On Wednesday, July 19, at their 2023 Annual Awards Dinner (a/k/a the Trade Prom) the Washington International Trade Association and the Washington International Trade Foundation honored Senator Thomas Carper with their American Leadership Award, honored Congressman Adrian Smith with their Congressional Leadership Award, and honored Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

To close the evening, WITA/WITF honored Monica H. Whaley with their Lighthouse Award. The WITA/WITF Awards Dinner is Washington’s largest annual gathering of trade professionals. It provides an excellent opportunity for WITA members to connect with other trade professionals, business leaders, and dignitaries in a celebratory setting.


Welcome Videos by H.E. Dr Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America and H.E. Mr Bede Corry, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States of America

Senator John Cornyn, Presenting The American Leadership Award to Senator Thomas Carper

Former Congressman Kevin Brady, Presenting The Congressional Leadership Award to Congressman Adrian Smith

Former Speaker Paul Ryan, Presenting The Lifetime Achievement Award to Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard

Monica H. Whaley, WITA Lighthouse Award

Senator Thomas Carper, American Leadership Award

Congressman Adrian Smith, Congressional Leadership Award

WTO Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard, Lifetime Achievement Award.


Photos from the 2023 Annual Dinner