International Women's Day
On Friday, March 6, we honored five incredible women: Karen Kuhn, Associate Chief Counsel, Miami, Florida, Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami; Audrey Edmonson, Chairwoman, Miami-Dade County Commission; Marie Gill, Founder & CEO of M. Gill & Associates; and Christine Valls (whose sons accepted the award on her behalf), VP of Sales for Florida, LATAM, Caribbean and US for American Airlines.
During her acceptance speech, Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson stated "In the political world more women are getting elected than ever....but there is still a long road towards equality and equal pay." Marie Gill stated she was "thankful to my awesome team for sharing my vision and for working hard alongside me." Susan Harper said that in her "third post in Latin America, it is truly a pleasure to develop Miami as this international hub." Karen Kuhn expressed "it is very important to remember the contributions of the women who come before us, those are the women who have laid the foundation so we can do what we do today." Although Christine Valls was not in attendance to accept her award, her sons accepted on her behalf, and shared a message from their mom saying "we are her most proudest accomplishments."
The founding President of World Trade Center Miami, Charlotte Gallogly, was also honored after her three decades of service. She encouraged everyone to get involved in the cause of equality for women globally. "There is so much that can be done, if not for you for your daughters or your best friend or your mom." After 30 years with WTCM, Charlotte will be switching gears to pursue other endeavors. Our Chair Elect, Virginia Sanchez, and past chairs, were on stage to honor Charlotte.
Save the Date
The 18th International Women's Day Awards Luncheon will take place on Monday, March 8, 2021 and will honor women who have made significant contributions in advancing international trade and business in Florida and Miami.
The idea of an international Women’s Day first arose at the turn of the century, when in 1909, the first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States. By 1910, 100 women from 17 countries, who had gathered in Copenhagen, unanimously approved a proposal to establish an annual Women’s Day to honor the women’s rights movement and to support universal suffrage for women. Since its early conception, International Women’s Day has assumed a global dimension for women in developed and developing countries.
International Women's Day has been celebrated by the United Nations (UN) since 1975. The UN's annual commemoration serves to focus attention on the rights of women around the world, and highlights women's issues globally and focuses on their achievements. In 2004, the World Trade Center Miami decided to sponsor this event annually to recognize women who have inspired others to make major achievements in international business. More than 600 international executives/media attend the event each year.
Avalon Risk Management
CAMACOL - Latin Chamber of Commerce and Industry of USA
City of Coral Gables
Events & Office Consultants
Expo Convention Contractors
FIBA Women's Leadership
Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Miami-Dade International Trade Consortium
PCG Private Client Group Equitable Advisors
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, PA
South Florida District Export Council
The Miami Tunnel
Zomma Group, LLP