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Mission: United around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business.
Since 1996
501(c)(6) NY Chapter


Network. Mentorship. Leadership.

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a global confederation of locally based women’s organizations providing support, inspiration, information and networking opportunities to women and men who are active members of the international trade community. Members of the New York Chapter are part of a 501(c)(6) chapter, and worldwide network of more than 3,000 professionals whose involvement in OWIT enhances their knowledge of current global trade issues.

Our Members:

Our members represent a diverse range of occupations, including but are not limited to:

  • Banking and finance

  • Communications

  • Customs and trade law

  • Education

  • Government and Diplomacy

  • Import and Export Trade

  • Insurance

  • Technology

  • Trade-related Non-profits

  • Transportation

  • Supply chain

  • Other international services

Application for Membership


The OWIT-NY membership subscription runs for a full year from the time of payment.

Annual membership dues are currently $75 for regular membership and $25 for government or non-profit membership. Student memberships are FREE. 

You can apply and pay for membership dues below:

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About OWIT International

OWIT International- (The Organization of Women in International Trade), is a recognized worldwide nonprofit organization that aims to promote the advancement of women in global trade.

OWIT International is the global umbrella organization for chapters independently established in a specific geographic region. It has been building ongoing trade relationships within and between global communities since 1989. Today, OWIT International has about 28 chapters globally including North America, South & Central America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In addition, a virtual chapter exists for individuals who want to be involved but without a local chapter in an accessible area. Each chapter is a distinct entity such as OWIT-NY, and addresses issues relevant to the broader public in each area.


Meet the Board

Kathy Santillo
Deanna Clark-Esposito, Esq.
Aiko Chan
Karen King
Andrea Reyes
Jermeale Lewis-Johnson LCB CCS
Caroline Desjardins
Jennifer L. Moreno
Krishna Stefenon Petersen, LCB
Sara P. Schoenfeld
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Kathy Santillo


Kathy is inspired by global efforts to drive investment for social good. She has more than twenty-five years of experience living and working in Asia, North America and Europe. She worked for the USAID/India Mission, US-ASEAN Business Council in Southeast Asia, and The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In addition, Kathy volunteered as an Impact Ambassador with Impact Investment Exchange. She continues to believe in the power of women, libraries, and Harley Davidson motorcycle rides.



Deanna Clark-Esposito, Esq.


Deanna is the Managing Attorney of the Clark-Esposito Law Firm, P.C. where she helps domestic and foreign companies streamline their business through the navigation of federal and state law, global trade and transportation issues, and other means of assistance. In addition to managing her firm, Deanna is an adjunct professor at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where she teaches International Business Law and International Business Transactions. Her book which examines the global legal aspects of the fashion industry entitled, "A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance," was published in March 2018 by Fairchild Books of Bloomsbury Publishing.


Aiko Chan


Aiko is the Managing CPA of the Chan CPA PLLC, where she is an all-around CPA specialized in dealing with businesses for high net worth individual, import-export, manufacturing, personal services, real estate industry. Aiko is a trusted advisor to her clients helping them set up the right entity, and meet their financial and tax deadlines. Aiko has experience providing clients with financial reporting, tax projections, tax provision, individual tax returns, corporate tax returns, and partnership tax returns. In additional to managing her practice, Aiko is an adjunct professor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where she teaches accounting course.

Karen King


Karen King is a seasoned global trade professional and has extensive experience advising clients on complex import and export matters.  Karen is the Founder and CEO of Fronterra Global Advisory, Inc., a boutique consultancy firm. Prior to launching Fronterra Global Advisory, Karen spent 10 years with Ernst & Young’s Global Trade practice, most recently serving as Senior Manager and leader of the Northeast team.  Karen advises clients on a variety of international trade topics. She focuses her work on process improvement through identifying and assessing risk, ultimately helping to build sustainable and strategic compliance programs built on robust internal controls. Karen also has considerable audit experience across various industries and geographies and has conducted import and export audits to assist clients improve processes to adhere to government standards and regulations.  In addition, Karen has significant international experience, having managed process reviews for multinational clients in Russia, Europe and Latin America, and also having led large-scale global projects to implement worldwide standards and create consistent trade policies across regions.  


