15, 2009,
Export Best Practices Workshop "Navigating Global Export Regulations"
Speakers: Karen Murphy – Senior Director Trade, Applied Materials
Debbie Thoren-Peden -- Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Roz Thomsen -- Partner, Thomsen & Burke LLP
Wednesday March 11, 2009, OFAC Controls
Speakers: Julie Salcido, Special Agent In Charge Office of Export Enforcement, Bureau of Information & Security (BIS)
Mary O'Brien Senior Manager, Export Compliance, Seagate 
Wednesday February 11, 2009, Asian New Year: Compliance and Security in China
Speakers: John McKenzie, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Bing Ho, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Ute Krudewagen, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Fang Fang, Associate, Baker & McKenzie, L
Wednesday January 14, 2009, Membership Appreciation: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
Speaker: Jeff Hatchell, President, Over the Top Coaching


Wednesday December 10, 2008, Personal Branding: How to Manage Personal Branding ~ in turn Increase Corporate Brand Equity 
Speaker: Linda Popky, L2M Associates, Inc. 
Wednesday November 12, 2008, Technology Transfer: Encryption Update, Speaker: Dan Fisher-Owens of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe L.L.P.
Wednesday, October 8. 2008, Getting Compliance a Seat in the Boardroom, Speaker(s): Beth Peterson, President, BPE; Paul Pessutti, Senior Director, SAP GRC Global Trade Services
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, Special Wine Reception & Trade Updates Facing the Wine Industry, Speaker(s): Steve Fike, CEO, Wine Customs LLC; Bobby Waid, Executive Vice President, Charter Brokerage LLC and Kate Weiner Manager, International Regulatory Affairs & Compliance E. & J. Gallo Winery.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, How U.S. Trade Policy Affects Silicon Valley, Speaker: Samuel H. Banks, Executive Vice President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Advisory Services Inc. 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008, Import Best Practices, Speaker(s): John Leonard, Customs and Border Protection, San Francisco Area Port Director; Carole Herron, U.S. Customs Manager, Cisco Systems, George Tuttle, Tuttle Law Offices; Dario Rocha, Supervisory Import Specialist, Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Team, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Wednesday, July 8, 2008, Export Best Practices, Speaker(s): Steven Kott, Head of Global Trade, Advanced Micro Devices; Robert Bowen, Program Director Export –Import Regulations Office, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 afternoon, WIT-NC brings you a one-on-one with Bureau of Industry and Security Under Secretary Mario Mancuso, Speaker: Mario Mancuso, Under Secretary, Bureau of Industry and Security
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 afternoon, Sourcing, Speakers: Tammie Goldstein Krauskopf, Attorney and Adjunct Professor, The John Marshal Law School: Meredith Covey, Director of Customs Operations and Compliance, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Wednesday May 7, 2008, Internal Audit: Best Practices, Raff Arando, Member of the Corporate Services Group at National Semiconductor and Robert Kearsley, Manager KPMG LLP's Trade and Customs Services
Wednesday April 2, 2008, Global Trade Management Solutions: A How-To Guide, Speakers: Jane Soloman, Trade Compliance Manager, Anritsu; Rana Jones, Export Analysis, Electronic's for Imaging; Marcia Davis , Senior Member Global Trade, JDSU 
Wednesday March 5, 2008, ITAR Part II: Advanced ITAR Compliance Issues for High-Tech Companies, Speakers: Stephanie A. Reuer - PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP, Worldtrade Management Services; Steven K. Brotherton, Partner, Export Controls Practice Group, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; John Nieberding, Manager, Varian Associates 
Wednesday February 6, 2008, Focus on China: FCPA Compliance, Validated End User (VEU) and Hot Topics, Speakers: John McKenzie, Partner, Baker & McKenzie and Bing Ho, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Beijing 
Wednesday January 9, 2008, Annual Membership Appreciation: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Microfinance, Speaker: Matt Flannery, Founder, 


Wednesday December 5, 2007, Chinese Decorum – Making All the Right Moves, Speaker: Sherri Ferris, President, Protocol Professionals, Inc. 
Wednesday November 7, 2007, Encryption: How to Talk to Your Engineers. Speaker: Lynn Wallace, Export Manager, Novell.

