World Trade Week


For 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.

World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with more than 600 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.

The 90th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast took place May 3, 2016  at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE.



U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman provides welcome remarks for the 2016 WTW kickoff.  


View ABC 7's coverage of the 2016 WTW kickoff breakfast.


Alan F. Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

Alan F. Horn oversees worldwide operations for The Walt Disney Studios including production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. He also oversees Disney’s music and theatrical groups.

A prominent figure in the film and television industry
for four decades, Horn has overseen creative executive teams responsible for some of the world’s most successful entertainment properties including the Harry Potter film franchise, the hit television series Seinfeld and most recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 Emcee David Ono, Co-anchor ABC 7, Eyewitness News


Special Guests 

U.S. Representative Ed Royce
House of Foreign Affairs Committee
Hon. Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
Attending the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday, May 3 meant a chance to bid on silent auction items, which included roundtrip packages to Japan, Abu Dhabi and the Grenadines islands. Portions of the proceeds fund educational programs for high school and college students who seek to pursue a career in international trade.
  • Japan: Don’t miss this opportunity to visit beautiful Japan. 
  • Abu Dhabi: Breath-taking luxury awaits you in Abu Dhabi.
  • Grenadines Islands: Unwind and relax on the tranquil Grenadines Islands




Stanley T. Olafson Award

The Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the international trade community, is presented to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California who has contributed to the advancement of world trade.
This year, a tie occurred. Both Fred Latuperissa, director of Southern California’s Inland Empire Office for the United States Department of Commerce (USDOC), and Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association (CFA), were jointly awarded the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award.
Fred Latuperissa, Director, Southern California’s Inland Empire Office, USDOC
Ilse Metchek, President, CFA
Read the press release announcing Fred Latuperissa and Ilse Metchek as joint recipients of 2016 Stanley T. Olafson Award!

Explore World Trade Week

            History                                                         Chair's Message 

            Info Guide                                                    Awards

           Education Initiatives                                   2016 WTW Scholarship Recipients

           World Trade Week Committee                   Sponsorship Information 

           World Trade Week Auction                         World Trade Week Calendar                    

           Global Initiatives Events at the Chamber    2016 World Trade Week Program Guide

Read the 2016 White House Proclamation recognizing world trade week as a national observance.

Check out videos from World Trade Week 2015!

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS! Please visit the World Trade Week 2016 Partners & Sponsors page to see our contributors.                             

Platinum Sponsors
Turkish Airlines
Gold Sponsors
DHL Port of Los Angeles Los Angeles World Airports Bank of America Air Canada Boeing NYK Ports World City East West Bank UPS Consulate General of Canada
Silver Sponsors
Port of Long Beach Consulate General of Mexico Mexico Tourism Board BNSF Railway Co. Majestic Realty United Airlines Consulate General of the UAE Etihad Airways Comerica Bank ProMexico UCLA Extension
Bronze Sponsors
Imperial Hotel Tokyo AeroMexico Ethiopian Airlines Interjet Brazil Business Link Citizen Watch Company of America City Express Hoteles Kuehne + Nagel Inc. BMW Performance School Volaris Bank of China Alaska Airlines Los Angeles Transportation Club Keesal, Young & Logan Japan Airlines Coppersmith Global Logistics
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group
    California Inland Empire District Export Council
    Centers for International Trade Development
    City National Bank
    District Export Council of Southern California 
    Evergreen Shipping
    FCL Logistics
    German American Business Association
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    International Trade Education Programs
    Japan External Trade Organization
    Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency
    LEVEL Furnished Living
    Los Angeles Regional Export Council
    Pacific Crane Maintenance Company
    Port of Hueneme
    Price Transfer
    Purolator Inc.
    Weber Shandwick

  • Arent Fox LLP
    The Belmond El Encanto
    Center for International Trade and Transportation  - CSULB
    Fogo de Chao
    Hanmi Bank
    Hilton Waikiki Beach
    The Janel Group
    Pacific Palms Resort

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