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Women in International Business Luncheon 2017

March 8, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

$65.00 - $80.00

Celebrate International Women’s Day – Wednesday, March 8th – with the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City for our second annual Women in International Business Luncheon. We will celebrate and recognize the women whose work is making an impact around the globe, and connect with each other while enjoying a delightful lunch at Kansas City’s renowned Webster House.

Dr. Kara Tan BhalaOur featured guest and keynote speaker is Dr. Kara Tan Bhala, the President and Founder of Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics, the world’s only independent think tank for research, education, and promotion of financial ethics.

Dr. Kara Tan Bhala has a rare combination of professional training and extensive experience in both global finance and moral philosophy. She has over twenty-three years of experience in global finance, much of which was gained through working on Wall Street. She has been a sell-side equity analyst, a sell-side equity sales person, a buy-side equity analyst, and a portfolio manager. From 1992-2001, Dr. Tan Bhala was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Fund. At its height, the Merrill Lynch Dragon Fund was the second largest Asian ex-Japan mutual fund in the world, with assets over $1 billion. Before running the Dragon Fund and Emerging Tigers Funds, Dr. Tan Bhala was a portfolio manager with Fiduciary Trust International in New York, where she ran the Far East equity portion of the United Nations Pension Fund. She was a lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business where she taught Global Finance and Ethics.

Learn more about Dr. Kara Tan Bhala here.


11:30 am      Check-in & Networking
11:50 am      Lunch served
12:20 pm     Dr. Kara Tan Bhala – Keynote Address
12:45 pm      2017 Women in International Business Legacy Award*

*One Kansas City area woman will be awarded the 2017 WIB Legacy Award. This individual will have demonstrated the following:

  • Professional achievement (in international trade/development), and has a long standing career in international trade
  • Is involved with other organizations in business and the community and shares her ertise
  • Proudly represents KC nationally/internationally
  • Is a member or supporter of ITCGKC
  • Has promoted the Kansas City metro area as a destination for international trade
  • Has often held leadership roles to mentor or advise young professionals or youth
  • Has demonstrated a drive to educate others in relation to international trade/development
  • Has an inspirational story

The 2016 Women in International Business Legacy Award Winner:


We had the honor of presenting Tina Roth with our first annual Women in International Business Legacy Award in 2016. The women embodying this award have had a long standing career in international trade and have used their knowledge and expertise to give back to the community. Their leadership in the trade support network of Kansas City, their mentoring of future generations of trade professionals and their representation of Kansas City as a hub of trade expertise (just to name a few) are the qualities that make up the ideal candidate for this award. These qualities describe Tina Roth perfectly. Congrats!





Ticket sales end 11:55 pm on March 6, 2017.



March 8, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
$65.00 - $80.00
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Webster House
1644 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, 64108 United States
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