Wednesday October 3, 2007, International Trade Jobs: What's My Next Step?Overseas Bonded Warehouses and Foreign Trade Zones. Speakers:Garrett Stephenson, Senior Partner, Point to Point Consulting, Renee Roe, Global Trade Compliance Officer, Fortinet, Inc., Pat Barney, Director of Global Trade, NVIDIA Corporation.

Wednesday September 12, 2007, Overseas Bonded Warehouses and Foreign Trade Zones. Speaker: Lydia McClure, Senior Corporate Trade Compliance Manager, Applied Materials.        

Wednesday August 1, 2007, Second Annual Import Best Practices Workshop. Speakers: Todd R. Smith, KPMG; Andrea Appell, HP; Chris Jue, Cisco. 

Wednesday July 11, 2007, Export Best Practices Workshop – Part II. Speakers: Jane Solomon, Trade Compliance Manager, Anritsu Corporation, Nick Bougopoulos, Director of Foreign Trade , Lam Research and Don Fischer, Managing Director, PwC Worldtrade Management Services 

Wednesday June 6, 2007, Spreading the Word: Raising Awareness and Delivering Trade Compliance Training in Your Organization. Speaker: Pete Mento, Principal Consultant, Expeditors Tradewin, LLC 

Wednesday May 2, 2007, The Three Pillars of an Effective RMA
Program: Financial, Physical, and Visibility. Speakers: Emily Rodriguez, Senior Consultant, The Results Group and Ejimo Bealum, Solutions Manager, UPS

Wednesday April 11, 2007, ITAR – It's Not Just About Weapons Hear How it Might Apply to You. Speakers: Carol Truhe, Trade Compliance Manager, Actel Corporation and Philip Rhoads, Attorney, Rhoads & Reed PLLC 

Wednesday March 7, 2007, 10+2: The Mandate from Congress. Speaker: Bruce Leeds, Senior Export/Import Advisor, The Boeing Company; COAC Member

Wednesday February 7, 2007, Inside China's Customs Agency. Speaker: Charles Li, Senior Manager, China Trade & Customs, KPMG

Wednesday January 10, 2007, Annual Membership Appreciation: He Says, She Says – Why Men Don't Ask for Directions and Women Don't Ask for Raises. Speaker Francine Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Coach 


Wednesday December 6, 2006, Managing International Teams Speaker: Pascal Doral, ICM Associates Inc. 

Wednesday November 1, 2006 Do you know where your shipment is? Supply chain visibility best practices Speakers: Jada Barnett, Manager, Supply Chain Systems, AMS; Mary Breede, Global Outsource and Americas Operations Manager, Seagate International Trade Administration, Seagate Technology 

Wednesday October 4, 2006 2007 Customs Tariff Earthquake – Are You Prepared for January 1 Speakers Debbie Aiu, Worldwide Customs Classification Manager, Agilent Technologies; Glenn Overstreet, Senior Compliance Analyst, KSI Corp.; Monika Sandman, President, URUSAN Consulting 

Wednesday September 13 through Friday September 15, 2006, 2006 OWIT World Conference. 

Wednesday August 2, 2006, Risk Mitigation: Don't get bitten! Learn how to structure your cross-border transactions Speakers: Sharon Patterson Clark, Northwest Regional Insurance Manager, Expeditors and Terry Cummings , Vice President of Trade, Roanoke Trade Services, Inc. 

