2021 WITA/WITF Annual Dinner

Save The Date!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 

The Annual Membership Dinner, typically held each summer, hosted by the Washington International Trade Foundation, is WITA’s signature event. The Dinner attracts hundreds of top decision makers, policy shapers, and trade experts from D.C. and around the world. 

Organized by WITA’s sister organization, the 501(c)(3) Washington International Trade Foundation (WITF), the Annual Dinner is the biggest trade event of the year in Washington, DC. The event is a fundraiser to support WITA and WITF’s trade education activities throughout the year.

 

Attendees

This event is considered “widely attended” under both House & Senate Gift Rules.  Members of WITA are high in attendance as well as some Non-Members.

Awards*

  • The highlight of the event is the presentation of our various awards, such as the American Leadership Award and the Congressional Leadership Award, given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the field of international trade. Past honorees (listed below) have included Members of Congress, Senators, United States Trade Representatives and other Cabinet and Sub-cabinet level officials.
  • Another tradition at the Dinner is the honoring of an impactful individual in the trade policy community with our Lighthouse Award. Kept secret until the night of the Dinner, the Lighthouse is awarded in recognition of the contributions the individual has made over the course of his/her career to trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade. Prior recipients can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • * In 2020, because of the pandemic, no awards were presented, as we could not properly recognize honorees in an online format

Location

The 2021 Annual Membership Dinner will return as a live, in-person event! 

The WITA/WITF Annual Membership Dinner (#TradeProm) will be hosted in the Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, located in downtown Washington D.C. at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

WITA and the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center will be using the utmost caution and care for our event planners, attendees, and staff following all CDC and Washington D.C. guidelines. If it is not prudent for public health reasons to hold an Annual Dinner in 2021, we will be making the announcement in September 2021. 

“Trade Prom”

The Annual Dinner is packed with a ‘Who’s Who’ of trade policy professionals–over 500 attendees each year. It’s no wonder it’s come to be known as ‘Trade Prom‘.

Given the COVID-19 restrictions, our Annual Membership Dinner will look a little different. WITA will follow all CDC and Washington D.C. guidelines to ensure a safe and fun event for all attendees. WITA will create “safety pods” from each of the sponsorship tables to ensure safe social distancing among guests. All tables will be set 6 ft apart and following the modified measures of Washington D.C. reopening.

Given the current guidelines, WITA will not be offering half tables at this time. 

For more information, please contact Diego Anez, danez@wita.org 


WITA/WITF Sponsorship Levels

Diamond Level Sponsor Investment: $12,500

  1. WITA Executive Group Membership for all employees
  2. Recognition at all WITA events and in WITA promotional materials
  3. One free pass to every WITA policy event, virtual and in-person
  4. Access to all member-only online content
  5. An elite table at the Annual Membership and Awards Dinner*
  6. Diamond recognition in the Annual Dinner program
  7. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  8. Logo-Link on WITA’s website home-page
  9. Top recognition on WITA’s yearly signage
  10. A free ½ page logo’d congratulatory statement to Dinner honorees in the Dinner program
  11. Logo’d congratulatory statement displayed on screens during Annual Dinner slideshow

Platinum Level Sponsor Investment: $10,000

  1. WITA Executive Group Membership for all employees
  2. Recognition at all WITA events and in WITA materials
  3. 15 free passes to WITA policy events**
  4. Access to all member-only online content
  5. premier table at the Annual Membership and Awards Dinner*
  6. Platinum recognition in the Annual Dinner program
  7. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  8. Logo-link on WITA’s website
  9. A free¼ page logo’d congratulatory statement to Dinner honorees in the Dinner program
  10. Recognition on WITA’s yearly signage

Gold Level Sponsor Investment: $8,000

  1. WITA Large Group Membership for up to 10 employees
  2. Gold recognition in the Annual Dinner program
  3. 10 free passes to WITA policy events**
  4. Access to all member-only online content
  5. preferred table at the Annual Membership and Awards Dinner*
  6. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  7. Gold recognition in WITA materials and website

Silver Level Sponsor Investment: $6,000

  1. WITA Small Group Membership for up to 5 employees
  2. 5 free passes to most WITA policy events**
  3. Access to all member-only online content
  4. A table at the Annual Membership and Awards Dinner*
  5. Silver recognition in the Annual Dinner program
  6. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  7. Silver recognition in WITA materials and website

Half Tables Investment: $4,000 

  1. Small Group Membership at WITA for up to 5 employees
  2. Access to all member-only online content
  3. A half table at the Annual Membership and Awards Dinner*
  4. Recognition in the Annual Dinner program as a Major Contributor
  5. Opportunity to contribute logo’d collateral to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  6. Major Contributor recognition in WITA materials and website

*Given adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, table sizes will vary depending on CDC and Washington D.C. guidelines. 
**Free passes not available for use at all WITA events. After free passes are used, event member rate applies.

WITA/WITF intends to hold its 2021 Annual Dinner & Reception on October 20, 2021 if it is safe to do so. If it is not prudent for public health reasons to hold an Annual Dinner in 2021, the fair market value of your table will be converted to a contribution to WITF, the 501(c)(3) organization.

