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Welcome to The organization of women in international trade

Greater Triangle, NC
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Meet Our Executive Board

  President: Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer has lived in many countries all over the world and, most recently, in Italy for 12 years. The focus of her advanced studies has been International Business and cross-cultural business awareness. She has dedicated much of her professional life to helping business people cross cultural barriers and educating communities on raising cultural literacy and sensitivity. Although new to the Raleigh area, she has been working as Raleigh Refugee Programs Coordinator for the last two years and has been heavily involved with refugees and associated organizations around the Triangle. In addition, she is the Director of Business Development at Wake Tech Corporate and Business Solutions.

Marketing Chair: Emma Van Sant

Emma is a Program Marketing Manager at Red Hat who graduated from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business with a BA in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Chinese language studies. She has recently returned to the Triangle after working as the Communications Manager for Sourcefabric z.u. for two years in Berlin, Germany. She is actively involved in the community and a youth mentor with the Alexander YMCA Community Hope program. 

Treasurer: Mengyuan (Yuan) Farley (方梦圆), CPA

Yuan is a senior associate in RSM's Raleigh office and an active member of RSM’s China Desk. She provides financial statement audit to a variety of clients in manufacturing and distribution, franchise, nonprofit organizations, retirement communities, etc. She has serviced a Chinese parent company with audit work for its US subsidiary, and she has participated in multiple proposal translation work for Chinese prospects. She has been actively involved in community services, such as raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Arc of the Triangle, participating in Canes 5K, and volunteering in CPA Day of Service.

Membership Chair: Ginie Lynch

Ginie Lynch is Director of Communications for the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development (SFE&PD), where she directs public relations, marketing, branding, and message development for a nonprofit that teaches financial literacy. Ginie has a background in educational management and strategic communications. She has worked as a director of a university nonprofit institute, speechwriter, editor, journalist, and for an international nonprofit. Ginie has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Latin American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. She lived in the Dominican Republic and Spain and is very interested in global issues.


Board Member at Large: Kathleen Henry

Kathleen is an Economic Development Manager with Wake County Economic Development's business recruitment and expansion team. Kathleen manages all aspects of the business recruitment and expansion process. She also leads the organization's foreign direct investment initiative with the goal of recruiting more foreign-owned companies to the region. Previously, Kathleen worked for World Trade Center Savannah, an international economic development organization in Savannah, Georgia where she served as the Manager of Research and Trade Development, helping regional companies with their international growth strategies as well and managing the planning, marketing and execution of inbound trade missions and inbound trade and investment development efforts for the region. 

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