Wednesday July 12, 2006, Customs Best Practices Speakers: Scott Pepper, Cisco; Joseph Rees – Director, Importer Self Assessment Customs and Border Protection 

Wednesday June 7, 2006, Best in Class - Export Best Practices, Speakers: Maxine Curry, Apple; Julie Salcido, Special Agent in Charge, San Jose Field Office Export Enforcement , Bureau of Industry & Security and Jo Allyn Scott, Western Regional Office, Bureau of Industry & Security 

Wednesday May 3, 2006, Global Trade Logistics in a SOX Environment Program, Speaker Daniel Gluck is partner at Serko, Simon, Gluck and Kane 

Wednesday April 5, 2006, Deemed Exports: Everyone's Doing It – Are You Doing It Right? Speaker Richard Pettler, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP 

Wednesday March 8, 2006, Implementing the New Importer Security Criteria for C-TPAT Speakers: Thomas O'Brien, President, Global Trade Security Consulting LLC & Beth Peterson, President, BPE, Inc. 

Wednesday February 1, 2006, Trading with China and U.S. Export Controls Speaker Nelson Dong, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP 

Wednesday January 11, 2006, Annual Membership Appreciation: Be a Goddess of Happiness – 9 Ways to Get Happy! Speaker Debbie Gisonni Founder of Real Life Lessons