For a personalized invoice, please let us know!

Past Honorees & Speakers at the WITA / WITF Annual Awards Dinner

2019

Senator Chuck Grassley, The American Leadership Award

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, The Congressional Leadership Award

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, The Congressional Leadership Award

MC: John Veroneau

See our 2019 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2018

Senator Ben Cardin, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Pat Roberts, Congressional Leadership Award

Secretary Sonny Perdue, American Leadership Award

Laura Baughman, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Bivens Collinson

See our 2018 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2017

Congressman Rick Larsen, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Jeff Flake, Congressional Leadership Award

Meredith Broadbent, Lighthouse Award

MC: Kellie Meiman Hock

See our 2017 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2016

Secretary Penny Pritzker, Global Leadership Award

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congressional Leadership Award

Congressman David Reichert, Congressional Leadership Award

Bill Lane, Lighthouse Award

William Reinsch, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Venable

See our 2016 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2015

Congressman Paul Ryan, Distinguished Service Award

Senator Orrin Hatch, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Ron Wyden, Congressional Leadership Award

Ambassador Mike Moore, Lifetime Achievement Award

Everett Eissenstat, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Venable

See our 2015 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2014

Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., MD, Congressional Leadership Award

Congressman Ron Kind, Congressional Leadership Award

Ambassador Michael Punke, Distinguished Service Award

Ambassador Clayton Yeutter, Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Cutler, Lighthouse Award

MC: Ambassador Peter Allgeier

2013

Chairman Dave Camp, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

USTR Michael Froman, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

Congressman Gregory Meeks, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

Ed Gresser, Lighthouse Award

MC: Ambassador Peter Allgeier

2012

USTR Ron Kirk, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman David Drier, Lifetime Achievement Award

Jutta Hennig, Lighthouse Award

MC: Grant Aldonas 2011

2011

Senator Rob Portman, Distinguished Service Award

Senator John Kerry, Distinguished Service Award

Angela Ellard and Viji Rangaswami, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by USTR Ron Kirk

MC: Frusina Harsanyi

2010

Senator Max Baucus, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Distinguished Service Award

R. Scott Miller, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by former USTR Susan Schwab

MC: Dan Glickman

2009

Congressman Kevin Brady, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Joe Crowley, Distinguished Service Award

Frank and Regina Vargo, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

MC: Jim Kolbe

2008

United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab, Distinguished Service Award

R.K. “Judge” Morris, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by former USTR Rob Portman

MC: Cal Dooley

2007

WITA’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating of a Quarter Century of Trade Leadership

Keynote address by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez

MC: John Castellani Business Roundtable

2006

Congressman Charles Rangel, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Jim Kolbe, Lifetime Achievement Award

Keynote address by Senator Hillary Clinton

MC: Bill Lane

2005

Congressman William Thomas, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Robert Matsui, Lifetime Achievement Award

Keynote address by Congressman Jim Kolbe

2004

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Grant Aldonas, Distinguished Service Award

Deputy United States Trade Representative Peter Allgeier, Distinguished Service Award

Keynote address by Congressman Cal Dooley

MC: Bill Lane

2003

United States Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Distinguished Service Award

Keynote address by Jack Valenti, CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

2002

Congressman Amo Houghton, Lifetime Achievement Award

Congressman William Jefferson, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman John Tanner, Distinguished Service Award

2001

Congressman Phil Crane, Lifetime Achievement Award

Senator Charles Grassley, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Sander Levin, Distinguished Service Award

2000

Secretary of Commerce William Daley, Lifetime Achievement Award

Congressman Calvin Dooley, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman David Dreier, Distinguished Service Award

1999

Senator Max Baucus, Distinguished Service Award

Senator Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Service Award

1998

Secretary of Treasury Robert E. Rubin, Distinguished Service Award

Senator William V. Roth, Distinguished Service Award

1997

United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman William Archer, Distinguished Service Award

1996

Congressman Sam Gibbons, Lifetime Achievement Award

Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Stuart Eizenstat, Distinguished Service Award

1995

Congressman James Kolbe, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Robert Matsui, Distinguished Service Award


Questions? Contact WITA at (202) 312-1600 or events@wita.org

WITF is the 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational mission and activities of WITA.  WITF’s Federal Tax ID Number is 52-1907420.

Please note that the fair market value of each seat at the Dinner is $150, plus the amount of the WITA Group Membership that each table package includes. Membership pricing is as follows: Executive: $1,000; Large: $500; Small: $350

To calculate your charitable contribution amount, deduct the amount of the table and the group membership from your Investment amount above. 

Thank you for supporting WITA and WITF by sponsoring a table at the “Trade Prom”! 

All checks should be made payable to the Washington International Trade Foundation.

To download a Word.Doc copy of the 2020 Sponsorship Information, 2021 Annual Membership Dinner.

To download a PDF copy of the 2020 Sponsorship Information, see below.

2021 Annual Membership Dinner