The Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organization for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.
WISTA aims to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education, and mentoring in focus, we can enhance members' competence and empower career success.
WISTA USA, founded in 1997, is among the largest National WISTA Associations (NWAs) worldwide, with over 390 members spread across eight regional Chapters: New York / New Jersey; Connecticut; Washington, DC Metro; Florida; New Orleans; Houston; West Coast (California and Hawai’i); and the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon). Our members represent all facets of the maritime industry, including shipowners, charterers, operators, brokers, bankers, insurance professionals, attorneys, analysts, and government officials.
WISTA USA’s main goals are providing networking and educational opportunities for our members. In pursuit of these objectives, our various regional Chapters hold periodic meetings, seminars, and social gatherings throughout the year, occasionally in conjunction with larger marine industry events. In addition, the WISTA USA Annual General Meeting takes place each spring, and the International Conference, open to all WISTA members worldwide, takes place each fall. All of these events – whether local, regional, national, or international – provide tremendous networking and educational opportunities for our members and thereby enhance the benefits of membership in the organization.