Wednesday December 7, 2005, Around the World…Optimizing Your Business Travel, Speaker Cathy Palmateer, CMP, Regional Director, HelmsBriscoe.
Take your mundane, routine business trips and find out how you can optimize those trips to your advantage! It might be all about work, but Ms. Palmateer will reveal the secrets on how to make the most out of your business travel. How can you get the best deals on your flights? What about your hotel stays? How can I cash in on those frequent flyer miles? Make those miles work for you.
Plus our annual holiday raffle with gifts from: Beth Peterson Enterprises, Inc.; Debbie Cordiano; Helms Brisco; Mary Kay Cosmetics, Law Offices of Geo. Tuttle; Lifescan; Lu Cookies; Lydia McClure, Nextlinx; Novell; National Semiconductor; Serko and Simon; Spansion, LLC; Sun Microsystems; TradeBeam; Urusan Consulting; Vastera.
Wednesday November 9, 2005, WIT-NC Seaport Operations Tour: How does it work behind the scenes?
Vessel Tour: Everyone Aboard!! 
Tour of the Port of Oakland. An in-depth and behind the scenes look at daily port operations. An update on port security and how it affects your company and your daily operations. 
Document Analysis Unit (DAU) – Docs Required, Docs Intensive. What does it mean? When it is triggered? 
Container Examination Station (CES) Warehouse Tour. Where does Customs conduct its inspections? 
Sponsors included U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Horizon Lines, Port of Oakland, PCC Logistics and Mother's Cookies.
Wednesday November 2, 2005, New Strategies for Global Trade
Management and Security Automation Program and Trade Show, Keynote Speaker: Beth Enslow, VP, Enterprise Research, Aberdeen Group 
Learn how enterprises are mastering cross-border supply chains by synchronizing logistics, compliance, and finance. Listen to highlights from Aberdeen's Global Trade Benchmark Report. Understand how best in class companies employ global trade best practices. Hear insights on Aberdeen's new report on CFO's becoming the change agents for global trade. Speak to global trade and security automation vendors. 
Venders include:
Cargo Smart
GT Nexus
JP Morgan Chase Vastera
TradePoint Systems
Urusan Consulting
Wednesday October 19, 2005, Leveraging ACE to Maximize Business Advantage, 
The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the new U.S. trade processing system designed to consolidate and automate border processing to significantly enhance border security and foster our Nation's economic security through lawful international trade and travel.
ACE Benefits Include:
Expedited trade flow
Periodic monthly payment ability and account statements
On-line access to data
Over 60 downloadable reports
Ultimately ACE will be utilized as the CBP system of record in virtually all of the more than 350 ports and other facilities, bringing capabilities for automation and integration of data to most CBP trade processes. It's time for the Bay Area to take a hard look at Custom and Border Protection's (CBP) vision for the future.
Wednesday October 12, 2005, A Deep Dive into Encryption, Speaker Roszel Thomsen, Partner, Thomsen and Burke 
Encryption is one of the most complex areas of export control. WIT-NC will take a deep dive into the nuances of encryption licensing--when a license applies and when license exceptions can be used. This program is a one-of-a-kind educational experience, designed for very experienced trade practitioners. 
During the program Mr. Thomsen covered the following topics: 
How do I know when an encryption product is "controlled"? 
How do I get a classification? 
What's the difference between "Restricted" and "Un-restricted" for encryption products? 
What is the penalty exposure for encryption products? 
What is a "release" of technology? 
What resources are available to help me keep on top of these issues? 
When do I need to get outside counsel? 
Wednesday September 7, 2005, International Instruments for Global Trade: Understanding the Internal Operations of the WCO and the New Framework of Security Standards, Speaker Holm Kappler, Director, WCO Tariff and Trade Affairs 1998 - 2003 
Companies involved in global trade need to understand the inner workings of the World Customs Organization and the new strategy to secure the international trade supply chain. 
Mr. Kappler shared his insights regarding: 
History of the WCO 
Structure of the WCO 
Key committees that impact international trade 
The role of the secretariat in the WCO and how it interacts with country representatives 
Greatest challenges at the WCO 
Examples of success stories for U.S. companies at the WCO 
Overview of the WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade 
Key transitions that must occur at the WCO for it to remain viable and an increasingly effective resolution point for trade issues. 
Wednesday August 3, 2005, Real Life Processes and Systems for Export Best Practices, Speakers: Angela Steen, Director, International Trade Services, Novell Inc. and Justin Pearlman, Senior Manager, Global Trade Compliance, Global Information Security, Oracle 
Join WIT-NC for a real life look at how companies implement processes and systems that drive compliance with the Export Administration Regulations. Learn how export compliance practitioners ensure that their business processes take export regulations into consideration during all aspects of doing business on a global basis. 
Angela Steen:.
Why should you develop an Internal Control Procedure (ICP)? 
How do you develop a complete ICP? 
What do you include in your ICP?
Who is the correct audience for your ICP, from executives to engineers, from customers to partners? 
When do you "spread the word" of the ICP? 
Where do you keep your ICP? 
Justin Pearlman:
Why automate? 
How do you automate your export processes? 
How Oracle evaluated, and implemented external global trade solutions. 