Karen is a licensed US Customs broker and a member of the American Association of Exporters & Importers, the Society for International Affairs, and the International Compliance Professionals Association. She currently serves on the board of the New York chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade. Karen graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish.  Karen is fluent in Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Russian.

Andrea Reyes

Marketing Co-Chair

Andrea Reyes is a fair trade advocate, educator and small business owner. She is the Chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition: a network of small fair trade business owners who support each other through education and experiential shopping events. She is the founder of A. Bernadette: a fair trade fashion brand in Uganda which hosts educational study abroad programs. She teaches fashion marketing, international trade, and business development classes at Baruch College, LIM College, Pace University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.


Jermeale Lewis-Johnson, LCB, CCS

Marketing Co-Chair

Jermeale entered this industry without much knowledge of international trade, but quickly learned this was where she needed to be.  She wasted no time in taking the customs broker exam in which she passed on her first try.  She currently works as a Customs Entry Writer in Long Island.  Her passion for trade compliance is further satisfied through webinars, and navigating the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  If there’s a commodity that she doesn’t know, she sure knows how to find the answers.

Caroline Desjardin

International Representative

Caroline is the liaison for the OWIT NYC chapter and the broader OWIT International team. With a background encompassing 25 years of experience working in the international fashion industry, Caroline provides knowledge in global sourcing, production and manufacturing. A lifelong learner, she recently earned her BBA and MBA degrees. Caroline is a solution driven leader who is passionate about improving ethical and sustainable production practices while promoting business opportunities. 

As the international representative of OWIT, Caroline believes in nurturing team excellence and sharing knowledge to improve best practices. She looks forward to serving on the board for the members of OWIT.


Core competencies, which pertain to international business and trade, include global supply chain sourcing, computerized industrial knitting with special interest in the manufacturing processes, research and development for product development, merchandising and brand marketing strategies. In her current role as an adjunct professor at LIM College in NYC, Caroline enjoys teaching Marketing, Business Management and Entrepreneurship to enthusiastic students.


Jenniffer L. Moreno 

Membership Co-Chair

Jenniffer L. Moreno is a mother of two young boys with leadership experience in the private and public sectors encompassing the fields of banking, education, and law. Currently, as a Small Business Relationship Manager at Santander Bank, Ms. Moreno facilitates full-service banking and transactions for commercial and retail clients leveraging the institution’s mix of products and services to ensure all client objectives are met. At Santander, she also serves as part of the (Conexión) a Hispanic Latin Diversity Committee as the Board Co-Chair of an (ERG) Employee Resource Group. Jenniffer has over 11 years of experience working directly with businesses and business owners. 

Prior to banking She was in the New York City Department of Education, where she served as the internal staff point of contact for the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) and managed a variety of projects related to investigations and grievances, coach certifications, and facility permitting and logistics. 


Early in her career, Ms. Moreno served as a Paralegal at a local law firms where she supervised a team of paralegals and assisted law partners with caseload management.  Ms. Moreno is an alumni graduate of LaGuardia Community College and attended Queens College. She loves instilling morals and values to her kids. In her spare time, she volunteers for causes impacting children, civil rights and social action,  arts and culture, economic empowerment, education, environmental and climate change.

Krishna Stefenon Petersen, LCB

Programming Co-Chair

Krishna Stefenon Petersen is a Licensed Customs Broker and customs compliance consultant. She provides consulting services on import and export classification, processes and procedures, and restricted party screening. Krishna performs import and export audits, and data analysis. Worked with Foreign-Trade Zones for crude oil and petrochemical products and on international tax related projects.

Sara P. Schoenfeld

Programming Co-Chair

Sara P. Schoenfeld is a Manager in the EY Global Trade practice in New York.  Sara assists clients in navigating rules and regulations related to the import and export of goods, developing compliant and efficient customs operations and procedures, and mitigating global trade risk.  Sara often works with multinational corporations to assist in supply chain restructuring and customs valuation planning.  



OWIT New York is greatful to our professional partners who support the organization through sponsorship.

Clark-Esposito Law Firm, PC
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Assumption of Risk Statement: Please be advised that anyone attending an OWIT New York event does so at their own risk and understands and agrees that the organization and its board members shall not be held responsible for any accidents, mishaps, or otherwise that may occur, whether foreseen or unforeseen.

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