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WITA Academy: Pathways To Opportunity

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM (EST)
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Pathways To Opportunity Series: Careers in Textiles, Fashion, and Apparel

The WITA Academy Pathways to Opportunity program consists of a series of career pathways sessions hosted by trade professionals from the Washington D.C. policy community. The curriculum, divided between the public and private sector, utilizes the expertise of our members to highlight different roles and career paths that are available in Washington D.C. and around the world.

This one-and-a-half hour online event is open to ALL students from the University of Delaware, Fashion Institute of Technology, and other Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Member Schools (undergraduates and graduate students), to learn about careers in international trade and business. Registration is free for students and faculty with their university email – students must use university email to register.

Students gain insight from trade professionals, pose questions to policymakers, and learn about exciting career opportunities in international affairs, political science, business, fashion, apparel, and trade. Students come away with an understanding of the trade policy-making community, the role of its key players, and the opportunities for internships and careers available to them.

For questions about the event, please contact the WITA Staff

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All times below US/Eastern 

2:15 PM – 2:20 PM ET: Welcome & Introduction


2:20 PM – 3:00 PM ET: Opportunities in the U.S. Public Sector

Laurie-Ann Agama, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles & Deputy Assistant, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; former International Economist, Office of Economics, U.S. International Trade Commission (Ph.D. & Masters degrees in Economics, McGill University)

Felicia Pullam, Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; former Director of Strategy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; former
Regional Manager, East Asia, Maryland Department of Commerce; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, former Deputy Director, International Trade and Development, State of Delaware; former Practice Head, Asia, Corporate Responsability, APCO Worldwide (A.B. Politics, East Asian Studies, Princeton University)

Moderator: Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Policy, American Apparel & Footwear Association; former International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce (MPIA, University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in International Relations and Economics, University of Delaware)


3:00 PM – 3:40 PM ET: Opportunities in the Private Sector

Stephanie Lester, Vice President, Head of Government Affairs, Gap Inc.; former Professional Staff, House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Trade (B.S. Multinational Business from Florida State University, M.A. US Foreign Policy from American University)

Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart; former Senior Director, International Trade, Grocery Manufacturers Association; former Consultant, PwC; former Washington Representative, International Relations, Public Affairs, AMP Incorporated; former Presidential Management Fellow, CTC/US Department of State (M.A. in International Relations and Affairs, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, B.A. in Comparative Literature, Duke University)

Moderator: Sheng Lu, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware; former Consultant, International Trade Centre (Ph.D. in Textiles & Apparel Management, University of Missouri- Columbia – M.S. & B.SC in International Economics & Trade, Donghua University)


3:40 PM – 3:45 PM ET: Closing Remarks


The mission of the WITA Academy™ is to make trade education and career opportunities in international trade accessible to communities in the United States and around the world, and to make the trade community itself more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

The WITA Academy works with trade leaders in businesses, law, academia, NGOs, embassies and the U.S. Government to help stakeholders, students, and others to better understand and navigate the U.S. and global trade policy apparatus.

Thank you to our WITA Academy Sponsors

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