What systems do you integrate to and what information do you exchange? 
When in a transaction do you lock changes to a sales order out? 
Who has override authority? Mistakes do happen and IT is not always around. 
Where do you get the content that drives these automated systems? 
Wednesday July 13, 2005, Customs Valuation – Beyond the Regulatory Basics, Speakers: Georgina Grier, Senior Attorney, CBP, Office of Regulations & Rulings, Rob Pisani, Partner, Pisani and Roll & Mike Roll, Partner, Pisani and Roll 
Valuation of imported goods is frequently a complex equation. Fines and penalties for declaring incorrect valuation can be extremely costly even when your imports are duty free. Hear what US Customs and Border Protection and attorneys have to say about key topics in valuation: 
Georgina Grier: 
Valuation best practices from a CBP perspective 
Valuation sample collection methodology 
Hot-buttons that Customs is focusing on 
 Rob Pisani and Mike Roll:
Inter-company transfer pricing (finished goods, sub-assemblies, excess inventory) 
Customs versus IRS value, convergences and divergences 
Reconciliation and other post entry value adjustment options 
Valuation of RMA shipments, what are your options 
Valuation of drop shipments, pro's and con's of using 'first sale' 
How to mine for Assist and NRE data, where to look in your company's ERP 
Wednesday June 8, 2005, Mandatory Automated Export System (AES) Filing- Requirements & Options Speakers: Dale Dickerson, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Delta L. Farley, Corporate Export Compliance Manager - North America, EGL Inc., Angela Wu , Manager, International Trade Compliance, Export/Import, Corporate Legal – Juniper Networks 
With the recent elimination of Data Entry Centers (DEC's) and the proposed U.S. Census Bureau changes to the FTSR, including mandatory AES or AES direct filing, industry professionals are in need of clarification on AES requirements and options.
Dale Dickerson:
A discussion of the impact of policy-level changes and what these changes mean to the exporting community. 
Overview of the AES mandatory filing program; what are the phase-in processes involved to implement full mandatory AES and what are the new requirements? 
What can exporters expect in terms of enforcement? 
Angela Wu:
What are the benefits of becoming an AES self-filer? How do I get certified? 
From a practical perspective, what are the real (on the ground) implications of the new AES regulations? How does that truly impact getting the goods out of port? 
Delta L. Farley:
What are the benefits of outsourcing AES filing? Best practices, pitfalls?
What are the "value added services" that could be useful to the exporting community? 
Wednesday May 4, 2005, Tools for Today's Global Trade Experts and Tomorrow's Leaders Speakers: John McKenzie, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP and Gary Fazzino, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Hewlett-Packard 
May is World Trade Month! We are celebrating by bringing you a 2-part program providing both a practical and policy perspective on trade. The first part of the program, led by John McKenzie, will be a hands-on workshop looking at the application of trade agreements and use of tariff engineering as a business planning tool. Secondly, Gary Fazzino will present his perspective on the trade agenda in Washington, D.C., highlighting issues global companies should be aware of to remain competitive in today's political & economic environment. We will also toast the 20th anniversary of Women in International Trade! 
WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) – varying degrees of application of the ITA; varying interpretations of product coverage under ITA; issues with countries like India & China 
Bilateral FTA's – what does the proliferation of FTA's mean and not mean for market access 
Government Procurement – impact of trade agreements on qualification under TAA 
Tariff Engineering – how tariff engineering can be used as a business planning tool and the pitfalls business planners can avoid by consulting with trade professionals 
What is on the agenda in Washington, D.C. for global companies in Silicon Valley? 
Emerging Issues in the Bush Administration's International Trade and Economic Policy-market access, trade barriers, R&D funding, US leadership, corporate accountability 
Areas of leadership for Hewlett-Packard in the current political and economic environment 
Prescription for how Silicon Valley companies can maintain a high degree of technological advancement and global competitiveness in the current environment 
Wednesday April 6, 2005, An Update on the WCO: What can we expect? What role does the WCO play in security standards? Speaker: Dick Uschyk Hewlett-Packard - Global Trade-Trade Facilitation Management
The convergence of technology is presenting a host of challenging customs issues for the trade community. How has industry addressed these changes in the World Customs Organization (WCO)? What changes have been made to the Harmonized System (HS)? What role does the WCO play in security? Join WIT-NC for an overview of the recent agreements in this area –where are we today and what can we expect tomorrow. 
Overview of current and future WCO HS rewrite processes 
Current issues before the WCO 
Areas where industry should focus their efforts 
WCO Task Force on Security and Facilitation 
Wednesday March 2, 2005, Attaining the Twin Goals of CBP: Security and Trade Facilitation, Speaker: Thomas O'Brien President Global Trade Security Consulting, LLC 
Can the US Customs and Border Protection bring together these twin goals in 2005? What vision does CBP have for C-TPAT, the future implementation for industry tactics and what tools can the industry use to secure its global supply chain? Join WIT-NC for an overview of what the industry can come to expect from the CBP as we all look towards logistical efficiency and cost reductions in an environment with tighter security controls. 
