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OWIT-South Florida Announces Winners of the

2013 International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards


Francis Hondal, Nehama Bikovsky, Paola Isaac Baraya, and Hon. Louise Léger

to be honored at Awards Ceremony on November 12th at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant        

 MIAMI, FL (October 17, 2013) - The South Florida chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), a premier global networking organization for professionals in international business, is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards.  
The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Rusty Pelican on 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149.  The Keynote Speaker is Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List.  As a female entrepreneur, she understands the struggles of balancing family, work, and leisure.  OWIT is thrilled that she will be here to honor its 2013 International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) recipients.
Francis Hondal, group executive for Global Products & Solutions for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean region, has been selected winner in the Large Company category. Ms. Hondal is responsible for Products and Solutions Development and Management, Marketing, and MasterCard Advisors – the professional services arm of MasterCard Worldwide that offers consulting expertise in the payment industry. 
The winner in the Small/Medium Company category is Nehama Bikovsky, president of Maritime Consulting Enterprise (MCE) – a global consulting agency with expertise in Caribbean and Central America.  Prior to MCE, Ms. Bikovsky career contributions to ZIM Integrated Shipping began in the mid-80’s and included the founding of ZIM’s regional office for the Caribbean and Central America in Miami in 2006. 
Paola Isaac Baraya, the Economic Development Specialist-International Trade at the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, will receive the award in the Service category. Ms. Baraya’s role involves developing and implementing international trade policies and strategies to further the County’s position as a global center within the South Florida Region and within the United States. 
Honorable Louise Léger, Consul General of Canada is the 2013 OWIT South Florida Ambassador Award winner.  Her career at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has included postings in Colombia, Switzerland and Israel. In 1995, she was appointed ambassador to Panama, and in 2001 ambassador to Costa Rica, with concurrent accreditation to Nicaragua and Honduras.  In Ottawa, Ms. Léger has held the positions of deputy director of the Eastern Europe Commercial Relations Division as well as executive director and deputy director general at the Summit of the Americas Bureau.  Ms. Léger has also twice served as director general of Trade Commissioner Service, leading the Operations Bureau as well as the Client Services Bureau. Ms. Léger began her tenure as Consul General of Canada in Miami in September 2009.
Now in its 12th year, the IBWOY Awards recognizes outstanding women for their significant contributions to international trade and business in South Florida through their professional and community activities and mentoring of other local women. More than 200 of the most influential members of the South Florida international business community, including past IBWOY Awards winners, will gather to pay tribute to this year’s honorees.  The IBWOY Awards are made possible every year thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as Fuerst, Ittleman, David, & Joseph, PL; Latin American Connections; Binstock, Rubin, Adler, Aldecoa & Ellzey PA; Consulate General of Canada – Miami; Goldstein Schechter Koch;  Home Financing Center; Total Bank; and UPS, among many others.
If you are interested in sponsorship or securing a table for your organization, please contact H. Frances Reaves ( or Consuelo Salcedo (  
We look forward to seeing you November 12th! To register to attend the 2013 OWIT IBWOY Awards, click here. 

About the Organization of Women in International Trade

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping women develop and execute global trade opportunities. Its membership comprises women and men sharing knowledge, mentoring peers and youth, connecting with counterparts in other countries and exchanging business contacts and referrals. OWIT’s strength is the global expertise of its members who have a strong focus on planning and executing business opportunities involving international trade. The organization has 27 chapters and more than 3,000 members around the world.

Established in 1993, OWIT South Florida, formerly known as WIT-Miami, was voted OWIT’s 2011 Chapter of the Year and then-president Jennifer Diaz OWIT’s was voted as 2011 Member of the Year.

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Connie Reatti

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