Expert Roundtable on SheTrades Call to Action

The International Trade Centre is convening an Expert Roundtable on the afternoon of November 3, 2016 at the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, DC. The roundtable is designed to bring together current ITC partners with prospective new partners who can commit to helping ITC reach its goal of bringing 1 million women-owned businesses to market by 2020.

The roundtable will enable participants to learn more about the SheTrades Call to Action, launched in 2015. The initiative includes 7 pillars designed to enable women-owned businesses to succeed in the global value chain.  They include:

  • Championing quality data
  • Enacting fair policies
  • Securing government contracts
  • Striking business deals
  • Enabling access to international markets
  • Unlocking financial services
  • Granting ownership rights

Arancha González, ITC’s Executive Director, will be the keynote speaker.  Marion Jansen, ITC’s Chief Economist, will speak about Gender and the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises. Virginia Littlejohn – Co-Founder of Quantum Leaps, and Quantum’s President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, as well as Lead International Consultant for ITC’s Women and Trade Program – wrote the SheTrades Call to Action.  She will facilitate potential collaboration among roundtable participants in meeting these objectives, through partnerships, joint programming, and sharing of expertise and resources.

The program will consist of:

2:30 – 2:45 pm   Informal Networking

2:45 – 3:00 pm   Welcome, and Overview of SheTrades

Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre          

3:00 – 3:20 pm   Gender and SME Competitiveness

Marion Jansen, ITC Chief Economist

3:20 – 4:15 pm   Facilitation of Group Discussion – Exploring Opportunities to Collaborate

Virginia Littlejohn, Co-Founder and President, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Quantum Leaps, Inc., and

Lead International Consultant, ITC Women and Trade Program

4:15 – 4:30 pm   Wrap up

Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC

4:30 – 5:00 pm   Informal Networking

Please contact Virginia Littlejohn at for details.