Please join WIT-NC to hear Mr. O'Brian share insights regarding: 
CBP updates on C-TPAT, CSI, and Smart Container programs 
C-TPAT program benefits 
Clarity of Commissioner Bonner's "vision" for C-TPAT 
Reasons why companies should consider joining C-TPAT 
How to have confidence in the integrity of your supply chain 
Industry benefits to a secure supply chain 
What really goes on after your vendors have shipped your order?
Monday February 7, 2005, The Eight Temporaries:  A Parable for Modern Times in China, Speaker: Nelson Dong, Partner Dorsey & Whitney LLP 
Come celebrate Asian New Year with WIT-NC on Monday for Little New Year's Eve at a festive Chinese banquet. To develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in China, Americans must learn more about the social, political and economic context of China. Chinese cultural history has often invoked the classic "Eight Immortals." How do the eight sectors of modern China parallel these classic Eight Immortals? Come learn how China's past and present intersect and leverage this knowledge for successful business operations in China. Please join WIT-NC for an insightful and interesting perspective on China and the Chinese culture. 
Nelson's talk will address eight major developmental trends in modern China that should be weighed by U.S. technology companies expanding their presence in that expanding economy. 
Wednesday January 12, 2005, Annual WIT-NC Member Appreciation Dinner and Program - "Leveraging Your Personal and Professional Circles of Influence". Speakers: Karen Murphy, Director, Applied Materials Inc., Monika Sandman, President, Urusan Consulting, Beth Peterson, President, Beth Peterson Enterprises
Karen Murphy, Director, Applied Materials Inc.—"Succeeding in a Large Corporation"
Monika Sandman, President, Urusan Consulting—"Building a Consultancy" 
Beth Peterson, President, Beth Peterson Enterprises—"Staying Focused on the End Game"
Wednesday December 3, 2004, Approachability Under all Conditions, Speakers: Jean Hollands, Founder and Laura Hollands-Steck, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center
Our authenticity can be everything when it comes to successfully managing our work and personal relationships. It is the one factor that will impact the critical component of likeability in the beginning, middle and end of our relationships.
Why is approachability critical for today's business executives?
What role does the Jack Welch rule of authenticity play in our success?
Leveraging authenticity in relationships where there has been bad history
Bringing authenticity to your work and personal relationships\Key leadership skills that enable us to get through the tough times
What is your likeability score in your workplace?
Wednesday November 3, 2004, Efforts by States to Prohibit or Restrict Global Outsourcing, Speaker: Carol Henton, Vice President, Western Region, Information Technology Association of America 
Your company is investigating offshoring IT development and support, call center or other work due to customer pricing pressures. Is your homework done if you've addressed the legal, intellectual property, tax and export compliance implications of outsourcing outside of the United States? Not if you haven't investigated the global sourcing legislation at both the state and federal levels that attempt to prohibit the transfer of U.S. jobs overseas. Please join WIT-NC to learn the scope and potential impact of these proposed trade barriers. 
Ms. Henton will address: 
Overview of specific state initiatives to restrict offshoring 
What state initiatives specifically address personal identity concerns?
Can these initiatives survive U.S. Constitution or international trade agreements challenges?
Impact of proposed legislation on business to business tax liabilities
What is the competitive reality of the offshoring trend? 
What should workers and industry be doing to remain competitive in the face of these challenges? 
Wednesday September 8, 2004, Trade Issues: Outsourcing to India, Speaker: John McKenzie, Attorney at Law, Baker McKenzie.
What are the key "must do" requirement validations and trade compliance due diligence required prior to launching new business initiatives or contractual commitments to third parties in India, relating to outsourcing operations? Please join WIT-NC to learn some of the key outsourcing considerations from a trade perspective: 
John McKenzie will address:
Understanding the implications of foreign investment approvals and exchange controls on your business transaction model
Complying with duty exemption restraints for capital equipment imports; consigned, loaned capital equipment
Safeguarding your company's critical intellectual property rights 
Determining the U.S. export control concerns
How to assess and minimize the risks with related or former BIS entities list companies 
Will a technology control plan or license be required for any technology transfer? 
Key considerations for ensuring your shipments comply with the Indian Customs regulations 
Ensuring that trade requirements and timelines are integrated into the outsourcing project timeline. 
Wednesday August 4, 2004, From Selecting a Solution to Go-Live: How HP Chose a Trade Compliance Automation, Speaker: Rick Reinhoehl, Business Partner and Solutions, Hewlett-Packard 
Where do you start when you have determined your company needs an automated trade compliance systems architecture strategy and plan? What are your systems architecture requirements? What are your "must haves" versus your "nice to haves"? How do you estimate how many resources it will take – time, money and people? How do you ultimately decide what is the best system for your company's environment? Learn how Hewlett-Packard approached its trade compliance systems decisions in the export area by joining WIT-NC on August 4th. 
