GLOBAL TRADE: Leveraging Washington D.C. for the SME Community in a Time of Change - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington D.C.

09/04/2018 - 13:00 - 19:30













Join the Virginia and Washington D.C. District Export Council for a half-day program featuring global experts who will share tips and insights into how you can make Washington D.C. work for your global objective. The program will conclude with a networking reception featuring a generous spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres as well as an open bar. So plan on joining us for dinner and waiting out the rush hour traffic!

You can register at this link and be sure to use the code DEC94 to bring the cost to $100.

If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Miller at or 703-277-7715

1:00   Registration and Networking

1:30   Welcome and Opening Remarks

- Aaron Miller, Vice Chairman District Export Council, International Trade Manager VA SBDC
- Andrew Gelfuso, Vice President, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

- Ian Steff, Performing the non-exclusive functions and duties Assistant Sec. for Global Markets and D.G. of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
- Bill Fanjoy, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center

2:00   Implications for American SME’s of a Changed Global Environment

- Scott Blacklin, Chairman, Virginia/DC District Export Council;
- Chris Millar, Founder and CEO, Gatekeeper
- Antwaun Griffin, Founder, Penn & Broad Partners
- Tom Ivy, President, F.R. Drake Company

2:40   Pro-active Trade Policy Management in the Post-Globalization Era 

- Stefanie Holland Director, International Government and Regulatory Affairs, CompTIA
- Matthew Reisman, Microsoft, Director International Policy, Microsoft
- Lisa Schroeter, Global Director Trade & Investment The Dow Chemical Company
- Tiffany Shackelford, Chief Strategic Officer, National Governor’s Association


3:45   Virginia’s Export Promotion Crown Jewels:  An interview with Qatar Global Network Partner.

- Ellen Meinhart, International Trade Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)
- Mohammad Barakat, Managing Director, US-Qatar Business Council

4:05   Overcoming International Trade Environment Risks by Protecting your Company
- Federico Manno, Fulton Bank

4:10   Navigating Global Risk: Applying a National Security Mindset to your Business
- Brett Bruen, President, Global Situation Room

4:25   An Agenda for SME Exporters

- Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade for America
- Derek Gianino National Engagement Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
- Andy Karellas, Executive Director, State International Development Organization

5:00   Transatlantic Trade Policy and Implications for SME’s

- Tomas Baert, Head of the Trade and Agricultural Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
- Anna Gawel, Managing Editor for the Washington Diplomat

5:30   Networking Reception