CHARLESTON, S.C.—The 2018 Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) Soiree featured plenty of highlights—and Womble Bond Dickinson was front and center.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Ashley Kutz Kelley was officially installed as CWIT Chair at the event. In her two-year term as Chair, Ashley intends to continue to grow CWIT’s presence in the trade arena, and further integrate it into the growing manufacturing community in the Lowcountry. She previously served as CWIT’s Vice Chair and Programs Chair.

In addition, Ashley had the honor of presenting Adriane Malanos Belton, a former Womble Bond Dickinson attorney and current in-house counsel at firm client Mercedes-Benz Vans, with CWIT’s prestigious Woman of the Year Award for 2018.

Ashley also presented $10,000 in scholarship funds to deserving college students pursuing degrees in international trade in her role as the new CWIT Chair.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Jennifer Cory, Cynthia Morton and Dal Schreck also attended the event, which took place April 10 at Founder’s Hall in Charleston. Around 150 people attended the sixteenth annual CWIT Soiree.

CWIT champions the role of international trade and transportation professionals, particularly women, in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. By offering monthly lectures, networking opportunities, continuing education scholarships, academic scholarships and recognition for excellence, CWIT seeks to enhance the status of women working in trade-related fields while connecting professionals.

Ashley Kutz Kelley represents companies in the manufacturing, shipping, healthcare, financial services, professional services and property management sectors. She is an experienced litigator with a broad-ranging practice in federal and state courts, including business, commercial, financial, employment, product liability, and judgment enforcement matters. Ashley practices in the Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP Charleston office. The Charleston Regional Business Journal honored Ashley by selecting her to the prestigious Forty Under 40 awards list. She is a South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, a Roper St. Francis Foundation Fellow, and League Attorney for the Junior League of Charleston.