Rick Reinoehl will address HP's approach to:
Defining business requirements and selection criteria for choosing an export compliance solution
Determining what factors fell within scope and not in scope
Determining the "must haves" versus "nice to haves"
Executing a selection process 
Choosing SAP's Global Trade Services compliance module for RPL, license determination and other screening capabilities 
Targeting the internal resource (time and headcount) requirements for testing, deployment and post-deployment maintenance 
Developing the timeline for implementation and getting management support and sponsorship to go-live 
Wednesday July 7, 2004, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Impact on Global Business Operations Speakers: Melissa Mandell Paul, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., Miami Office and Cynthia Chandler-Snell, Esq., FedEx Ground, Pittsburgh , PA.
The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prohibits offering directly or indirectly anything of value by U.S. companies and/or their subsidiaries for purposes of securing business or to influence the acts or decisions of government officials. As enforcement activities by the Department of Justice and the SEC increase, it is critical to understand your obligations and the potential risks within your company's supply chain. Violations of the FCPA can lead to severe civil and criminal penalties. Join WIT-NC for an overview of what is required of industry and how does this impact your daily operations? 
Overview of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act requirements and obligations and key cases involving multinationals in the high tech industry 
Avoiding engaging in activities where your loyalties to your company may be compromised 
Key impacts of the FCPA on emerging markets and your global operations 
FCPA Checklist…how to build a successful compliance program within your organization 
Strategies for protecting your company from civil/criminal penalties under the FCPA
FCPA compliance initiatives at FedEx
Overview of controls and initiatives at FedEx to partner with customers to mitigate risks in this area
Discussion of key FCPA exposures in global markets for FedEx
Wednesday June 2, 2004, Overview of U.S. and Wassenaar Control List Review Process: A Case History Panelists: Erik Oliver, Sr. Intellectual Property Counsel, Synopsis, Pamela Parrish, Executive Director, EDA Consortium, Roszel Thomsen, Partner, Thomsen and Burke 
The export controls for an item are based on their dual use capabilities while export commodity control classifications are based on the item's end use. What are the implications for industry when the language of the Wassenaar and U.S. Export Control List does not accurately reflect both the actual technology and processes in an export controlled environment? How can industry work to address these uncertainties and manage the risks of a disputed license requirement for an item, technology or software caused by an incorrect or outdated commodity controls? Join WIT-NC to hear from a panel of experts present a case history of the EDA Consortium's recent success in redefining physics based software used in back end lithography processes: 
Problem Statement: Classification Issues for EDA Tools 
Definition of the process and technologies used in back end processes 
Critical disconnects with structure of the ECCN 
Risks associated with ambiguous classification interpretations 
Why was this issue critical to Synopsis now?
Mobilizing Industry to Address a Technical Export Issue
EDA Consortium's response to member concerns
Critical factors in assuming leadership of a global issue in a consortium 
Key success factors in mobilizing industry behind issue
Finding common ground and key tactics for success 
Lessons learned
Leapfrogging the EDA Consortium's Success for Industry 
Overview of U.S. and Wassenaar List Review Process and Timeline 
Key players and government relations strategies that need to be engaged 
Current issues and opportunities facing industry 
What are key indicators for successful change in controls? 
How can companies successfully leverage these opportunities? 
Wednesday May 5, 2004 Knowledge Controls for U.S. Corporations: Raising the Ante for Deemed Exports Panelists: Rajat P. Kuver, Attorney Kuver Horne LLP, Daryl Becker, Adaptec, Monte L. Crawford, Corporate Counsel, LSI Logic
The U.S. Government's heightened focus on export license condition management and deemed export cases has created an additional urgency for companies to test and validate their compliance programs in these areas. The implications of U.S. export controls on foreign national visa and immigration process, offshoring and other business models continue to require business processes outside of the normal corporate intellectual property right concerns. Join WIT-NC to hear from a panel of experts: 
Overview of U.S. Deemed Export Controls and the Implications for the Foreign National Visa and Immigration Process
When do you need export licenses for your employees? 
Special considerations for determining your responsibilities for foreign nationals with dual or after acquired nationality 
Risks associated with "constructive knowledge" 
Foreign Nationals and "Technology Alerts" Abroad
Enhanced Requirements for Technology Control Plan Integration into Corporate Business Processes 
Proposed Special Comprehensive License treatment for inter company transfers
Integrating mandated TCP's into your corporate culture
Export Management Systems issues
Mandated ICP under the Special Comprehensive License  
Integrating Knowledge Controls Requirements into Corporate Governance Programs 
Internal Controls environment in companies today 
Ethics programs; Corporate compliance programs 
HR and Immigration issues 
Special issues with outsourcing or non-U.S. suppliers 

