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Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)


WISTA is an international networking organization of more than 3,000 individual members from 45 National WISTA Associations (NWAs) whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level, in the maritime, trading, and logistics sectors.  WISTA promotes diversity in the maritime, trading, and logistics sectors, empowering women to lead through their unique perspectives and competencies, with the conviction that gender diversity is key in providing a sustainable future for the shipping industry internationally.  WISTA works toward: 

  • Minimizing the existing gender leadership gap in the maritime, trading, and logistics sectors; 

  • Building a community among its members, facilitating the exchange of contacts, information, and experiences; 

  • Promoting the creation of business relationships among its members; 

  • Facilitating the professional development of its members; and 

  • Providing liaison with other related institutions and organizations worldwide. 

Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America and winner of WISTA International’s Personality of the Year Award 2018, is our keynote speaker for the 14th annual WISTA USA Luncheon kicking off the CMA Shipping 2019 Conference in Stamford, CT, at 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 

There is a need for more women in top positions in the maritime sector. Despite positive support from many government bodies in encouraging gender equality, the increase in women’s representation in our industry still lags far behind others. Supporting and/or being a member of WISTA can make a difference. 

For more information on our organization and to join us, please visit 

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