Published 05/15/17

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World Trade Day 2017 Will Explore Global Business Trends and Connections

SMITHFIELD, RI –  More than 500 leading business, political, civic, and trade leaders will attend Bryant University’s 32nd Annual World Trade Day on Wed., May 24. The event is one of the largest international business events in the region. It will discuss the dynamic international marketplace and the issues facing regional companies. 

Presented by Bryant University’s John H. Chafee Center for International Business, World Trade Day provides an information-packed agenda that includes keynote presentations, executive panel discussions, networking opportunities, and strategic resources to help people grow their companies, which, in turn, creates vital economic opportunities.

This year’s agenda under the theme “Connecting the World through Global Business” will focus on the interconnectedness of world economies and how trade policies will impact global markets and individual businesses. Speakers and workshops will explore global economic and geopolitical dynamics, corporate infrastructures, supply chain trends, and more.

World Trade Day provides a unique opportunity to participate in discussions on these and other global issues. “In today’s dynamic global business environment, it is critical for leaders to understand the trends that are unfolding around the world and its impact on relationships with the U.S.,” said Ray Fogarty, director of the Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University, and recipient of The John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award from NASBITE International, a professional organization for the global business community.

Featured Keynote Speakers

Morning keynote speaker Joshua Meltzer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution will discuss the meaning and impact of globalization for the U.S. Meltzer works on international trade law and policy issues with a focus on the World Trade Organization and large free-trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Luncheon keynote speakers Christopher Wenk and Karen A. Tramontano who will provide an update on the Future of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. Wenk is executive director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, including bilateral free trade agreements, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with the administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the business community. Karen A. Tramontano is the co-founder and CEO at Blue Star Strategies, LLC where she provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results oriented strategies.


Individuals, companies and organizations interested in attending World Trade Day can register online at or by calling the Chafee Center at 401-232-6407. More information is available online at

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