Wednesday April 7, 2004, An Update on the Implications of the HS Rewrite: Where Are We Today? What Can We Expect? Where Do We Go From Here? Richard W. Uschyk, Hewlett-Packard Company, Global Trade-Trade Faciliation 
With everything from cell phones to toys becoming web-enabled, the convergence of technology is presenting a host of challenging customs issues for the trade community-importers, brokers and customs administrations alike. How has the World Customs Organization (WCO) progressed in its multi-year review to rewrite the Harmonized System (HS)? Join WIT-NC for an overview of the recent agreements in this area –where are we today and what can we expect? 
WCO, position, relevance and role they play in defining global trade rules 
Overview of structure for HS rewrite process 
Results of the Ottawa report and key industry/U.S. Government proposals 
Critical outcomes of the third HS Rewrite review cycle 
What has been the focus of industry efforts? 
Overview of where we are at today from the industry/U.S. Government/EU Government perspective 

Wednesday March 3, 2004 Best Practices to Classification: A Nuts & Bolts Approach to the EN's, Rulings and Other Effective Classification Tools, Panelists: Ro Leaphart, Leaphart & Associates; Glenn Overstreet, KSI Corp; Tonda Fuller, Customs and Border Protection; Steven Baker, Principal of Baker and Associates 

As the global supply chain continues to become a reality, the issue of classification is becoming more important. Today, companies are not only required to classify to the U.S. tariff, but we must now consider the tariff of multiple countries. Your ability to remain competitive is dependent on an enhanced knowledge, awareness and understanding of the implications of the interpretation of the EN's, US rulings, WTO and WCO rulings, as well as other country rulings in order to define your product for global trade. Join WIT-NC in a nuts & bolts discussion as we use real world examples and walk through classification issues that the high tech industry faces. 

Usage of Explanatory Notes, Customs rulings, and other classification tools 
What tools are available for those in the industry? 
Implications in interpreting the EN's, U.S. rulings, etc. and how this affects your global supply chain. 
Practical exercises in the use of the EN's and issues you may face. 
How to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the EN's and other classification tools. 
Key classification-related issues that the Port of San Francisco is dealing with today. 
Why do these trends and issues arise? Is it related to the heightened level of security? How can companies stay a step ahead of the game? 
When is it time to get a ruling? What are the key strategies you can implement to prepare for HS rewrite implications and changes. 
What does your future hold? 

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